In the book The Last Hunger Season, the intimate dramas of farmers' lives unfold amidst growing awareness that to feed the world's growing population, food production must double by 2050.
Africa’s small farmers, who comprise two-thirds of its population, toil in a time warp, living and working essentially as they did in the 1930s. Without mechanized equipment, fertilizer, or irrigation; using primitive storage facilities, roads, and markets; lacking capital, credit, and insurance; they harvest only one-quarter the yields of Western farmers, half of which spoil before getting to market. But in 2011 one group of farmers in Kenya came together to try to change their odds for success—and their families’ futures. Roger Thurow spent a year following their progress.
In The Last Hunger Season, the intimate dramas of the farmers' lives unfold amidst growing awareness that to feed the world’s growing population, food production must double by 2050. How will the farmers, Africa, and a hungrier world deal with issues of water usage, land ownership, foreign investment, corruption, GMO’s, the changing role of women, and the politics of foreign aid?
The Last Hunger Season Film Series: Part 1 - Expanding Possibilities
Four African farmers—three of whom are women—unite in action against their persistent hunger and conquer the annual hunger season (Wanjala) once and for all.
Documentary Film Trailer by Courter Films & Associates
Short trailer for the documentary film The Last Hunger Season: A year in an African farm community on the brink of change. Four Kenyan farmers. One acre of land each. One year of work, worry and hope. If they succeed, so might humanity.
The Last Hunger Season – Faith Video Series by One Campaign, Part 1
With the words of Exodus 3:17 as their inspiration, Leonida Wanyama and a group of her neighbors in western Kenya have embarked on a modern-day exodus.
The Last Hunger Season – Faith Video Series by One Campaign, Part 2
On "input distribution day", the members of One Acre Fund line up - not for food handouts but to receive their orders of seed and fertilizer.
The Last Hunger Season – Faith Video Series by One Campaign, Part 3
As the crops mature in the fields, hope builds for a future in which hunger will only be a distant memory.
The Last Hunger Season – Faith Video Series by One Campaign, Part 4
The long-awaited harvest arrives.
The Last Hunger Season – Faith Video Series by One Campaign, Part 5
For the farmers, a bigger harvest means that they can now feed their families and make investments in their future.
Book Discussions and Speeches
Roger Thurow talks about the smallholder farmers of Africa and the potential for good news in agricultural development.
The Last Hunger Season Book Discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Setting the Stage: One Billion Hungry. Can we Feed the World Sustainably?