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ANIMAL FEED FROM GRASSHOPPERS

In a small room at a university in Nakuru County, two researchers are working on a unique innovation that is set to boost food security and provide farmers with fortified feed for their animals and a new source of revenue. Egerton University’s Dr John Nduko...

New Community Land Act: A big relief to pastoralists, farmers and investors

A study carried out by Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development showed that the country’s legal framework and institutions that govern community land have in the past disadvantaged pastoral communities. Community laws were not recognised and hence, were not enforceable. The communities’ institutions...

Excessive use of antibiotics threat to livestock

About 40 to 80 per cent of the antibiotics used on livestock are not necessary, experts say. The misuse of drugs on animals and humans, they warn, can lead to drug resistance. During a recent meeting held in Nairobi it emerged that resistance to drugs...

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...

New pest ‘spreading rapidly’ wreaks havoc on crops

There is a new threat to maize production. Coming hot on the heels of highly-destructive pests and diseases such as Tuta Absoluta and the MLN virus is the armyworm caterpillar. Scientists announced in February that the armyworm was spreading rapidly across Africa and could...

Tilapia virus disease

Once thought to be disease-resistant, tilapia is being ravaged by a new virus that has seen a big decline in its population in Egypt and other parts of the world. Tilapia remains the most popular fish species reared in fish ponds in Kenya and...

Eggs are nature’s vitamin pills

Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein, rich in amino acids, calcium, sodium, iodine, selenium, choline and vitamins A, B, D & E; described by nutritionists, as a large vitamin pill – a mineral cocktail, they contain all the essential vitamins and...

How resilient farmers are beating climate change.

With the effects of a changing climate being deeply felt, farmers in Machakos County are adopting ingenious ways of coping with the vagaries of the weather. Earlier this year, the national government declared the drought that was ravaging the country a national disaster, said...

Wastewater could be solution for water scarcity in agriculture

Waste water could hold the key to increased food production, says the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The UN body notes that effluent from homes and factories directed to sewer lines is normally treated as garbage, but it is hightime stakeholders in agriculture started...

Pest attacks set to rise due to climate change

pest attacks are bound to increase as climate change adversely affects agriculture, researchers at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, are warning. Working under the Climate Change Impacts on Ecology Services and Food Security in East Africa (CHIESA) project,...

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,...
The three innovators from L-R Anastasia Kaschenko, Beth Koigi and Clare Sewell.

Harvesting water from air made easier

Some 700 million people lack access to clean drinking water worldwide, 319 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, nearly 12 million people do not get adequate clean drinking water. Driven by the spirit of innovation and social responsibility, three young women, Beth Koigi...

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,...

World-first Hands Free Hectare project plants and harvests without operators on the machines

The Hands-free Hectare projects free Hectare project in the UK has successfully harvested a hectare of winter wheat using their autonomous combine harvester, without operators on the machines or agronomists in the field. The project which began two years ago, and also achieved unloading on...

George Muga: Shows you don’t need a pond to be a fish farmer!

One fish farmer’s hatchery innovation in Awach Village of Kendu Bay, Homa Bay County, is not only a spectacle to behold, but is also yielding handsome returns for him. Using a couple of jugs to hold fish eggs, a basin for collecting fry and a...