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Scientists target silkworms to contain Malaria

Scientists at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology are using the small factories that silkworm use to produce silk, to manufacture unique antigens on the spot that are key in diag [ ... ]

Fund targets climate mitigation innovators

In a bid to curb the vagaries of weather in East Africa Resilient Africa Network has launched an innovation grant challenge targeting scholars and researchers to develop models and innovations geared  [ ... ]

Rice farmers trick climate change with new technique

As weather patterns become unpredictable farmers at the Ahero Irrigation Scheme, one of the key rice farming projects in western Kenya, are turning to other crops during the dry season to earn them mo [ ... ]

Women counts on fresh produce to build schools

A group of five single women who benefitted from an organic farming training have managed to build two day care schools in Ruiru at an amount of Ksh 700,000 with the proceeds they have gotten from sup [ ... ]

Baringo farmers tame harsh weather with Aloe Vera

Low rainfall and a rocky terrain have not dampened the hopes of many farmers in Kimalel area of Baringo County. The soils in the semi-arid area may be unsuitable for production of many crops, but they [ ... ]

War victims find fortunes in cassava flour

A decision by 12 women to embrace cassava cultivation after the 1990s war in North Eastern Uganda has turned the region into a commercial cassava growing area, with the group being the lead supplier o [ ... ]

The multimillion farming empire the county chief built

Three years ago Tom Okello was just an ordinary sub county chief in Uganda earning a paltry UGX 150,000(Sh5, 000) which could merely take care of his family. But a short training changed the course of [ ... ]

Blind farmer leads agriculture revolution in Meru

Rows of succulent tomatoes sit comfortably next to nicely tended watermelons. Adjacent to them, tangerine fruit trees sways in harmony with orange ones in a three farm whose high yields are not the on [ ... ]

Farmer bakes a fortune with orange fleshed sweet potato

Romanos Opato a farmer in Kisumu has more than tripled income and diversified his farming activities as he makes cakes, mandazis, and porridge using mashed orange fleshed potato as the main ingredient [ ... ]

Project to tame malnutrition through mobile phones

Kenya is among Sub Saharan African countries set to benefit from a mobile phone project that will allow users access to nutritional and health information in a bid to tackle malnutrition at a time whe [ ... ]

E. African youth turn hay making into thriving ventures

An initiative to get East African youth to earn a living through constructing of hay making machine which they then sold to farmers is not only providing them with meaningful income but assisting farm [ ... ]

Goats help farmers fight climate change

Farmers in Nyando, Western Kenya are shifting from maize farming and ordinary livestock keeping to climate smart agriculture that helps them adapt to the changing climate. The rough and dusty road le [ ... ]

Government to reach 7million farmers with e extension

The Kenyan government has embraced electronic extension services in a bid to reach over 5million farmers that the current field officers cant reach due to acute shortage. With the country estimated t [ ... ]

Global leaders discuss environment,farmers in Nairobi

Over 1, 200 high level participants across the world including UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon are meeting in Nairobi to discuss environmental affairs including pollution, and climate change among oth [ ... ]

Maize farmers beat weather change with early planting

Farmers in semi arid areas, knocked by weather patterns are learning new techniques to beat the weather vagaries like planting before the rains start and buying seeds suited for their climate. The tec [ ... ]

Farmers turn to pigeon pea as rains fail

Farmers in Mbeere area Of Eastern Kenya have embraced drought resistant pigeon pea as rains become unreliable, a crop that also assisted them double incomes and yields due to growing markets. Traditi [ ... ]

Kenya loses billions in neglected value addition ventur...

