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Amid drought and conflict, women try new livestock - bees

As climate change worsens drought and erratic rainfall, competition for water and grazing is growing, stoking rivalry and theft between livestock herders. But an unusual kind of livestock is helping: bees...

By Moraa Obiria 11 Aug 2017

Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites

Over the past year, herders in Kenya's Rift Valley have lost thousands of animals to worsening drought, causing them to switch to farming. Chillies are a safe bet for farmers...

By Isaiah Esipisu 10 Aug 2017

With more than one crop, farmers weather armyworm attacks

An infestation of Fall armyworm has ravaged harvests in Kenya. To protect themselves from total crop failure, farmers grow pulses alongside their traditional crops like maize - a practice known as intercropping...

By Kagondu Njagi 2 Aug 2017

Seed company rolls out maize variety for arid and semi-arid areas

Kenya - The East Africa Seed Company has rolled out a drought-resistant maize variety which takes 90 days to mature. The new maize variety, Tosheka, is targeting the semi-arid areas...

By Irene Mugo 1 Aug 2017

Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. Impact evaluation data shows that an average of 3,200 community members benefits per fellowship awarded...

20 Jul 2017

Kenya's horticulture sector to undergo major changes as new standard comes into play

According to FPEAK Chairman, Apollo Owuor, Kenya's horticulture sector is set to undergo major changes as the country fights to consolidate its international markets...

28 Jun 2017

Clues and solutions to Kenya's puzzling food price crisis

The Kenyan government has from time to time applied input subsidies to reduce the cost of production. But they haven't always produced the desired effect...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru 2 Jun 2017

Kenyan avocado farmers receive GlobalG.A.P. certification

More than 300 Kenyan farmers have received GlobalG.A.P. certification - opening the door to the European market - with support from the International Trade Centre...

10 Apr 2017

As farmers chop maize for cattle feed, food security worries grow

Turning maize to silage makes sense for dairy farmers and cattle - but could it lead to food shortages?

By Caroline Wambui 4 Apr 2017

Edible oils now on EAC list of sensitive goods

Regional trade ministers have included edible oils manufactured in the EAC on the list of sensitive products, paving the way to increase the import duty levied on them...

By Christabel Ligami 16 Mar 2017

EAC states now act on overfishing to save stocks in Lake Victoria

Faced with dwindling fish stocks in Lake Victoria, East African states have moved to institute stringent measures to control fishing in the shared water body...

By Halima Abdallah 15 Mar 2017

MasterCard assists 1.1 million African smallholder farmers

The MasterCard Foundation has committed a total of $38.3 million for programmes to improve productivity and market access for farmers in 11 African countries...

7 Mar 2017

Dairy farmers to benefit from solar-powered coolers

Researchers at Germany's University of Hohenheim have developed solar-powered milk cooling refrigerators for small dairy farmers...

By Kennedy Senelwa 1 Mar 2017

As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers' profits heat up

Solar-powered cold storage and biological pest control are helping protect Kenya's mangoes from climate change...

By Leopold Obi 22 Feb 2017

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