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Kenya | 9 June 2018
Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa

Agriculture is a risky business in Africa due to dangers such as uncertain weather and poor rural infrastructure but a new detailed guide on the status of and opportunities for climate smart agricultu...


Kenya | 30 May 2018
World Bank urges Africa to embrace technology to transform agriculture

The World Bank on Thursday called on Africa to embrace use of technology which it said is the key to the transformation of agriculture in the continent. Ladisy Chengula, the World Bank's Lead Agric...


Kenya | 17 May 2018
Scientists urge policy shift to promote climate resilient farming in Africa

African governments should embark on policy reforms in order to facilitate large-scale adoption of food production systems that are resilient to climatic stresses, international scientists said on Wed...


Kenya | 11 May 2018
At least 44 killed as dam bursts on rose farm in Kenya

At least 44 people have died after a dam burst in northern Kenya after weeks of torrential rain, officials said Thursday. Residents have been evacuated from affected areas as 40 people remain missi...


Kenya | 9 May 2018
Kenyan farmer invests millions to avert post-harvest losses

The price of a single tomato in some Nairobi estates is now going for Sh15, or you could buy three pieces for Sh25. All this is while less than 200 kilometres away, in Nyandarua, animals are fed with ...


Kenya | 22 March 2018
Kenya can use warehouse receipts to boost agriculture

The agriculture sector in Kenya is dominated by smallholder farmers in rural areas. In 2016, the sector directly contributed 32.6 per cent to the GDP and a further 27 per cent through linkages with ma...


Kenya | 27 February 2018
This Kenyan farmer is modernising and maintaining a circular mindset

“I’m using everything now,” says Samuel Gachau Kimani, showing off the biogas digester on his farm in Kirura, Kenya, north of Nairobi. Kimani bought the system about a year ago from Sistema Biobolsa, ...


Kenya | 15 February 2018
Researcher urges Kenya to increase investments in agriculture

A Kenyan researcher on Wednesday called on the government to increase investments in agriculture in order to boost economic growth. Tim Njagi, a Research Fellow and Development Economist at the Teg...


Kenya | 11 December 2017
Experts warn the agriculture sector is severely under-funded

County governments are starving agriculture of funds, putting efforts to improve food security in the country in jeopardy. On average, counties allocated a meagre six per cent to the sector in the...


Kenya | 4 December 2017
Kenya ranked top for agriculture innovations

Kenya has been rated among leading nations in innovative agriculture. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said the move by several universities and other institutions of higher learning in Keny...


Kenya | 12 September 2017
Food insecurity fears as land division eats into agriculture

Sub-division of agricultural land in Kisii and Nyamira counties is now a major threat to food production and security in the region. Officials are calling for radical measures, including utilisatio...


Kenya | 21 April 2017
App helps Kenya’s small farmers tackle pests, map crops

Sitting under a cypress tree on his farm to escape the scorching heat, Michael Mwenda is deeply engrossed in his phone. "I am getting the latest info on diseases attacking French beans," he said. "...


Kenya | 13 March 2017
Anarchy in Kenya's farming heartland as authorities turn a blind eye to invading militias

Even before they killed his father on Sunday, Archie Voorspuy knew how violent the tribesmen invading Kenya’s ranches could be. From a hidden vantage point, he had watched as armed men frenziedly r...


Kenya | 14 February 2017
Kenya to get $250M to fund climate-smart agriculture

The World Bank Monday approved $250 million for a “climate-smart agriculture” project to boost agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change in poor farming and pastoral communities...


Kenya | 9 February 2017
Huge cattle invasion overwhelms iconic wildlife reserves

Cattle herders, wildlife conservancies and climate change are colliding on the beautiful Kenyan highlands of Laikipia with tragic consequences. Samburu, Pokot and Maasai tribesmen, driven by annua...


Kenya | 10 January 2017
Kenyan farmers develop taste for insects as drought hurts crops

The knee-high dome on Ikung'u Kathimbu's farm in Weru village, eastern Kenya, shelters an unusual crop: a termite swarm. Kathimbu walks around the structure covered with banana leaves, drumming on ...


Kenya | 6 October 2016
Kenya pledges Sh2 billion to encourage youth in agriculture

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...


Kenya | 5 September 2016
African leaders meet in Nairobi on agriculture

The five-day 6th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) conference will be held at the UN offices in Gigiri. President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to open the meeting to be attended by some 2,000 del...


Kenya | 24 August 2016
Should agriculture be a required school subject?

Despite the grumbling of many frustrated American school kids taking math tests, the broad subjects required in public schools each have firm arguments for their respective inclusion. But that does...


Kenya | 3 June 2016
Invest in modern Agriculture, Ruto tells governors

Counties should allocate more resources towards mechanization of the agricultural sector so as to increase productivity , DP William Ruto has said. Ruto said the only way to make agriculture profit...


Kenya | 4 January 2016
Wheat farmers want higher taxes on imports

Wheat farmers in Narok want the government to raise import duty to 35 per cent to stabilise the grain market. They say the Kenyan market has been flooded with imports, leading to compromise on quality...


Kenya | 2 June 2015
Kenya's 2nd richest man sells dairy firm

Brookside Dairy Limited, Kenya’s largest milk processor, has acquired Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limited (SALL), an Ugandan dairy company. Brookside Dairy is majority-owned by the Kenyatta Fa...


Kenya | 3 March 2015
Poor farmers lose income when milk spoils during delivery

In Kenya alone, 80 percent of the milk is produced by small-scale farmers who helplessly watched their income source spill and spoil during delivery. For dairy farmers in developing countries, one ...


Kenya | 20 February 2015
Kenya's small-scale farmers borrow seeds to grow potential

Dozens of schoolchildren sprint through the lush hills of Webuye, a small farming town in western Kenya, scurrying home for lunch past a sign adorned with children’s drawings that reads “Discipline pr...


Kenya | 13 February 2015
Sustainable cattle in Kenya pay off

For thousands of years the pastoralist communities of northern Kenya have herded their cattle alongside elephants and zebras, the grass of the rangelands shared between livestock and wildlife in relat...


Kenya | 15 May 2014
Kenyan MPs' bid to evict UK farmers over khat ban

A group of MPs in Kenya has tabled a motion in parliament calling for British farmers to be ejected from the khat-growing Meru region. They are angry about moves by the British government to ban th...


Kenya | 22 April 2014
Underfunding agriculture poses wider food security risk

Inadequate allocations by some county governments to agriculture poses food security risk to the country, a top researcher has warned. Most counties allocated low revenue to agriculture — ranging from...


Kenya | 6 February 2014
Cattle thieves kill man in raid

A man was shot dead by cattle raiders at his home in Wangwachi village, on Monday night. The man and his family were asleep when the raiders stormed at around midnight. Laikipia West police boss Fr...


Kenya | 22 January 2014
Kenya first to earn carbon credits from sustainable farming

A project bringing together thousands of small farmers in western Kenya has become the first to earn carbon credits using a new sustainable farming accounting system, the World Bank said on Tuesday. ...


Kenya | 4 November 2013
Livestock, timber and sand targeted in new laws

Residents of West Pokot and Elgeyo/Marakwet counties will have to pay more in levies to sell their livestock in auctions. Locals in the two counties who rely mostly on livestock to earn income will...