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Do you Know Kenya’s number one woman farmer?

Selling cabbages is not the kind of profession that would fascinate a teenager. Images of a doctor with a stethoscope, a lawyer in court; a pilot or a superstar musician would be more appealing. But Judy Wangeci was inspired by a trader who came...

Growing maize not profitable for smallholders, study shows

A recent report by researchers in the agricultural sector paints a grim picture of how farmers of this staple crop continue to earn negligible profits and sometimes losses. For months, farmers toil to keep the national granaries full, but at the end of the...

Maize Farming in Kenya

Maize is the staple food in Kenya. Large as well as small-scale farmers produce the crop and a large percentage of the population depends on Maize farming as an income-generating crop. Maize is a tall annual crop of the grass family. It grows to a...

New DNA machine set to improve plant breeding.

A new DNA sequencing machine that is set to revolutionise plant breeding in the country, was recently unveiled at the Nairobi-based African Orphan Crops Consortium Laboratory (AOCC lab) at the World Agroforestry Centre headquarters in Nairobi. The first of its kind on the continent,...

The World’s Rice Bowl protected forever.

The world’s largest rice collection has received permanent funding that will ensure the numerous different rice varieties are saved forever. The agreement between the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Crop Trust, was signed on World Food Day. The funds will guarantee continued conservation...

Zebra melon turning out to be a real money spinner

This fruit has many names and both farmers and consumers have yet to settle on the most appropriate one. But they at least agree on one thing – that the fruit is a real money spinner, with a kilo fetching as much as Ksh300....

A grain silo that’s godsend to smallholders

Storing a smallholder’s grain, especially maize, for the family’s consumption, has always been a major challenge, with weevils, rats and all sorts of pests causing untold damage and losses. Though families have often used different methods to keep their produce safe from pests, for...

WORLD’S VEGETABLES PRODUCTION TO FALL IN 20 YEARS

Vegetable supply in the world could decline by a third in the next 20 years if urgent action is not taken to battle climate change. According to a new study by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, average yields of crops such as soy...

GOVERNMENT PAYS FARMERS FOR LAST YEAR MAIZE DELIVERIES

The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Andrew Tuimur has announced that the government has remunerated Sh1.4 billion as part of imbursement to farmers for maize supplies to National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for the year 2017. 500 farmers out of...

Cassava peels as livestock fodder

Cassava is gaining serious recognition these days. Aside from being food for humans and a possible alternative to maize as an industrial crop for production of ethanol, and also being processed into starch and fructose for making sweets, this tuber, which has often been...
The conference also coincides with the launch of GODAN’s initiative the Agriculture Open Data Package (AgPack.info)

Nairobi to host Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and...

Nairobi is set to host a high profile agri-conference,convening business leaders and governments from the G77, including 100 Agriculture Ministers from 14th – 16th June at Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi . The conference is the largest event held in the world to bring together...

Spray time! Know why no farmer is worried

Farmers across Kenya will be able to carry out timely, professional and safe  application of pesticides and other chemicals on their farms thanks to a new spray programme (SSP) launched today by the Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) The programme entails training of spray service...

Simple ways of controlling banana wilt

Simple practices such as destroying infected plants, removing the male buds and disinfecting farm tools are effective measures of controlling the devastating banana wilt diseases, according to Biodiversity International, an organisation working with farmers in the East African region. In collaboration with McKnight Foundation,...

Tractors for hire at the click of your phone

In Nairobi and other towns in Kenya, a new trend is catching on – the Uber phenomenon. Today, many people who had never used taxis before are dialing their phones for instant access to Uber, a service that guarantees them affordable rates, a comfortable...

Flooded roads breathe life into farms

In these times of drought and climate change, with water scarcity becoming prevalent, it is imperative that we harvest and save whatever little water we can find. There are various ways of going about it. However, one very interesting innovation that has received little...