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Factsheet: Understanding and Controlling Striga– Kenya’s cereal killer

Striga hermonthica or the Purple Witchweed is the single most important cause of poor maize yields, particularly in western Kenya, eliminating 60 to 100 per cent of cereal crops. This is because the parasitic plant germinates quickly, and is easily dispersed. Its seeds also withstand extreme conditions and lie dormant in the soil until a …

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Young agritechnologist cuts farmer losses 30% through instant pest detection 

Still in her 20s, Esther Kimani is one of the most impactful agritech innovators in Kenya. Through her company, FarmerLifeLine, the Computer Science graduate is leveraging tech to help over 5,000 Kenyan farmers instantaneously detect and diagnose pests and/or diseases on their farms. According to field trials on 400 farms, the technology has been shown …

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FAO introduces innovative locust pesticide management system for effective stock management in Kenya

The Locust Pesticides Management System enhances locust management and reduces the risks of pesticides to humans and the environment. When the desert locust upsurge of 2019-2022 occurred in Kenya, Esbon Agira was deployed as a base manager in Marsabit County, north of the country. His work involved surveying desert locusts and provided information to the …

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