Kenya’s farmers, brewers raise a toast to sorghum

Kenyan Brewers

As some of East Africa’s biggest brewers compete for a slice of the region’s barley and sorghum, they are finding fewer farmers like Samuel Gitonga, and more like Emmanuel Muteti.

On his farm in the Rift Valley, a region known as Kenya’s bread basket, Gitonga has long grown barley to sell to the brewing companies.

Muteti, in contrast, lives in Emali, a parched settlement in Eastern Kenya some 330 km (206 miles) from the coastal town of Mombasa. He recently switched from subsistence farming of maize to a crop newly fancied by beer makers – sorghum.