Passion fruit farmers in Rift Valley have been earning a quarter from the sale of passion fruits compared to the price of the value added product, in a sorry state of affairs depicting how farmers are [ ... ]

Electrician generates light from food waste

An electrician has developed a domestic waste biogas system that uses food wastes, in a discovery that has now expanded the list of raw sources of generating power through biogas as prices of electric [ ... ]

Kenyan budget targets new age farming with Sh59billion

Kenya’s allocation to the agricultural sector in the 2014/2015 remained relatively low compared to previous years with the focus of this year’s budget leaning towards mechanized farming, irrigatio [ ... ]

Livestock maps tally global population and distribution

A group of agriculture experts have released a set of maps depicting world’s livestock populations showing the distribution and density of the animals down to one kilometer with the maps deemed to p [ ... ]

Graduate creates low cost bioorganic fertilizer

A 30 year old entrepreneur has delved into fertilizer business providing affordable environmentally friendly fertilizer to smallholder farmers at a time when lack of fertilizer is blamed for dwindling [ ... ]

Smallholder farmers bear the brunt of weather change

Timothy Kiongo has grown maize, beans and soya in his one hectare piece of land for the last 50 years. Every harvest he gets 25 bags of maize,  but since 2010 he is lucky to even get five bags pe [ ... ]

Continental competition entices youth with Sh2million g...

A continental agribusiness competition is seeking to reward youth with ideas on how to improve productivity of certain crops, and is seen as a way of enticing youth to a sector capable of bridging the [ ... ]

Water harvesting lifts Njoro farmer’s fortunes

A farmer in Njoro area is perfecting the art of water harvesting which has assisted him in irrigating his farm and managed to increased area of cultivation to 12 acres. This even as the cycle of wate [ ... ]

Youth group doubles household incomes with extension se...

A group of enterprising youth farmers in Uasin Gishu are pushing for the adoption of short term crops in a county that has been dominated by maize, a move that has tripled income for over 800 farmers. [ ... ]

Kenya farmers premier in earning carbon credits

A climate change body representing over 60,000 farmers who are on 45,000 hectares has become the first of its kind to earn carbon credit for locking carbon on soil and assisting farmers increasing yie [ ... ]

Climate change driving African bee to extinction

Deforestation and climate change are driving African honey bee to extinction contrary to popular belief that synthetic chemicals are according to scientists. The possible extinction would deal a major [ ... ]

Farmers stuck with old crops despite climate threat

Scientists are sounding the alarm on farmers’ obsession with old crops that are threatened by changing climate and which ultimately may have a severe effect on food security in the country. Kenya h [ ... ]

Farmers fight climate change with home made interventio...

Smallholder farmers are leading scientists in documenting some of the local interventions they are applying in combating changes in weather which have insulated them even as crop production falls. Re [ ... ]

‘Money maker pump’ showers farmers pocket

A 70-year-old farmer from Kitale has lifted his earnings from Sh1,000 a month to Sh50,000 by selling his only dairy cow to buy a water pump. Maurice owns a small piece of land in Eldoret. Upon the  [ ... ]

World Bank launches manual to coordinate climate change...

World Bank has released a manual that assists governments and institutions coordinate and communicate activities on disaster and climate change as the effects of change in weather hits home. Dubbed O [ ... ]

Eating less meat reduces climate change, study

Eating less beef and reducing food waste can reduce greenhouse gases responsible for climate change by as much as 50- 90 percent by 2030, the equivalent of removing all cars in the world, while mainta [ ... ]

Flower companies court solar energy to stem rising prod...

A rising number of flower companies are now embracing use of solar energy in their daily operations as they move to insulate themselves from erratic electricity supply. The move has been hailed as a  [ ... ]

Bird flight patterns guide scientists in weather foreca...

A project by the Drought Monitoring Centre is now embracing traditional weather indicators like bird flights to find scientific interpretation to weather as changes in weather alters traditional scien [ ... ]

Eucalyptus trees absorb carbon, protecting Central Keny...

Farmers are replanting eucalyptus tree which findings have shown is key to fighting climate change with a one-hectare piece of land which has 840 eucalyptus saligna trees being capable of sequestered  [ ... ]

ICIPE seeks to tame bee diseases with training

Over 40 bee keeps from 26 English speaking countries in Africa have received training aimed at increasing awareness, prevention and control of bee pests and diseases, at a time when the pollinator ins [ ... ]

Pastoralists share land, taming conflict, competition f...

