AVCD / Crops / East Africa / ICRISAT / Kenya / Livelihoods / Value chains

Promoting Dietary Diversity in Kenya through Cooking and Nutrition Extension

Through door-to-door sensitization of communities, 40,000 households have been reached with messages promoting consumption of diverse and nutritious food for improved health and nutrition. In addition 2,500 women have been trained on healthy cooking and an additional 3,000 have been trained on nutrition education. These activities are part of a larger endeavor to mainstream changes … Continue reading

AVCD / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

Highlights of US Ambassador Robert Godec visit to AVCD sites in Turkana County

In March 2017, United States Ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec together with Turkana County Commissioner Stephen Ikua, Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Turkana Governor Koli Nanok, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett, Marsabit County Governor Ukur Yatani and USAID Kenya Country Director Karen Freeman launched three projects to boost economic growth and improve water, … Continue reading

AVCD / Crops / East Africa / ICRISAT / Kenya / Value chains

Helping Kenyan Farmers Adapt to Climate Change (Video)

In spite of the below-average rainfall received during both long and short seasons in 2016, production of drought tolerant crops in Makueni, Tharaka Nithi and Kitui counties in Kenya has been remarkable. Farmers who planted sorghum, pearl millet, pigeonpeas and green grams have learnt wonderful lessons to share with others and to help forestall any … Continue reading

Animal diseases / Animal Production / AVCD / Goats / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pastoralism / Small ruminants / Value chains

3 Tier Network managing livestock disease collectively, for better lives though livestock

Through the 3-tier model, a network of trained community diseases reporters accessible at the village level has been created. Trained to be the first responders to animal health issues, they serve as an immediate resource for herders and are in position to respond to reports in multiple villages. The community disease reporters train herders on livestock … Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / Crops / Kenya / Value chains

Rekindling dreams: one clean potato seed at a time.

This March in Nkuene ward, Meru County, potatoes were in flower, farmers were busy in their potato farms attending to their precious cash crop. Decentralised seed multipliers also known as Village Potato Advisors (VPAs) are busy too, doing a routine follow-up on farmers’ plots advising them on crop management of at this critical stage. Farm … Continue reading

Animal Production / AVCD / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

More Milk from new grass variety, changing breakfast tables for Dairy Farmers across Homa Bay County

Between January and March, most of Western Kenya experiences a climatic dry period, when grass and other plants stop growing, forcing farmers to buy fodder from outside their area to feed their cows or face huge reductions in milk production. This year, the area has suffered from a pro-longed drought, with no rains since mid-November, … Continue reading

Village potato advisor sees a brighter future in potato farming
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Village potato advisor sees a brighter future in potato farming

Written by Raymond Jumah and Dave Priest (FIPS-Africa) FIPS VPA Edward Kirinya harvesting the Sherekea potato variety. He planted 50 kg in July and has harvested 1,322 kg in November 2016. Photo: Raymond Jumah/FIPS-Africa A cool breeze sweeps across Kioru village in Abothuguchi West ward, bringing freshness to the otherwise misty agricultural highlands of Meru … Continue reading

AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / PIL / Value chains

Stepping it up with farmers: Smallholders team up with researchers to improve dairy productivity in Kenya

A group of farmers in Kisumu County of Kenya promise to lead the western region of Kenya as the next frontier in dairy production. So successful has the group been in marshaling collective action, that they have received policy makers’ recognition. Continue reading

Where numbers matter: Better herd management for better productivity in Kenya’s pastoral communities
Animal Production / AVCD / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

Where numbers matter: Better herd management for better productivity in Kenya’s pastoral communities

Originally posted on Livestock Systems and the Environment:
Moses Muyang’ai (centre) shows his farm records (photo credit: ILRI/James Audho). The north eastern region of Kenya is home to pastoralists whose livelihoods mostly depend on the sale and consumption of livestock and their products. But the pastoral production systems in the region are characterized by low growth rates…

AVCD / CIP / Dairying / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Value chains

USAID learning event promotes joint collaboration to accelerate poverty reduction in Western Kenya

On 13-16 Dec 2016, USAID-funded projects working in western Kenya met in Kisumu for a 4 day USAID poverty learning event. The teams including Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH), Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM) Kenya, Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES),  One Acre Fund, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Africa Lead and … Continue reading