AVCD / Countries / Crops / Food Systems / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Value chains

New drought-tolerant varieties rekindle hopes of food security in drought-prone Makueni County

Hoping against hope of decent harvests, farmers in the semi-arid and arid regions of eastern Kenya have always planted their traditional and favourite food crops – pigeonpea, green gram, sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet, cowpea, and maize – at the onset of long or short rains. But it is a ritual that has been driven … Continue reading

AVCD / Crops / ICRISAT / Kenya / Value chains

Taita Taveta farmers make a fortune from drought-tolerant crops

Though groundnuts are a highly popular and nutritious snack in Taita Taveta County, the residents had always depended on imports from the neighboring Tanzania. Farmers had failed to take advantage of its popularity and high demand as they believed the prevailing prolonged drought conditions in the region were too harsh for the crop to thrive. … Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Partners

EXTENSION PHASE (JAN – SEP 2021)

Started in 2015, AVCD is a five-year program that was implemented in two phases of three years and two years. During the first three years the program achieved and in some instances, overachieved targets for planned activities. For instance, 318,362 households benefitted from the program, over and above the target of 256,937 households. These households … Continue reading

Using the SourceTrace digital platform to support farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic
AVCD / Countries / COVID19 / Crops / Food Systems / ICRISAT / Kenya / Livelihoods / Value chains

Using the SourceTrace digital platform to support farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Despite minimal field visits during this period of the COVID-19-related restrictions, the AVCD program staff and management are working with extension officers and lead farmers to monitor the progress of the drought-tolerant crops component’s work. Continue reading

Promoting better agricultural practices of drought-tolerant crops in farming communities
AVCD / Crops / East Africa / ICRISAT / Kenya / Livelihoods / Value chains

Promoting better agricultural practices of drought-tolerant crops in farming communities

Despite their value, drought-tolerant crops, particularly millets and sorghum, have been steadily losing their share of contribution to calories in Kenya to maize, rice and wheat. The reasons for the low demand of these cereals are low productivity, poor image and lack of product development. Continue reading

Multisectoral partners come together to deliberate on how to accelerate efforts to reduce malnutrition across Kenya
AVCD / CIP / East Africa / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Partners / Value chains

Multisectoral partners come together to deliberate on how to accelerate efforts to reduce malnutrition across Kenya

Kenya still has a long way to go in improving the nutritional status of both the rural and urban populations. Collectively we can support the education and application of nutrition sensitization for better lives through better health and better food systems. Continue reading

Fighting food and nutrition insecurity through climate smart crops
AVCD / East Africa / ICRISAT / Kenya / Value chains

Fighting food and nutrition insecurity through climate smart crops

Kenya is one of several East African countries where food shortages continue to persist, because of the devastating drought conditions. Statistics from the Kenya Red Cross indicate that almost three million people in Kenya are affected by drought. However, the situation is improving in Busia county, one of the counties in Kenya where ICRISAT has been … Continue reading

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

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