As Bill and Melinda Gates said in their 2014 Annual Letter earlier this month “By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient.”
Yet despite this fact, you’ve probably heard a lot of myths that paint a more depressing picture, especially around food and agriculture. “African countries can’t grow enough food to feed themselves” or “All farmers in Africa are poor”. Sound familiar?
We’ve decided to bust some of these myths with help from our friends at Shujaaz, an amazing set of comic creators in Nairobi.
Shujaaz, which means “heroes” in Sheng (a mixture of Swahili and English) is a free comic distributed through Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper. Launched in 2010, it was born out of the nationwide reflection that followed the post election violence. It aims to educate and entertain Kenyan youths, giving them tips on everything from planting seeds to the role they can play in society.