A group of pastoralists in Rift Valley are using scarce land for grazing, cultivation and conservation in a model that is limited competition for resources, taming human wildlife conflict and attracti [ ... ]

Maasai women farmers lead in water harvesting

A group of Maasai women in the Olepolos area of Kajiado are leading in water harvesting which is showering their farms at a time when climate related drought has taken its toll on their livestock. In [ ... ]

City families fight biting food shortage with urban gar...

Written by Bob Koigi for Farmbizafrica Bereta Wahinya a retired teacher in the low income Kawangware area of Nairobi has never known food woes despite the erratic supply and prices of most staple p [ ... ]

Conservation agriculture manual launched for Muslim far...

A manual on conservation agriculture meant for Muslim farmers in Africa has been launched to introduce millions of Muslim farmers to sustainable farming practices for the first time. Islamic Farming: [ ... ]

Farmers embrace Rhodes grass to fight climate change

Farmers across the country are benefitting from unique training on fodder crops that withstands the vagaries of weather at a time when climate change has taken its toll on pasture affordability. Anto [ ... ]

Project creates lowcost greenhouses for East African fa...

A project by US students is helping East African farmers move beyond subsistence farming by developing affordable, inexpensive greenhouses at a time when the pricey greenhouses have locked majority of [ ... ]

Smallholder farmers pay the price of poor farming polic...

Kimathi Makira an IT graduate enjoys the dangling bananas and the succulent tomatoes in his farm. Though his farm feels not much bigger than a handkerchief, about three quarter of an acre, he has inve [ ... ]

Farmers reap fortunes turning rock to arable land

The scramble for agricultural land by real estate coupled with discovery of minerals are taking a toll on Kenya’s arable land even as population soars, but a group of vanguard farmers are now rehabi [ ... ]

Radio still king among Kenya’s smallholder farmers

Kenya’s smallholder farmers still count on radio to learn new techniques of improved farming despite a boom in technology but still argue they cannot get as much information as they need. Findings  [ ... ]

Kenya goes after fake pesticides with new law

Kenya is fine-tuning a new legal framework to regulate the registration and oversight of pesticides at a time when legal gaps have given dubious traders a chance to sneak substandard products to the m [ ... ]

Kenya faces East for mechanized agriculture

Kenya is planning to mechanise its agriculture and looking to India for farm equipment that will bring down production costs at a time when there has been heightened interest in modern farming by smal [ ... ]

The golden girls of Kenya’s agriculture

As the world marks International day of women, Kenya’s recognition of women farmers has been dismal even as studies show that 80 percent of all Kenyan farmers are women. A paltry one percent of the  [ ... ]

The diabetic teacher who found fortunes in pig farming

A decision to quit teaching and concentrate on farming on health grounds for Mary Namaganda has turned into a promising pig business now housing over 80 pigs and giving her a tidy income of Sh 450, 00 [ ... ]

Dryland farmer basks in climate resilient agriculture

A farmer in the arid Matungulu district of Eastern Kenya is shielding himself from dry spells by embracing climate resilient farming like beekeeping and has become a model to others as thousands of cu [ ... ]

Goat milk research paper births milk supply station

A research paper on goat milk has been the spark that has transformed an idea of an intern into a milk supply station processing over 120 litres of milk daily and now delving into yoghurt processing.  [ ... ]

Kenyan women in diaspora rake millions with health plan...

A group of enterprising Kenyan women living in Minnesota US are growing and selling a rare type of plant to local stores and pharmaceutical companies, a move that has turned them into overnight millio [ ... ]

Kenya risks agricultural destruction on demised EU trad...

Kenya is teetering on the brink of a massive revenue loss after trade talks it initiated in 2007 with the European Union now threaten to stall following continued disagreements. The contention in the [ ... ]

Ash yoghurt catapults pastoralists to international sta...

In a move that promises to increase Kenya’s milk shelf life and diversify milk products offered locally, members of the Tarboi community of Western Pokot are making yoghurt from goat and cow milk th [ ... ]

Researchers grow pest free yams in the air


Aeroponics technology which involves growing plants in air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium and which has been common in Kenya has received another heads up with scie [ ... ]

Consortium to roll out 100 Africa only crops

The African Orphan Crops Consortium has initiated plans to research and develop over 100 more nutritious African crop species which were formerly neglected in a move aimed at improving the nutrition o [ ... ]

Scientists use satellite images to understand land use ...

