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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

Rent a womb, the power to sharing animal resources to build the livelihoods of a community
Animal breeding / Animal Production / AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Value chains

Rent a womb, the power to sharing animal resources to build the livelihoods of a community

In April 2017, Selvin Odhiambo received a healthy crossbred calf from her neighbour’s cow after a successful pregnancy from Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI). A United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded subsidized breeding program is helping smallholder farmers in western Kenya improve their dairy production. Continue reading

Village-based dairy advisor Priscilla Ouma launches a ‘restore milk campaign’
Animal feeding / Animal Production / AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Value chains

Village-based dairy advisor Priscilla Ouma launches a ‘restore milk campaign’

Priscilla Ouma is an inspiration and proof that when you give women farmers a few tools, the entire community benefits. Through her hard work, the wind of change is blowing across the village and soon farmers in Muyeye B will be milk rich. Continue reading

The power of semen: better semen, better calves, better lives – Quinter and Charles Migot’s story
AVCD / Dairying / ILRI / Kenya / Value chains

The power of semen: better semen, better calves, better lives – Quinter and Charles Migot’s story

Facilitating access to improved semen services for small-scale farmers in Homa Bay County For Quinter Awour the birth of a new calf is the beginning of her investment future. Quinter is a member of Tang Ber Women Group, based in Kotieno sub location, Homa bay County, for the last 7 years she has participated in … Continue reading