Pastoralism is a goldmine if tapped book says

Pastoralism is a goldmine if tapped book says

Kenya’s Minister of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands launched a book on February 13 exploring the challenges and lucrative opportunities existing in pastoralism. The book ‘Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins’ seeks to demystify commonplace myths that the practice is not sustainable or profitable.

Lake Naivasha conservation efforts begin bearing fruits

Lake Naivasha conservation efforts begin bearing fruits

Water levels in Kenya’s Lake Naivasha are on the rise following the conservation efforts by various stakeholders around the lake to conserve it. Flower farms, fishermen and farmers at catchment areas are running joint restoration efforts aimed at limiting pollution and wastage of the lake’s water.

African researchers engage media to communicate findings

African researchers engage media to communicate findings

Top African science journalists and researchers gathered in Accra Ghana mid February, to discuss ways of communicating vital research findings in agriculture to the continent’s billion population. The conference organized by Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) also had both parties trained in effective […]

Impeding legume boom in Western Kenya spurs farmers to bulk seed

Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) who traditionally relied on seed companies for all their seeds are now bulking their own legume seeds for their farms. The seed bulking initiative is taking pressure off research institutions charged with breeding and multiplying the seed for farmers. It’s also building up seed banks of orphan crops, many seed companies […]

Stakeholders audit the ‘fertilizer subsidy program’ in Africa

Stakeholders audit the ‘fertilizer subsidy program’ in Africa

Agricultural stakeholders from 11 African countries recently gathered in Nairobi, to assess the impact of fertilizer subsidy programs (FSPs) on farming among the continent’s small holder farmers (SHFs) making up two thirds of farmers in Africa, since they began resurfacing in late 1990s. The workshop, organized by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) had farmers’ unions,  input […]