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Cooking chapati in Nairobi, Kenya

This photo comes to us from Isabelle Prondzynski (prondis_in_kenya).

Cooking chapati

She says, “Cooking chapati on a jiko. Laborious work!

The charcoal fired jiko drops its ashes below; the little door at the bottom regulates the heat if necessary. The chapatis are cooked on a thick iron griddle which spreads the heat evenly and is used only for this purpose.”

I say, “It looks delicious!”

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December 25, 2009 Comments disabled

Kenyan festive lunch

We’ve been having some problems which meant we couldn’t post for the last few days. So here is last week’s Food of the World post, a bit late but hopefully not too late!

Thanks very much to prondis_in_Kenya for sharing these photos of a festive lunch to celebrate Mandaraka Day, which is a national holiday in Kenya.

Lentil stew

Chapatis

The menu was lentils and chapatis. Prondis wrote: “Kenyan chapatis differ from their Indian forebears and counterparts in that they are much bigger, and are made with fat. It is a lot of work to make chapatis… they are ideal for special occasions!”

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October 5, 2009 Comments disabled

High cost of transport in Africa

A study by America’s trade department found that it cost more to ship a ton of wheat from Mombasa in Kenya to Kampala in Uganda than it did to ship it from Chicago to Mombasa

Distance from Chicago to Mombasa: 8,274 miles (13,316km)
Distance from Mombasa to Kampala: 575miles (926km)

In an article about logistics in Africa The Economist uncovers some of the reasons why a road journey of less than 1,000km can cost more than an intercontinental voyage of more than 13 times the distance.

The main reason of course is lack of transport infrastructure. And this map puts things in perspective – the distances involved in creating an infrastructure network are enormous.

africa_in_perspective_map.jpg

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January 12, 2009 Comments disabled