Impact of Fall Armyworm infestation on 2017 maize crop

Maize is the most wide spread crop grown by over 90 percent of farming households in Kenya. Being the main staple food, the crop is largely equated to national food security. Although largely produced for food under rain fed system, the crop is also an important cash crop for many households. The country produces an …

Continue reading Impact of Fall Armyworm infestation on 2017 maize crop

Post-harvest losses a key contributor to food insecurity in Kenya

Key messages The national maize post-harvest losses are estimated to be between 12 and 20 percent of the total national production. At a 5-year national average production of 40 million 90-kg bags, the loss is between 4.8 and 8 million bags annually. The estimated national monthly consumption of maize is 3.39 million bags. Kenya, therefore, …

Continue reading Post-harvest losses a key contributor to food insecurity in Kenya

Agricultural Biotechnology in AFRICA

The ever changing agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions that most small scale farmers in Africa are so dependent on has necessitated the need for application of modern  agricultural technologies. Some of the factors which affect the farming systems in Africa include the shrinking land sizes, low productivity of most important crops, high levels of land degradation and …

Continue reading Agricultural Biotechnology in AFRICA