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

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

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

Getting seed potato production right
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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

Learning visit: Moving towards certified seed potato production in Kenya’s North Rift
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Learning visit: Moving towards certified seed potato production in Kenya’s North Rift

Decentralized seed potato multipliers and county officers in Kenya’s North Rift —part of the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project—undertook an educational tour aimed at showcasing procedures and practises for producing certified seed. Continue reading

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

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

Orange Fleshed Sweet potato (OFSP) – Changing lives through diversified farm enterprises
AVCD / CIP / Kenya / Value chains

Orange Fleshed Sweet potato (OFSP) – Changing lives through diversified farm enterprises

Isaac Mugedi, a 43 year-old farmer from Bungoma County first heard of OFSP in 2013 through the International Potato Centre (CIP). Since the 2015 start of the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program, his role in as a OFSP farmer have evolved significantly. Today he multiplies vines, produces roots and provides extension services to OFSP buyers. … 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