A group of researchers have been burning the midnight oil are using data collected over more than fifty years to determine the factors that result in positive and negative land use change through unde [ ... ]

Scientists bet on insects to address biting food shorta...

Insects like termites and mayflies could become a delicacy in Kenyan homes and address environmental degradation, with local scientists promoting their benefits as a simple, environmentally friendly s [ ... ]

Agribusiness reforms seeks to grow farmers’ income

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has announced a five-year project that seeks to increase incomes of smallholder farmers through the creation of an enabling policy environment in A [ ... ]

Fish project turns Western farmers into full time entre...

Over 720 fish farmers in Western Kenya no longer farm for subsistence but now run businesses where they sell fish feeds and turned into full time entrepreneurs with ready markets. Dubbed the Aqua Shop [ ... ]

Farmers and researchers meet through Mshamba

A mobile phone enabled technology developed by a group of young graduates last year to help farmers in rural Africa link up with crop researchers, meteorological departments and veterinary scientists  [ ... ]

Village banks provide cheap financing for rural farmers

A model that allows farmers to take quick informal loans and repay them without stringent repayment measures like collateral is fast rising across Kenyan rural areas with almost every farmer belonging [ ... ]

Super grass cuts greenhouse gases, tripling yields

Scientists have discovered a ‘Super grass’ that can not only help mitigate the environment against over a third of greenhouse emissions but also increase crop yields by about 50 percent and lessen [ ... ]

Ducks hold key to fighting climate change, study

The over 1.5 million ducks available in Kenya could soon become the cheapest way of controlling pests and climate change if success stories of their use in other countries and new research are anythin [ ... ]

Germinating factory speeds seeds access time for farmer...

A solar powered mobile germination and seedling plant factory that halves the time seeds take to germinate while producing ten times more seeds than traditional methods has been unveiled in Uasin Gish [ ... ]

Scientists discover low cost preservation method for co...

Scientists have found a low cost innovative way of storing the drought-tolerant legume,cowpeas, so as to prevent their destruction by weevils, in a move that could benefit millions of farmers across A [ ... ]

Schools delve into ‘1000 gardens’ supplementing inc...

A project launched to create hundreds of productive gardens in schools and communities by cultivating indigenous plants and showing how they can generate healthy, nutritious foods has created over 200 [ ... ]

Trainings turns agro dealers to extension officers, ste...

As government struggles with an acute shortage of extension officers, currently standing at one extension officer to 1200 farmers, a new model that now seeks to transform agro dealers and agricultural [ ... ]

Policy positions potato as Kenya’s food of the future

The Kenyan government is formulating a policy to position the potato as a strategic crop, to increase the country's food security and job creation. The potato is Kenya's second most important food cro [ ... ]

Climate change realigns coffee growing zones

News by coffee researchers in the country that new zones had been identified as the next production frontiers is not only music to the ears of the farmers in those areas but also to the country and a  [ ... ]

Agriculture’s finest feted at Farmers Awards

Pomp and fanfare best described the Premier National Farmers award which saw both large and small scale farmers feted for their novel contribution to the economy and food security. A one of its kind j [ ... ]

Project to offset carbon foot print rewards farmers, op...

Thousands of farmers involved in a programme to equip them on growing seedlings of high value trees and plants are now earn decent incomes in a market fuelling a secondary markets in leaves sold to ma [ ... ]

Borstal boys beat climate change with biogas digesters

Ethan Wandati drives the saw back and forth with the precision of a skilled blacksmith as he cuts a metallic pipe. His sweaty face and dirty hands testament to a work that has taken time and effort to [ ... ]

Soybean project lift household incomes, bridges import ...

A project in Nyanza and Western areas of Kenya to scale growing of soyabean is not only scaling household incomes, but also shielding the locals from dangers that come with over reliance on traditiona [ ... ]

‘Plant A fruit’ births agripreneurs among school ch...

In a bid to deepen awareness on the importance and adoption of agribusiness among the youth, Plant A Fruit an agricultural organization with an interest in the young people is now focusing on primary  [ ... ]

‘Queen of urban farming' earns from Nairobi’s plast...

