Polytechnic club entices youth to farming

An agribusiness club targeting rural youth and those in polytechnics is recording success as youth who had traditionally left farming to their parents return to the soils buoyed by modern fa [ ... ]

Fake seeds choke farms and earnings

Kenya is ahead of its regional peers in making seeds accessible to smallholder farmers, but scores poorly in its fight on counterfeits a new seed index has revealed. The index dubbed, The A [ ... ]

Volatile markets, rebels take toll on Uganda cotto...

Prolonged rebel activities in Northern Uganda and the volatile international prices have taken a toll on cotton farmers with global prices halving pushing farmers to alternatives. The North [ ... ]

Africa harmonizes policies to boost fish trade

An ambitious project aimed at improving earnings from fish sector as well as increasing production among sub-Saharan Africa fish farmers has been launched. The project is hinged on the fact [ ... ]

Taita farmers taste aloe vera’s millions
Aloe vera productsFarmers in Voi area of Taita Taveta County tired of depressed rainfall and low yields from traditional crops have embraced aloe vera cultivation and value addition, a group venture that is now seeing the group pocketing up to Sh3million after every value addition exercise. Members of Marungu Aloe Common Interest Group came seven nine years ago and decided to start producing Aloe products as an alternative source of generating income and the progress has been impressive. Th...Read more...

Livestock

Scientists step up war on pig flu

Kalanzi Daniel is a small scale pig farmer from Busabala a suburb neighboring Kampala. In mid 2014, Kalanzi lost 8 out of his 12 pigs to the endemic African Swine Fever threatening his only source of livelihood since he relied on the piggery project to provide school fees for his two prima [ ... ]

Management

Africa’s premier water fund to fight soil erosion

A first of its kind in Africa water initiative that supports farmers and those living on the upper side of water sources to curb soil erosion while improving water supply and cutting costs of hydropower and clean water for users downstream has been launched with farmers and businesses expe [ ... ]

Crops

Organic vegetable fertilizer doubles yields

An innovative Ugandan has introduced an organic vegetable fertilizer which doubles yields coming at a time when the demand for organically grown foods is on the rise especially among the health conscious middle class. Having attained immense organic farming knowledge from Kenya Institute  [ ... ]

Markets

Volatile markets, rebels take toll on Uganda cotton

Prolonged rebel activities in Northern Uganda and the volatile international prices have taken a toll on cotton farmers with global prices halving pushing farmers to alternatives. The Northern region of Uganda is predominantly a cotton growing zone but prolonged rebel activities in the re [ ... ]