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

Animal diseases / AVCD / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pastoralism / Value chains

Syndromic e-surveillance: averting livestock disease outbreaks, improving livelihoods

In early 2019, pastoralists in Turkana County lost 675 camels (Camelus dromedarius) with more than 750,000 at risk due to a severe outbreak of the contagious haemorrhagic septicaemia disease. It was not only a costly economic loss, estimated at 33.7 million Kenya shillings (USD337,000) but also a painful loss of livestock the pastoralists have so … 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 / Crops / Kenya / Value chains

The budding seed potato production business in Taita Taveta County

When the County Government of Taita Taveta identified potato as one of the high value crops for promotion in 2017, farmers’ access to affordable certified seed became a critical priority, and for good reasons. They did not have it and had to have it. For it is widely acknowledged that improved seed is the essential … 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

Diversification of diets: a community-led solution that improves nutritional outcomes in Kenya’s pastoral communities
AVCD / Crops / Diet / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Pastoralism / Value chains

Diversification of diets: a community-led solution that improves nutritional outcomes in Kenya’s pastoral communities

In northern Kenya, thousands of people suffer from acute malnutrition. This dryland region experiences low rainfall, high temperatures and has poor soils, which lead to poor harvests and inadequate pastures for livestock. The region hence suffers significant food insecurity which results in high levels of malnutrition, particularly among women and children. Limited knowledge of appropriate … Continue reading

When Participatory Approaches Mess up Your Plans
AVCD / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Pastoralism / SLS / Value chains

When Participatory Approaches Mess up Your Plans

I never imagined that this man who had brought his herd into this other community’s pastures and flouted the community’s grazing rules, and whose actions had disrupted our training workshop would become a champion of our approach. The Interrupted Workshop I had come to Turkana County in northwestern Kenya to be part of a team … Continue reading

The business in seed potato: New technology spurs hope for better incomes
AVCD / CIP / Crops / Kenya

The business in seed potato: New technology spurs hope for better incomes

The Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program implemented by a consortium of CGIAR centers, sought to harness the technologies and innovations within the research system ‘to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger in Kenya with the objective of increasing inclusive agricultural growth and improving nutritional status of communities. In phase 1, the … Continue reading

Tenfold potato harvest for youth in Meru, Kenya
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Tenfold potato harvest for youth in Meru, Kenya

Access to clean seed, knowledge of good agronomic practices and hard work leads youth to a tenfold potato harvest in Kibirichia, Meru County, Kenya. Atop a hillside, in the remote village of Kathetene, Meru County in Kenya, 23-year-old Stanley Muriuki wakes up at 5am to begin his day. He scouts through a two-acre potato plot … Continue reading

Engaging county governments for better project impact and sustainability
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Engaging county governments for better project impact and sustainability

As the three year Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project winds up in September 2018, the potato value chain reports several achievements. First is the successful introduction and dissemination of new potato technologies—drought, pest and disease tolerant varieties; use of quality seed by farmers; adoption of apical rooted cuttings by seed … Continue reading