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Government to scale up irrigation investment to boost food production in the country

President William Ruto has announced an increased government focus on irrigation investment to bolster the country’s food production capabilities.  He emphasized that irrigation would enable…

CIFOR-ICRAF’s New App Boosts Climate Resilience and Income for Eastern African Fruit Farmers

The Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) have released a new smartphone application to help fruit tree smallholder farmers in Eastern Africa…

Government announces cotton price hike by Ksh7 to entice farmers, as it eyes US market

The government has officially announced a Ksh7 increase in cotton prices for purchase, aiming to incentivise farmers and double yields for export to the US…

Kenyan agritech innovator shines in global 2024 Underdog Tech Award Shortlist 

Royford Mutegi, Kenyan agritech innovator has been shortlisted in the global Underdog Tech Award, a new global prize for tech startup founders outside major tech…

Canadian Government unveils aflatoxin decontamination plants to boost trade and food security in Kenya and East Africa 

The Canadian Government, through TradeMark Africa (TMA), has provided aflatoxin decontamination plants to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depots in Bungoma and Nairobi….

Wambugu Apples unveils state-of-the-art grading facility to combat post-harvest losses

In a significant move to address post-harvest losses and curtail exploitation of farmers by brokers, Apples’ grower and exporter company, Wambugu Apples, has introduced a modern fruit grading and packing warehouse in…

Oikocredit, approves a five-year loan of US$ 5 million (KES 750 million) to Kenya’s Juhudi Kilimo to support smallholder farmers and micro enterprises

Dutch-based global cooperative, Oikocredit, has approved a five-year loan of US$ 5 million (KES 750 million) to Juhudi Kilimo, a non-deposit-taking microfinance institution (MFI) in…

Fine of up to Ksh20,000 or jail term for selling vegetatively propagating seed without license in new rules

By Zablon Oyugi In a move to bolster the quality and accessibility of vegetatively propagating seeds (VPS), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development has…

Breakthrough in sorghum production with high-yielding drought-resistant varieties

Drought stress during crucial growth stages of sorghum has long hindered grain quality, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Surveys in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria…

BIOSORRA Unveil East Africa’s largest Biochar Plant for sustainable agriculture

By Zablon Oyugi BIOSORRA, a leading carbon removal startup has launched the biggest biochar-producing plant in East Africa to provide its high quality biochar to…

Bean researchers develop 650 high-yielding bean varieties adapted to local conditions

By Mwangi Mumero Scientists at the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) have introduced a game-changing development, revolutionising bean production in 31 African countries. Collaborating with…

Kenyan government encourages farmers to enroll in KIAMIS to enhance food security

By Rodgers Omondi To motivate local farmers to embrace the benefits of technological advancements, the Kenyan government is actively encouraging farmers to enroll in the…

Kenya anticipates record wheat harvest of 1.3 million bags

By Rodgers Omondi Kenya is set to harvest 1.3 million bags of wheat this year. As a result, the government through the Agriculture and Food…

Small business hold key to food system transformation, yet lack policy support-Report

By Smart Farmer Reporter Approximately 60% of both rural and urban households in Kenya rely on micro/small enterprises (MSEs) located in local markets for their…

US pledges Sh2.1B to revive Kenya’s pyrethrum sector

By Zablon Oyugi The United States government has committed $12 million to support the revival of the pyrethrum industry in Kenya with a focus on…