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Ms Philip did not know much about poultry production, but through support from Biovision Africa Trust extension staff, she has improved her poultry rearing enterprise which has changed her life. Along the bumpy road into Machakos town, the chirping of chicks in ascending order is heard. It is mid-day and the scorching sun rays spread a mirage across the horizon. Esther Philip, a poultry Read More
Young people in schools are taking steps to combat hunger, enhance food security and improve rural livelihoods across the African continent. In Kenya, free primary education has increased primary school enrolment to more than 50%, and this is already seen in the increased number of students joining secondary schools, universities and colleges. This presents opportunities to reach more young Read More
Retired Senior Chief Josiah Arende Ngoje and his wife Mary Auma Ngoje incur very small cost in producing feed for their dairy cattle. The couple has been reading The Organic Farmer magazine (TOF) for the last 10 years. Using innovative ways Of collecting and preserving maize and rice stalks, they have succeeded in their dairy farming enterprise. Josiah Arende, a retired Senior Chief of Read More
Florence Ndung’u tried growing many crop varieties for the market but her major break came when she established a tree nursery which has changed her fortune. Florence Ndungu is a farmer from Lower Kabete location in Wangige, Kiambu County. She  had tried many different types of activities in her 2.5 acre land but she did not earn much from the crops she planted.   But Read More
On learning of the huge demand for agricultural information, Alfred Karanja has converted part of his house into a resource centre where farmers come to learn various sustainable agriculture and organic farming methods. Unless there is a very special agenda, bringing farmers together is not easy. This reality dawned on Alfred Karanja, six years ago when he was approached by officials from Read More
Many counties in Kenya have resources to produce highly nutritious food, yet food and nutrition insecurity is still a problem. A community-based organization (CBO) – Sustainable Income Generating Investment (SINGI), working closely with Biovision Farmer Communication Programme - Outreach Project and The Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOA) is helping farmers deal with food and Read More
Through the use of organic fertilizer, timely planting, use of certified seeds and good crop management, Faith Mwelu was able to get a good harvest unlike other farmers who used chemical fertilizers. Ukambani is one of the semi arid regions that is characterized by poor rainfall. For the last two decades, Faith Mwelu, a 35 year old farmer from Mikuyu village, Kathekakai location of Read More
Since he came across his first copy of The Organic Farmer magazine, Joab Marrow has religiously put into practice what he has learnt, not only increasing his crop yields and income but also training other farmers. Three years ago Joab Marrow, a farmer from Nzoia Scheme attended a field day organized by Star Rays Education Centre in Likuyani Division of Lugari District in Kakamega County Read More
Through reading the TOF magazine and support from field staff from Katoloni CBO, Joseph Mbithi has used sustainable farming practices to improve his crops' yields and income. Joseph Mbithi is a farmer and a leader of Kavyuni Self Help Group Water Project, in Kaiti Constituency in Makueni County. He has managed to increase his farms productivity and income by applying information he Read More
Whenever weather conditions allow, farmers plant vegetables in the hope of making profits at the market place. Unfortunately, most fresh vegetables are grown during the rainy reason thus fetch lower prices when sold during peak harvest time. For a long time, farmers and scientists have tried to find ways to extend the shelf life of farm produce. In the month of April, we carried a feature on Read More

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I was recently invited to a workshop where results of a study on factors influencing household adoption of renewable energy technologies in rural Kenya by the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND). The study was commissioned with support from KIRDI and the Swedish Embassy in Kenya.