Behind rows of succulent tomatoes and towering onions planted in plastics in Nairobi’s Mathare slum, is the story of one woman’s resolve to rid the area of plastic eyesore that has not only solved [ ... ]

Multipurpose stove cuts firewood reliance, lights thous...

A company in Uganda has invented a multi purpose stove that is not only saving 50 percent of firewood used by households, but lighting up thousands of families that are hitherto not connected to the n [ ... ]

Kenya steps up resolve to save its coffee

The Kenyan government in conjunction with the private sector has teamed up to reclaim the lost glory of coffee, widely known as Kenya's black gold which has has performed dismally locally even as it a [ ... ]

Ugandan farmers call center stems extension officers’...

A farmer call center in Uganda is helping government stem the biting extension officers’ shortage in the country by courting technology that can hold one thousand calls at once, allowing as many far [ ... ]

Ukambani farmers build gourd museum, diversifying incom...

A group of enterprising women farmers in Eastern Kenya have been working to reverse the loss of gourd diversity in the area by collecting the seeds of the gourds, planting them and upon maturity selli [ ... ]

Kenyan youth access quarter a million shillings for egg...

The Youth Enterprise Development Fund has widened its financing portfolio by introducing financing for egg hatching incubators to eligible entrepreneurs, rubber stamping its resolve to create more job [ ... ]

AWARDing women scientists in Africa

A programme designed to put women in the front seat of research and science has returned resounding success at local and policy level, having trained over 250 women scientists in Africa, majority from [ ... ]

AGRA launches Africa’s agriculture bible

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has launched a report on the state of agriculture in Africa, the first of its kind in the continent, that analyses the staple crops production from [ ... ]

Scientists fight climate change, population pressure wi...

In a bid to balance the consumption demand between animals and mankind researchers are courting sweet potato as pressure from climate change and population growth puts households at food security risk [ ... ]

Government courts tech to stem shortfall in extension s...

The Ministry of Agriculture has launched a Sh50million electronic extension service in a bid to address the chronic shortage of extension officers and also entice more youth to agriculture at a time w [ ... ]

Sh5billion set to revolutionize Africa's strategic crop...

Kenya is among 20 African countries set to benefit from a $63million project that seeks to increase the potential of four key African crops, rice,maize, cassava, and wheat, by increasing yields of eac [ ... ]

Tag farming makes a comeback on increased farming appet...

A farming model where farmers come together to till each other's land in turn at no pay, and which was common in the nineties, is making a comeback having now assisted farmers till large pieces of lan [ ... ]

Banana leaf sanitary towels keep poor rural girls in sc...

A project in Uganda and Rwanda is making low cost sanitary pads from banana stalks, assisting thousands of rural women and girls access the hitherto highly priced pads, at a time when research shows t [ ... ]

Government invests in urban farmers to feed rising popu...

Wimaka Theuri, a resident of Nairobi's Githurai area navigates through towering lushes of maize to water his onions and cabbages in a small oasis, barely bigger than a basketball field, that has not o [ ... ]

Masts to measure weather and refrigerate vaccines

Telecommunication masts that are a common sight in many parts of the country can now be used to predict weather patterns and provide electricity to regrigerate vaccines scientists now say. The revelat [ ... ]

Ukambani farming gets facelift with new college

The Sh16million government funded Makueni Agricultural Training Centre is set to be unveiled in the course of this year and is touted as one of the premier institutions to benefit farmers match theory [ ... ]

Amiran picks Juliani to lure 'Facebook farmers'

Amiran Kenya has launched an initiative to lure the over 10 million unemployed Kenyan youths into new age farming in a bid to reverse the perception that the venture is for the old. The company has pa [ ... ]

Staple food Project promises farmers double income in 1...

A 15 year project has been launched by agricultural bodies aimed at increasing staple food crop yields by 60 percent, average farm income by 50 percent and restoring 40 percent of degraded farms in ar [ ... ]

Horticultural farmers get training center that promises...

