Food security

Why Smallscale Farmers Are Key To Achieving Nation's Food Security

Food security has featured in most of the previous government plans and programmes but the desire to address food shortage, at least in the long term, has not been realised. In his inaugural State of the Nation address to Parliament on May…
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Top Dressing Fertilizer For Maize: Why Timing Is Key

By David Jones, Broadacre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Top dressing fertilizer for maize works best when it is applied at the correct crop growth stage and at the recommended rate. This article explains why.. Understanding the key growth stages…
Daktari wa Udongo

Daktari wa Udongo: Why We Care About The Smallscale Farmer

By Ian Mutua Who Is Daktari wa Udongo? We are a team of passionate soil doctors who have made it our mission to transform the lives of rural farmers in the remotest of areas throughout Kenya. We are committed to giving that farmer the best…
Food legislation and inspection in Kenya

Food Safety Standards: How Safe Is The Food You Eat?

Food safety standards in Kenya Food safety is a rapidly emerging discipline.  We are what we eat.  How safe is our food? Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, testing and storage of food in ways that…
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Potatoes Business To Be Priced In Kilos To Boost Farmer Income

Potatoes business is about to change for the better. Potatoes will be sold in kilogrammes come July 1, if farmers give a nod to the government’s legislation proposal outlawing use of buckets and sacks. Agriculture Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri…
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OPINION: Practical Steps To Implement Kenya's Big Four Agenda

By Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi Sustainable, nature-based agriculture and clean energy can be the cornerstone of development that starts at community level, says Dr Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi. “Having rain clouds is not the…
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Capsicum & Tomato Greenhouse Farming: Lucy's Success Story

Greenhouse farming in Kenya is popular. Today we celebrate an exceptional woman who left formal office job to venture into capsicum & tomato farming It is said that ambition is the path to success and persistence is the vehicle that you…
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The Untold Story Of Why Maai Mahiu - Suswa Area Is Cracking & Flooding

The massive fault line that dipped in Maai Mahiu Suswa area was a cause of natural geological processes or did human activity have a hand in it? Dr. Charles Gachene, PhD, weighs in on this question.. Mother Nature is on a very serious revenge…
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Wasted Labour: Kenya Farmers Lose Over Sh150 Billion In Post-Harvest Losses

Post harvest losses in Kenya are startling as revealed by recent stats from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) In 2017, Sh150 billion worth of food went to waste, tossed out or left to rot, a report that tries to track food waste…
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The Role Of Soil Health In Natural Disaster Mitigation

You may think that the common factor between drought and flood in many places in Kenya is water, especially lately. Other than the lack or abundance of rain, the major reason for droughts and floods is the soil's health status and its inability…