October 2023

Mwingi veterinary officer trains arid farmers on pasture preservation technology

A veterinary officer in Mwingi, Eastern Kenya is training farmers in the arid area to mitigate against changes in weather through pasture preservation technology with over 60 farmers now comfortably taking care of their animals. Dr Jim Katu who received a scholarship from Australia Awards Africa Fellowship in Agriculture Livestock Course decided to return home …

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Machakos farmer keeps family fed through simple terracing and crop rotation techniques

William Ndolo is a family man with two wives, ten children, and six grandchildren. Yet with just an acre of land in the climatically harsh Machakos county, he is able to comfortably feed his extended family and produce a surplus for sale which then educates the children. This, a sharp contrast to tens of farms …

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Climate-smart agriculture helps farmers adapt to changing climate

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 leads us to John Obuom’s homestead in Kowalla village Nyakach district, Kisumu County. Obuom has taken up rearing of gala goats and Red Masaai sheep which …

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Farmers turn to fruit farming to maximise incomes

As the market for traditional crops becomes saturated and diseases ravage traditionally lucrative crops like maize and wheat, farmers keen on maximising their income are turning to fruit farming which has seen them more than triple yields and incomes. From yellow and purple passion fruits, Red Royale pawpaws, bass avocados, and apples, vanguard farmers have …

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Farmers increase production 50% through professional information sharing

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 exchange. According toInternational Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) , the networking has been the catalyst that has seen farmers change farming practices, embrace quality farm inputs and …

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Integrated soil fertility management triples farmers’ yields

Over 1.8 million smallholder farmers from sub-Saharan Africa have embraced integrated soil fertility management in a bid to triple yields and foster food security in Africa after extensive training as conventional fertilisers and chemicals take a toll on soil fertility. According to a new report released by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa …

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Smallholder farmers join hands to buy irrigation equipment

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 realized by pulling our resources together, our members would be able to afford irrigation tools which they can’t on their own. Now when we get …

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Arid Matungulu embraces beekeeping as sheild from climate change

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 customers flock to his farm for quality honey. Gabriel Mbatha Nzomo locally known as Alex is a dedicated dry-land farmer. From his …

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