The Kenya Agricultural Institute(KARI) in collaboration with Fresh Produce and Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) has launched a modern state of the art farmer training center to train farmers on& [ ... ]

Maize farmers increase shelling speed by 40x with bicyc...

Two enterprising farmers in Isinya have purchased bicycle powered maize sheller, a device that  remove grains from husks at forty times the rate of shelling by hand, a venture they are now cashin [ ... ]

Extension centers bring knowledge to farmers' doorsteps

Small holder farmers in Meru and Loitoktok are set to benefit from the knowledge gained from extension services to be provided by the community based Agribusiness Training Centers which will first be  [ ... ]

Farmer quenches locals' thirst with weed juice

At a time when farmers have been busy removing weeds from their field, one woman has been busy planting them, making juices from them tripling her income and wining admiration from scientists and the  [ ... ]

City women use old tyres to grow vegetables

Over 7,000 tyres are discarded a day in Kenya after being worn out beyond repair, yet the same tyres are proving important to hundreds of urban dwellers who are now recycling them into gardens that ar [ ... ]

Students make nutritious oil from fish waste

Kenyan consumers are set to benefit from a more nutritious and cheaper Nile Perch Viscera Oil, rich in Omega3-fatty acids courtesy of three students from the University of Nairobi, in a venture that i [ ... ]

Biogas project lights households at zero cost

Kenyan households interested in biogas but struggling with the prohibitive cost of installation can now breathe easy after a project to install the biogas free of charge, but which they would later pa [ ... ]

Government mulls agribusiness course in schools

Public schools in the country will by 2015 be expected to inculcate agribusiness in their curriculum, as government moves to shift dominant perception of agriculture as an old man's job, counting on y [ ... ]

Student triples earnings making bamboo umbrellas

An innovative mechanical engineering student has designed a unique bamboo umbrella, whose demand by corporates and individuals has hit sky high and is earning him more than triple what he would earn s [ ... ]

New competition targets young Facebook farmers

Young African Express in conjunction with the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) has introduced Smart Farming Competition of the year, the first of its kind in the country, a camp [ ... ]

Duo modify local stove to create a safer,cheaper cookin...

The death of a close friend after inhaling carbon monoxide from a stove has been the spark that has seen two engineering students modify a charcoal stove into a safe, environmental friendly stove that [ ... ]

Sun best bet for processing the lucrative Aloe paste st...

Using the sun to process the much sought after Aloe sap paste produces a higher quality end product and in half the time used in conventional processing methods like using firewood a recent study by I [ ... ]

Export paper trail strangles Kenyan sales and earnings

Few local producers can fund the multi-layered paper trail necessary to selling their goods beyond Kenya, in sharp contrast to Rwanda, which has unleashed an exports bulge by simplifying processes, re [ ... ]

Africa holds key to trillion dollar food market, World ...

Farmers in Africa can create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they expanded their access to more capital, better technology, irrigated land and grow high-value nutritious foods says a World Ba [ ... ]

Kenya scores another first with climate resource center

The war on climate change has gone a notch higher with the launch of a climate change resource center to aid in sharing of information across East African states and their neighbours, months after Wor [ ... ]

Kenya uses technology to explore underground water

An ambitious pilot project launched eight months ago in Nairobi to map groundwater water which would establish quantity and quality with the aim of exploiting the water in case of emergency like droug [ ... ]

Fund to change face of Turkana farming

Livestock farmers in Samburu, Pokot and Turkana are among the beneficiaries of a US$56million fund from the African Development Bank (AfDB) that has been set aside to jumpstart modern day farming that [ ... ]

US hospital feed patients with greenhouse, teaches Keny...

A hospital in US has built a one of its kind greenhouse in the hospital precincts as it seeks to improve patients' diet and reduce food expenses, offering big lessons to Kenyan hospitals that are stru [ ... ]

Government mulls fertilizer plant with caution

Kenya is constructing a Sh27billion fertilizer factory starting next year, expected to cut fertilizer prices by up to 40 percent while bridging the acute supply shortfall that has been blamed for poor [ ... ]

The Sh383billion to awaken the sleeping giant

The government will set aside Sh383 billion to transform agriculture into a modern, well paying job in the next three years according to the National Agribusiness Strategy launched by President Mwai K [ ... ]

Web tool points farmers to best irrigation options

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has developed an interactive, web-based mapping tool for Sub Saharan African farmers and policymakers that assists them in selecting the best i [ ... ]

Government opens Sh2bn farmer census to match policy wi...

