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Land is no doubt Africa’s best asset

November 24th, 2016 / Standard Media, Kenya

African governments have embraced agriculture not just as a source of revenue but also a way of uplifting rural communities. The sector creates gainful employment and helps diversify the economy for greater stability. We have seen yields rising, business linkages being made and new technology starting to change the way …

Drought-resistant grass to spur milk production

November 23rd, 2016 / All

Struggling East African dairy farmers could benefit from new varieties of high-quality, drought-resistant forage grass known as Brachiaria that boosts milk production by 40 per cent, a report says.
The forage grass could enable farmers to increase their incomes, according to experts at the Colombia-headquartered International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) …

Deal agreed to export Scottish seed potatoes to Kenya

November 22nd, 2016 / Aberdeen Press & Journal, UK

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, who announced the trade deal at AgriScot, said the potential market demand for Scottish seed tatties in Kenya was significant.
“Kenya grows around 160,000 hectares (395,360 acres) of potatoes annually but only 2% of this is grown from certified seed potatoes,” said Mr Ewing.
“This agreement with …

The VIRCA project – developing effective solutions for the control of cassava viral diseases

November 17th, 2016 / Darnforth Center, US

The Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa (VIRCA) project – was established in 2006 and includes African and international organizations working together to develop effective solutions for the control of cassava viral diseases. Supported by this partnership, VIRCA researchers are using genetic modification techniques to improve resistance to cassava brown streak …

Farmers sow resistance to drought, boosting seed demand

October 13th, 2016 /

In the late afternoon, Angelina Mwangangi, 52, is digging on her farm on a slope overlooking Iveti hill in Machakos County, southeast of Nairobi. To prevent erosion when the rains come, she has carved out terraces.
Since the harvest in August, farmers here in Mathitu village have been preparing their land …

Allow experts to handle GMO testing process

October 12th, 2016 / Business Daily

Health minister Cleopa Mailu’s decision to keep on hold the planned trials of genetically modified (GM) maize on the basis of a decision made four years ago shows the extent to which Kenya’s policy landscape is fraught with contradictions.
That the minister can still by fiat overrule the professional advice from …

State pledges Sh2 billion to encourage youth in agriculture

October 10th, 2016 / The Star, Kenya

The government has committed Sh2 billion to support youth in agriculture, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
The President said the Sh2 billion Youth Fund would be used to train young people in new farming techniques.
“It will also be spent on new technology and management, so that through the entire agriculture value …

How climate change Is fuelling a food crisis in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria

October 3rd, 2016 / National Geographic, US

The frontline of global warming is on farms. But the story is about much more than hunger.
The village of Nowcaca is nestled in the verdant hills of northwestern Mozambique, some 600 miles north of the coastal capital Maputo. A footpath winds through a sea of shoulder-high grasses, leading from a …

Latest China-funded biotech research facility completed in Nairobi

September 30th, 2016 / Coastweek, Kenya

A state-of-the-art facility funded by the Chinese government to promote collaborative research with African countries in the field of agriculture and biodiversity conservation has beenofficially handed over to a Kenyan university.
A hand-over ceremony was held on the campus of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) where the …

Kenya: Nod on GM cotton field trials shifts focus to release of biotech maize

September 14th, 2016 / Daily Nation, Kenya

A decision by the National Bio-Safety Authority (NBA), to approve open field trials for genetically modified (GM) cotton is bound to raise more confusion in an area that has been dogged by controversy.
There has been a push and pull regarding release of biotech maize for National Performance Trials even after …