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Power of numbers: Collective action to accelerate marketing options for bounty green gram harvest across Kenya
Countries / Crops / East Africa / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Value chains

Power of numbers: Collective action to accelerate marketing options for bounty green gram harvest across Kenya

The Feed the Future Accelerated Value Chains Development (AVCD) program is working with county governments, ministry officials, development agencies and farmers group to address the current anticipated green gram glut and to jump-start the green gram value chain across Kenya. Continue reading

AVCD / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / SLS

Spatial planning to spur rangeland-based development across northern Kenya’s ‘frontier counties’

Originally posted on Livestock Systems and the Environment:
By Irene Nganga and Lance Robinson Spatial planning is often perceived as being synonymous with ‘urban planning’. However, its scope is much wider, encompassing both rural and urban land use as well as environmental planning and strategizing future development. Local experts from northern Kenya map livestock routes…

Supporting mothers through diversified nutrition education to promote healthy diets for their families
AVCD / CIP / Crops / Kenya / Value chains

Supporting mothers through diversified nutrition education to promote healthy diets for their families

Teresa Nekesa with her youngest child in her OFSP plot. Credit: V. Atakos (CIP-SSA) In Webuye East sub-county, Bungoma County, 30-year-old Teresa Nekesa ushers us into her house with a smile, her two young children in tow.  Her other two children are studying at a nearby school. She informs us that the youngest just turned … Continue reading

Fighting hunger and poverty through  climate smart crops
AVCD / Crops / ICRISAT / Kenya / Value chains

Fighting hunger and poverty through climate smart crops

Ms. Rachel Amoit in her groundnuts farm in Busia Kenya is one of several East African countries suffering from food shortages because of devastating drought conditions. According to Red Cross, almost 3 million people are affected by drought. But in Busia county there is hope growing among farmers and a real potential solution to the … Continue reading

Creating access rekindles dreams of a brighter future:  Clean seed potato improves productivity
AVCD / CIP / Kenya / Value chains

Creating access rekindles dreams of a brighter future: Clean seed potato improves productivity

VPA Mary Kinya holding well sprouted seed potato (Konjo variety) harvested from rooted cuttings in October 2017. The potato had been sprouted in her Diffuse Light Store (pictured in the background) Credit: FIPS Mary Kinya is a Village Potato Advisor (VPA) for Buyene village in Meru, she says, “For so long I have lived a … Continue reading

Livestock traders gain at USAID- and ILRI-supported forum
AVCD / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pastoralism / Value chains

Livestock traders gain at USAID- and ILRI-supported forum

Enthusiastic traders from several counties in northern Kenya and from across the border in Ethiopia joined a livestock trade facilitation forum in Marsabit, Kenya on 9 May 2018. By close of business, participating livestock buyers and sellers signed contracts for a total of 5,373 livestock at a value of USD 406,774. The United States Agency … Continue reading

Cash Crop: Women Farmers in Kenya Beat Drought with Native Grass
Animal feeding / Dairying / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

Cash Crop: Women Farmers in Kenya Beat Drought with Native Grass

While farmers around Kenya struggle to grow enough maize to feed their families and their cattle, some women dairy farmers are boosting milk production and making money by growing and selling native grasses as cattle feed Maize Stover – the stalks, leaves and cobs left behind after a harvest – is popular cattle feed in … Continue reading

Getting seed potato production right
AVCD / CIP / Crops / East Africa / Kenya / Value chains

Getting seed potato production right

Isaiah Kemei is one of progressive seed potato multipliers in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County. Before becoming a seed potato multiplier in 2016, Isaiah had been planting potatoes for sale at the local markets for more than seven years. “At that time I used to experience high disease incidence especially bacterial wilt in my potato fields … Continue reading