I was somewhat nervous. This is the BBC, it is worldwide... you know the stomach-aches you get when you do such things.
We arranged to meet at 7.30 in the morning: I came very early with our driver, and they arrived exactly on time, which was good because, you know… there is African time and there is British time. We took them to the research organisation where they do tissue culturing. Usually, only the scientists are allowed into the lab but because I was with the BBC, for the first time I was allowed inside to see exactly how they work with the plant tissues to produce plantlets. It was amazing.
When we went out to the farm the BBC had asked to speak to the farmer with us alone. But the farmer had also asked his group members to come, and they welcomed us with songs! But the BBC said that was fine. Then when they got their drone out to film from the air, even more people came out and they were very excited, and I thought ‘Oh no, we’re in trouble…’ But it was okay.
Overall it went very well and I was extremely happy with the support from everyone here, and from Sheila Halder who is farm systems coordinator for Ripple Effect. It’s very good publicity for our work. My three children are very excited to see the programme!
Isaac Ogutu, Kenya