Eunice Ngoki, the Queen of Arrow Roots


Eunice Ngoki, the Queen of Arrow Roots

At Ngurumo village, Ntakira Location, Meru, she is known as queen of arrow-roots. Eunice Ngoki is a member of Meru Jitegemee group. After training on agro-ecological farming and need to revive indigenous seed and crops, Eunice decided to specialise on arrow-roots among other crops that had disappeared in the community. It was a time that many believed arrow roots could only be grown along river banks, but this was not the case for Eunice.

With time, recognition of indigenous and traditional crops increased hence demand for these lost seeds rose. Eunice decided to specialise on production of arrowroot seeds in her community. Arrow roots have not only been part of her family diet but a source of income too. With a small portion of land (60 by 100m), Eunice makes approximately KES 1,600 ($20) a week from her farm. This inspired her to grow other varieties of indigenous and traditional crops and vegetables surrounding her house in a small portion of land.

“Der Mensch ist, waseribt”.-A man is what he eats. This phrase could not be truer if you have not met Eunice. She has managed to feed herself and her family with a variety of nutritious foods from her farm. At her age, she is still looking very hearty than most women of her generation. She has endured the test of time, What is her secret? Indigenous foods!

Eunice proudly shows produce from her farm Photo: © Biovision Peter-Luthi
Eunice proudly shows produce from her farm Photo: © Biovision Peter-Luthi

Through the programme, the socio-economic status of women in Meru has improved as a result of having enough and diverse foods to feed their families. This is because women are more affected than men by hunger and malnutrition.

Therefore, in this international year of family farming, there is need to promote farming methods that are sustainable in terms of cost production (soil fertility) and easier to replicate. There should also be effective policies in place to enhance recognition and protection of variety of indigenous and traditional crops to reduce over reliance of fewer crops for food. This would go along in achieving MDG1 “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger”.

Story by: Hannah Kigamba

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8 thoughts on “Eunice Ngoki, the Queen of Arrow Roots

    • Samuel njuguna

      March 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm Reply

      I’m impressed by the arrowroot farming where can I get arrowroots corms I’m at Kikuyu kiambu county my contact is 0722214185

      • Hannah Kigamba

        August 22, 2019 at 3:32 pm Reply

        Kindly contact us via office number 0723684523 to link you with field person who can assist by linking with right farmers

    • Mtumishi

      April 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm Reply

      Hi i need good quality arrowroots on a weekly supply.Quote your price and quantity you can manage to supply every week.send me some of the nduma photos via whatsapp on 0727123696.

    • Irene onyango

      April 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply

      hi sijeny do still have have the arrowroots am in kisumu and would wish to no.0720310514

    • M. Otieno

      June 1, 2016 at 11:27 am Reply

      A selling 2 acres sukari f1 watermelon ready in a months time and 300 mature indigenous chicken for meat cocks kshs. 1000, hens kshs. 800 in kisumu . contact @ 0739947495

    • lilian

      June 13, 2016 at 10:45 am Reply

      hi guys i have plenty of arrowroots and sweetpotatoes if interested in buying contact me my number is 0716737003

    • ken

      December 29, 2018 at 12:30 am Reply

      kindly assist me with Eunice Ngokis contact we come from same county,am seriously inneed of arrow roots seedling and no. is 0728846300

      • Hannah Kigamba

        January 22, 2019 at 10:13 am Reply

        Kindly call us via 0723 684 523 we link you with our contact person on the ground and you will be assisted

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