非洲的城市农夫们

发自内罗毕——当我最近在肯尼亚首都内罗毕一家咖啡厅遇见尤妮斯·瓦嘉里时,就对她打电话的内容感到惊讶无比。她在手机里不断地询问她母亲家里玉米田的长势,而那个地方离首都还有几个小时车程。作为一名护士,尤妮斯希望用种地所赚来的钱来购买更多土地——然后再种更多的地。

虽然生活在肯尼亚首都,但尤妮斯每年都能在亲戚帮助下从经济作物种植中获利数百美元。而启动资金则是她当护士每月约350美元工资——不过这笔本钱早就收回来了。

尤妮斯是成千上万名生活在肯尼亚的“城市农夫”中的一员——而在非洲大陆则有数十万到数百万这样的人——他们靠“远程”务农来增加自己的收入。由于基础食品的价格达到了几十年中来的最高水平,许多城里人都觉得靠务农来挣钱还是报酬颇丰的。

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