Africa With less rain, farmers in Kenya quit food crops to cash in on legal drug

The government has struggled to come up with ways to make traditional farming more appealing as farmers in the north turn to growing miraa, a legal narcotic that needs little water and has a steady demand.

Ariel Zirulnick

When Omar Kutara‚Äôs grandfather tended the family farm outside Marsabit, it was covered with fruit trees, and rows of barley and wheat waved in the wind. But today, the stiff branches of miraa plants cover a third of that space.