The government is launching a Sh2bn national census of Kenyan farmers,which will take one-and-a half-years and survey millions of smallholders, to assist in planning better government services and del [ ... ]

Farmbizafrica wins again

Farmbizafrica was named East Africa's best media in covering youth and ICT in agriculture beating over 700 contestants in a competition organized by New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning [ ... ]

KARI targets arid farming with Turkana centre

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) is opening a centre in Turkana, as its first new research centre in three years, as part of a drive to extend and concentrate its research on solutions [ ... ]

First Sh2.2bn fund for small agribusinesses

Investment firm Pearl Capital Partners (PCP) has launched a Sh2.2 billion fund to finance small businesses in agriculture and agribusiness in East Africa, following research that shows record returns  [ ... ]

Seed potatoes from healthy mother plants up yields

New research has found that selecting seed potatoes directly from healthy mother plants can earn farmers a Sh30,000 bonus per hectare, at almost zero cost.   The norm among farmers is to sele [ ... ]

Technology uses water to estimate drought

The introduction of a real time early warning system for pastoralists in the arid Turkana county has promised to halve the livestock mortality rate during droughts, offering hope to thousand of pastor [ ... ]

KWS warns of jail for unlicensed game farming

As interest in game farming rises driven by an emerging market for exotic meats and exotic pets, Kenya Wildlife Service has warned that anyone rearing wild animals without a game farming permit risks  [ ... ]

Knowledge Bank gives farmers pest tool

The Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International (CABI) has launched a global information portal on crop pest and diseases, classified by regions, in a move that could slash farm losses, following  [ ... ]

Kenyan institutions mobilise to triple potato harvest

The Kenyan government is formulating a policy to position the potato as a strategic crop, to increase the country's food security and job creation. The potato is Kenya's second most important food cro [ ... ]

Young graduate builds flour plant to tackle banana glut

For one 26-year-old law graduate, who thought farmers “deserved better” than gluts of unsold bananas, the answer has been an award-winning venture producing outstandingly nutritious banana flour u [ ... ]

UoN leads with climate change studies for farm survival

The University of Nairobi has established a climate change department that has crafted a whole syllabus on how regional farmers can best insulate themselves from the vagaries of weather, as reports no [ ... ]

PROFIT deal aims to deliver $100m more in farmers loans

The Kenyan government has signed an agreement with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in a bid to increase loan financing for farmers countrywide by a further $100m. The six-year Pr [ ... ]

M-Calc gives local weather solutions to up outputs

A team of university students from Kenya has developed a software program to help farmers monitor and address weather and soil conditions, as a study by the University of Nairobi reveals that intensiv [ ... ]

JK aims to increase loans to rural farmers six-fold

A microfinance firm providing rural farmers finance for livestock and farm equipment has reached 11,000 members and now aims to be helping 100,000 farmers by 2016.

Investment plan set up to promote local fertiliser prod...

Fertiliser producers in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are to get cheaper access to credit under a fertiliser investment plan prompted by research showing the region's farmers were accessing less than hal [ ... ]

Agricultural growth slowed 2011 on drought

A slowdown in the growth of Kenya's agricultural output in 2011, which rose 1.5 per cent compared with a rise of 6.5 per cent in 2010, has been held up as the key factor dampening overall economic gro [ ... ]

New tech takes the weeping out of processing chillies

A new technology to mill dried chilli peppers four times faster than flaking by hand and twice as fast as a large mortar & pestle has found its way into Kenya from neighbouring Ethiopia, allowing  [ ... ]

Plants with drought history gain survival mechanisms

Plants that suffer drought learn to deal with the stress thanks to their memories of the experience, new research has found, opening doors to the potential for developing many more crops better able t [ ... ]

Farmers urged to plant Kenya's high-value medicinal pru...

