Farmer converts algae into nutritious supplement

Spirulina Capsules, made from a green algae which is grown in greenhouses at Tiwi, Kwale County in this photo taken on October 22, 2020. For the algae to flourish, it requires warm climate and arid land, which makes Tiwi ideal.

Photo credit: Kevin Odit | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • It contains a large amount of protein and other nutrients, and has, for a long time, been eaten as a staple food in some communities for centuries 
  • Food security features prominently among the sustainable development goals, (SDGs) followed closely by health because one cannot speak of development where people are hungry and sick.
  • Spirulina has been around for over 3.5 billion years. It blooms naturally in saline-soda lakes found in the tropical region.
  • Creating the perfect condition for the algae to grow such as constructing the ponds and putting up a greenhouse cost Sh14 million.

Hippocrates, the Greek physician, famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”

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