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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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Research shows domestically produced biochar quadruples maize yield

Findings from Sweden’s research university Lund, have shown that a single addition of domestically produced biochar increased crop yields over several seasons and years for Kenyan farmers. On-farm trials in Kwale, maize yields increased from ten 90-kilogram bags per hectare to a whooping 49 bags a hectare. At a location in Siaya, the addition of …

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Kenya could achieve maize self-sufficiency in 5yrs from improved farming practices– World Bank

According to a 2023 World Bank Group report on Kenya, the deployment of technologies, innovations, and management practices in five per cent of the area under maize production each year would enable Kenya to reach maize self-sufficiency by 2028.  This will help avoid a cumulative shortfall of 122.7–126.4 million tonnes of maize between 2023 and …

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Mobile app helps Kenyan farmers diagnose plant diseases using satellite data

Developed by researchers from Penn State University, smartphone application program PlantVillage utilises satellite data to enable cassava and maize farmers from Western Kenya to scan and analyse diseases affecting their crops and take immediate, proper remedy actions. According to research by a team of scientists from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Western Kenya …

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