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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

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

Smart Food Nutrition Activities Kicks Off in Kenya

To improve the nutritional status of women in the reproductive age and children below five years, an awareness drive under the Smart Food campaign has been launched in selected counties in Kenya. The aim is to promote increased consumption of nutrient dense, drought tolerant crops (sorghum, millets, pigeonpea, groundnut, cowpea and green gram) and appropriate … Continue reading

Animal breeding / Animal diseases / Animal feeding / AVCD / Dairying / ECF / ILRI / Kenya / Value chains

Creating access: AVCD dairy technical team engage with media in western Kenya

  In an effort to promote engagement with members of the press the AVCD program held it’s first media round table on Wednesday 19th October 2016 in Kisumu city. The topic of discussion for this inaugural event was the dairy value chain with a emphasis on the improved technologies and interventions under way in the … Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / Crops / Kenya / Value chains

Village Potato Multipliers will accelerate access to clean seed with good agronomy in Meru – Farmer

Eight months after rolling out into the field, Farm Input Promotions Africa (FIPS-Africa) has established 73 decentralised seed multipliers (also known as Village-Potato Advisors (VPAs) in Meru County. The VPAs are supported through US government funded program Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program in partnership with the International Potato Centre (CIP) … Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / East Africa / Kenya / Value chains

Transformational village-based approach increasing potato productivity across Meru County, Kenya

Through the scenic valleys of Ngachara village, one cannot help but appreciate the beauty of the surrounding farms; greenery as far as the eye can see. Situated in Meru County, one of the leading potato producing counties in Kenya, Ngachara village contributes greatly to the production of popular potato varieties. Consumers repeatedly request for Meru … Continue reading

AVCD

Increasing access to seed potato: Decentralized seed multiplication for small scale farmers across Kenya

Across Kenya, potato farmers are embracing innovations that could help increase their food production and eventually improve the nutritional status of their households. Potato a must in most kenyan diets yet good quality seed is scarce for today’s potato farmer. Access to quality seed potato is the principal constraint facing small scale farmers in the potato … Continue reading

AVCD / Crops / ICRISAT / Kenya / Value chains

Forging multi-sectoral partnerships to tackle malnutrition in Kenya

Exploring how best to approach multi-sectoral collaboration and how to develop a comprehensive, robust nutrition strategy that is in line with the priorities of the Kenyan government were the issues explored at a two-day workshop recently.  The multi-sectoral partnership with agriculture, health and education sectors, is being used in Kenya to mainstream nutrition into agricultural … Continue reading

Animal breeding / Animal Production / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Value chains

Easing bottlenecks to uptake of dairy farming in western Kenya

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
The western region of Kenya is not a traditional dairy production area, albeit having substantial resources that can support dairying. The region has, in the past, been left out of most dairy development initiatives in the country and its potential to contribute to the dairy sector, which accounts for 8% of Kenya’s GDP,…

Animal diseases / AVCD / CCPP / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS / Small ruminants / Value chains

Healthy animals, healthy returns: Improving pastoralists’ livelihoods in Kenya

Originally posted on Livestock Systems and the Environment:
Goats at a water point near Wajir, northern Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Riccardo Gangale). Goats play an important role in supporting the livelihoods of livestock keepers in Kenya, particularly among pastoralists in the country’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). Sale of meat and milk from the small ruminants also contributes substantially to…