Management

The class four dropout who found money and fame in soil

Ronald Nyagaka is a class four dropout who earns a minimum of Sh30, 000 a month from his two acre farm. This, coming at a time when most young people his age have moved to urban areas in search of bet [ ... ]

Former civil servant turns farm into award winning food...

Rows of towering green maize stand next to banana plants sprouting from the earth like magic beanstalks. On the other side of the farm, stems laden with cascading bunches of green bananas hang ju [ ... ]

Farmers build fish ponds with mud cutting construction ...

A group of fish farmers in Embu County are championing the use earthen ponds as an alternative to the prohibitively priced liners, to stop water loss from the ponds at a time when demand for fish is p [ ... ]

Kenya’s ‘hidden hunger’ situation chronic, study

Kenya is doing little to reduce hunger emerging among the top 50 countries where hidden hunger commonly referred to as nutrient deficiency, continues to ravage a large number of the population accordi [ ... ]

Uganda mulls fingerprint tracking to tackle fake seeds

Tony Kaganda is a maize farmer from Jinja Uganda. Over the years, the youthful farmer has grappled with ways of identifying the best certified seeds as quacks have infiltrated invaded the market with  [ ... ]

SMEs turn to agriculture to grow profits

High yielding crops that weather dry spells, a blossoming export market and a huge appetite by lenders to the agricultural sector have conspired to draw more entrepreneurs into agribusiness with the n [ ... ]

Environmental pollution reduces Kenyans life expectancy

Plastic makes up a quarter of 60,000 tonnes of waste produced annually in Kenya according to various studies. Even more alarming is the fact that the annual average particular matter levels of the air [ ... ]

Mwingi farmers preserve future with fodder technology

A veterinary officer in Mwingi area of Eastern Kenya is training farmers in the arid area to mitigate against changes in weather through pasture preservation technology with over 60 farmers now comfor [ ... ]

Kenya launches aflatoxin lab to tame spread

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (Karlo) has launched the country’s first ever aflatoxin laboratory to tame aflatoxin poisoning which has so far killed more than 100 people [ ... ]

Nestle rekindles coffee’s glory with hybrid variety

An initiative by Nestle Kenya to supply Central Kenya farmers with seedlings of a higher yielding, faster maturing and disease resistant coffee variety has increased yields five folds in three years a [ ... ]

Prison warder cross breeds tomato with Sodom Apple

A prison warder in Kiambu county has grafted the much vilified Sodom apple with tomatoes with the new variety now having a longer shelf life and capable of withstanding pests and diseases. The discove [ ... ]

Farmers increase earnings extracting milk from soyabean...

A value addition self help group in Nakuru is assisting smallholder farmers diversify their income with the practice of extracting milk from soya beans to make soyamilk being among its most successful [ ... ]

Engineer builds horticulture empire in city

Numerous frustrating visits to groceries and supermarkets without finding fresh produce inspired Marianne Kinuthia, a trained engineer to delve into urban farming, a journey that has metamorphosed int [ ... ]

Vanguard women farmers find money in trash

A group of six enterprising women have turned a heap of garbage in Nakuru to a lush of vegetables and fruits that is now feeding over 7,000 vulnerable people while providing the much needed income. T [ ... ]

Dairy farmers conserve environment with biogas digester...

Over 6000 farmers who supply milk to New Kenya Creameries Corporation (KCC) are set to benefit from portable digester meant to assist them boost their income and tame use of fuel wood through a financ [ ... ]

Farmers tackle climate change with smart villages

A new model that assists members of a particular community to collectively adapt to changing weather patterns through alternative farming practices has been credited with having spared millions of far [ ... ]

Enterprising farmer boosts region’s yields with crop ...

One woman’s effort to feed her family through crop rotation and a home made green house has been instrumental in winning over thousands of farmers in Matisi Village of Bungoma county to convert to m [ ... ]

Pastoralists count on radio to adapt to changing weathe...