Farmers are being urged to domesticate a tree species that grows wildly in Kenya and whose bark is used as an active ingredient for prostrate cancer medication, to save the tree from imminent extincti [ ... ]

Rift valley farmers bet on milk chilling plant, shrubs ...

Farmers in the Metkei area of Keiyo District have built a milk chilling plant that together with changes in feed and better information has transformed the earnings of now 6800 registered farmers in t [ ... ]

Farmers make table salt from aquatic plant

A group of Nzoia River farmers is to seek Kenya Bureau of Standards testing for a salt they are processing from a local reed to sell as cooking salt and to local health centres for the salt’s medici [ ... ]

Farmers turn wild fruits into a money spinner

Africa’s wild fruits, from Baobab fruit and Tree Grapes to Tamarindus and wild plums, are emerging as serious crops, spawning commercialisation and supporting hundreds of farmers in arid and semi ar [ ... ]

Farmers to go mobile to buy inputs and budget

Technology is reaching increasingly into smaller businesses, with farming soon to gain its own bespoke mobile payment and management system, being showcased by Green Edge Technology at last week’s A [ ... ]

Ktda rolls out new weighing technology

Technology has delivered a sharp lift to returns for the more than 400,000 small-scale tea farmers who sell their tea to the Kenya Tea Development Authority with the roll out of automated weighing sca [ ... ]

1000 farmers plant indian miracle tree

Innovators have begun a pilot project introducing India’s own miracle tree, the drought resistant Moringa Olifiera, to Kenyan farmers, in a bid to deliver pay-offs that include leaves that are a sup [ ... ]

Ethics finally guiding tea picking and processing in ke...

The period from September to March is the peak season for tea growing in Kenya and, therefore, a time when extra help is needed to cope with the sudden rush of leaf that needs to be plucked. Tradition [ ... ]

Limited data accessible to farmers makes a company look...

A company providing technical farming solutions is looking for a local partner to run its network in Kenya. Pessl Instruments provides technological monitoring systems to agriculture and already has  [ ... ]

Banana farmers turn fruit to wine, as Hero’s Power

A farmers group in Murang’a district is raising Sh30m to build a banana wine making plant, following its success in creating banana wine brand, Shujaa Power, after a glut of bananas last year forced [ ... ]

Aloe vera adds up as precious weed

At 37 years, social worker Gerald Ganja is one of 300 farmers from Kilifi County growing the wild plant Aloe Vera and harvesting it twice a year for its lucrative sap. With now more than 160 acres ass [ ... ]

Kakamega farmers scoop top global awards for growing wi...

The domestication by farmers living near Kakamega forest of a wild plant that cures hangovers and relieves cold symptoms has transformed the incomes and lives of 460 western Kenyan families, and now d [ ... ]

Artisan dreams a living out of old banana stalks

Each morning as 30-year-old Joram Karanja sets off from his home in Muchatha to work as a stone mason in Ruaka Town, he passes a wooden hut draped in passion fruit that is crammed with dried banana st [ ... ]

Clones promise route to kplc pole market

Farmers have gone bust over it, KPLC needs it for electricity poles, the Green Belt Movement is fighting against it being planted in the Mau forest, even as the nation cries out for tree replanting: t [ ... ]

Speedy arbitration leaves squatters in fresh land rows

Jeremiah Safari Kesi is a disgruntled and bitter man. He feels cheated after seeing his land given to someone else in an accelerated government process that was supposed to bring order in the allocati [ ... ]

Experts pitch for no tillage to curb land degradation

Agricultural experts are lauding the steps Kenyan farmers are making in adopting a no tillage system of farming that increases yileds, but warn that failure to implement the system aggressively and qu [ ... ]

Sweet potato glut inspires portagurt production

An overproduction of sweet potatoes by farmers in Kirinyaga district, coupled with poor pay by the dairy sector in the area, have together spawned an innovation that has moved into swift take-off, in  [ ... ]

New study places livestock among drivers of economy

Livestock’s contribution to the Kenyan economy is two and a half times larger than official estimates, according to a new study based on the data collected in the 2009 national census, which has est [ ... ]

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