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Each and every year, farmers get poor harvests because they planted the wrong varieties in their regions. Before you try and new variety, if you had never grown it before, isolate a small portion of land and observe how...
Kenya‘s President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked technocrats to explore the possibility of growing genetically modified BT Cotton, pushing the east African nation a step from reviving its cotton industry. The country will become the first in East Africa to grow...
As 63-year-old farmer Mahmoud Hamidoune shelters from the rain hammering down on the peaks of the southern tip of Anjouan island in the Comoros, he recalls a time when it got so cold that people would stay home, and...
International Coffee Organization (ICO) members from coffee-producing countries in Africa, Latin and Central America, Asia and the Pacific, have raised concerns over low coffee prices at the 122nd Session of the International Coffee Council (ICC) held last month.. Recently, the...
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new United Nations-led multi-million dollar investment fund is targeting young farmers and agribusiness owners, whose struggle to access loans threatens food production and global goals to end hunger, particularly in Africa. The Agribusiness Capital (ABC)...
Hours before the government released money to pay maize farmers, President Uhuru Kenyatta publicly scolded his Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri daring him to pay cartels. Turning to his minister, and physically frustrated by the incessant corruption scandals,...
As a result of stringent rules set at the port of Mombasa to double check the quality of products being imported, Kenya has been hit by an unprecedented shortage of fertiliser which is now worrying growers. Already,  Kenya's leading flower...
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When two university students knocked on the door of Lillian Kanari’s organic food shop five years ago seeking work, she realised their web design skills could help her business solve one of its most intractable...
Four years ago, Njeru Kamuru nearly quit dairy farming. But when he learned that a solar-powered milk-cooling plant was to be built in his Kenyan village, he changed his mind. Before then, Kamuru said, he struggled to sell more than...
The arrest of Agriculture PS Richard Lesiyampe, former NCPB Managing Director Newton Terer and Former General Manager of Finance Cornel Kiprotich over the loss of money meant to pay farmers is the first signal that NCPB will not continue...
Erisa Kakyomya Apuuli is a household name in Toro sub-region. He is the proprietor of Rusekere Tea Growers Factory in Kabarole, a $3m project that buys tea leaves from 800 out-growers, employs 450 tea pluckers and 300 staff. Kakyomya has...
A new report by the national statistics office CBS sheds light on the lives of Dutch millionaires, who now account for 1.4% of the population but control 44% of the wealth. In total, the number of millionaires in the...
When Peter Kimani relocated from Kandara in Murang’a county to Mwea in Kirinyaga county in the year 2000, his aim was to continue with his education and later on go back home. This was never meant to be as...
After waiting for 11 years, Kenyan farmers can now export avocados to South Africa after the country lifted a ban imposed in 2007 due to fruit fly menace. The clearance followed talks between the two nations. The South African plant quarantine...
At first glance, large cows seem to be a recipe for success for any farmer, but equally important is to take into consideration the challenges of raising large cattle breeds. Not only food is a challenge, but also how...
Before his death in Geneva on Saturday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was one of the greatest supporters of African farmers at the global stage. Annan, who hailed from Ghana, was always urging governments and overseas donors to support small-scale...
Kenya is losing at least Sh120 billion in revenue to unregistered agro-chemicals dealers and counterfeit pesticides, according to Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) chairperson Patrick Amayunzu. AAK said counterfeits account for 15 to 20 per cent of agrochemicals being distributed...
All the Rhinos, but one, that were recently taken from Kenya's Nakuru park to Tsavo East have died – and the remaining Rhino has been injured by lions. In what is going to be one of the most devastating conservation...
Picture-based crop insurance could make its debut in Kenya next year after a study in India found that it may avoid the pitfalls of other insurance schemes. As trained smallholders photograph their crops during the growing season and dispatch the...
For Wilson Kirwa Oraam, owning a 32-acre piece of land was never a possibility three years ago. He was a subsistence farmer, planting maize for the consumption of his family on his one acre piece of land. During a...
Emirates to build world’s largest Silicon Valley-based Agri-tech firm Crop One Holding and Emirates Flight Catering, one of the world's largest airline catering operators, are breaking ground in November on what will be the world's largest vertical farm in...