A radio station in North Eastern Kenya is helping scientists understand weather projection better giving them time to plan where to find fodder for their livestock at a time when researchers say radio [ ... ]

Farmers turn to fruit farming for juicy returns

As the market for traditional crops become saturated and diseases ravage traditionally lucrative crops like maize and wheat, farmers keen on maximising their income are turning to fruit farming which  [ ... ]

AGRA scales food security resolve with new programme

  Kenyan smallholder farmers long buffeted by failed rains, dwindling arable land, access to credit facilities and unstable markets can finally breathe easy thanks to a $15.5 million programme [ ... ]

Tomato turns Western students into entrepreneurs

Students at Chisare Secondary School of Western Kenya are earning their school income from the sale of tomato plants in a classic example of how agriculture is helping schools sustain themselves. Stu [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Rice farmers intercrop to insulate themselves from weat...

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 [ ... ]

Arid land farmers invest in timely planting to fight cl...

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 [ ... ]

Science graduate builds milk powerhouse in the desert

Behind dry and rocky terrain in Kajiado county is a farm with over 80 high pedigree Fresian cows producing over 600kilos of milk in a classic tale that has demonstrated how vanguard farmers are turnin [ ... ]

Dairy farmers milk millions with cooperative

An association of 35 dairy farmers producing 32 litres a day in the 1990s has transformed into a Sh452million empire that has increased farm gate prices for farmers while insulating them from market v [ ... ]

KARI invests in women to boost livestock farming

Women account for over 65 percent of all workforce in the country yet they never get to enjoy the fruits of their hard labour. Data shows that in Kenya women account for paltry 5 percent of all regist [ ... ]

KARI scientists embrace tech to boost research

Over 400 scientists from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute can now publish their journals and keep up to date with global scientific trends thanks to a Sh4million fiber optic network installed [ ... ]

Scientists use birds to understand weather changes

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 [ ... ]

100 acre dairy farm milks income in dry land

The humid and rocky Ole’ Sirkon area within Kajiado county can be considered a hardship area. With savannah plains and little human activity, yet a farm with over 80 high pedigree Fresian cows produ [ ... ]

Farmer courts bees to beat climate change

A farmer in the arid Matungulu area 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 custom [ ... ]

Smallholder irrigation drives innovation and yields

As erratic rainfall takes its toll on crops, smallholder farmers are joining hands to embrace irrigation with a group in Kilifi contributing about Sh350 each to buy irrigation equipment. “We realiz [ ... ]

Communal grazing model tames land conflict

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 [ ... ]

Eucalyptus tree becomes farmers’ silver bullet agains...

As climate change takes a toll on yields across the country, scientists are encouraging farmers to grow eucalyptus tree due to its unrivaled ability to weather changes in climate with findings showing [ ... ]

Farmer peer groups drive faster technology adoption

A farmer to farmer training model has been credited with the fast adoption of technology in farming as over 50 farmer groups mostly led by women count increased income as a result. Kiia Self Help Gro [ ... ]

East Africa’s dilemma in feeding billions as climate ...

Agriculture is increasingly finding itself at the mercy of climate change. Too much rain, too little rain or rain at the wrong season, prolonged dry seasons, disease and pests infestation are leaving  [ ... ]

Project boosts farming best practices, triples earnings

Kenyan farmers have increased production in selected crops by upto 50 percent and increased farm earnings to 30 percent thanks to professional networking which has facilitate information sharing and e [ ... ]

Farmers replenish soils, produce own oils with Moringa ...

A project that is using Moringa oleifera commonly referred to as miracle tree to replenish soil nutrients while improving food security is paying off with households producing their own oils and takin [ ... ]

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  [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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  [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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  [ ... ]

Farmers get smart to beat changing weather patterns

Even as the weather man predict the onset of rains, Hannah Wangemi from Trans Nzoia knows that she cant count on the weatherman’s word. She has been frustrated before. Instead the mother of one who  [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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