rose and leoRose and her husband, Leo Nkonge, have been farming on their 10-acre piece of land in Meru County for decades. They have kept some farm records over the years but they recently discovered a more efficient and accurate way of managing their records through Sokopepe Ltd’s Farm Records Management Information System (FARMIS).

agrimechIn November 2016, Kenya Network for Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies (KENDAT) officially launched the first regional agriculture mechanization hub (Agrimech Hub) in Mwireria, Laikipia County. The hub is an innovative initiative that has received support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine program to deliver an integrated approach to agriculture that provides farmers, particularly smallholders, with a full range of affordable farm services and resources. 

siongiroiSiongiroi Dairy Cooperative in Bomet County boasts a complete in-house outfit that caters to the full-range of dairy farmers’ needs including a digitized milk weighing and collection center, a 26,000 liter-capacity milk cooling system complete with a milk pasteurizer, a supermarket-style agrovet store, a fully-stocked fodder making and storage barn and a toll-free system that manages farmers’ requests for farm extension services. With a current active membership of 2,700 strong and a daily milk collection capacity of up to 55,000 liters, the cooperative has grown tremendously over the past few years.

Dick MugendiOn a quarter-acre plot of land, Dickson Mugendi, a horticulture farmer in Meru County, is cultivating the best-looking tomato crops for miles! Like many smallholder horticulture farmers in Kenya, Mugendi has had his share of struggles with pest control and has for a long time solely relied on chemical pesticides to protect his crop from ruinous pests with variable success.

Jane AmbukoSpeaking with Dr. Jane Ambuko, one would be forgiven for thinking that her journey to the top of academia as a renowned scientist has been smooth and easy. The Head of the Horticulture Unit at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, Jane is the recipient of the prestigious AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) Fellowship, the Norman Borlaug Fellowship, and several other grants, including a highly-competitive USAID grant under its Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine program.

Alfred samoeiLike many other small-scale dairy farmers in Kenya’s Rift Valley region, before September 2014, Alfred Samoei could not get a loan from a bank, access regular extension services on livestock breeding, or receive prompt payments for milk deliveries. Like his peers, Alfred relied on local traders and brokers, who would offer low, albeit immediate, payments for milk, leaving farmers vulnerable to exploitation.

Like KLMC wesley toomany farmers in Kenya’s north rift region, Wesley Too and his two sons rear cattle both for subsistence and income generation. Too, a board member in one of the dairy cooperatives in Nandi County, has been involved in dairy farming and livestock trade for decades working alongside his sons to grow and improve their herds. With over 20 head of cattle, the trio has for a long time faced challenges in improving the breed quality to maximize productivity, accessing relevant and timely government-run extension services and engaging in profitable livestock trade.

iprocureIn 2012, two young entrepreneurs co-founded an I.T.-based last mile distribution company to help smallholder farmers in Kenya access quality inputs for better productivity. So how did the little-known social enterprise attract more than Sh120million ($1.2million) in investments, barely four years after inception?

Informed by their observation of supply chain challenges in other industries on the continent, Stefano Carcoforo and Nicole Galetta realized that due to numerous system inefficiencies and terrain difficulties, the chances of small-scale farmers in Kenya accessing genuine and affordable inputs in a timely manner were worryingly slim.

takafulThe grim images of emaciated, or even dead livestock as one travels through Kenya’s arid north eastern region are hard to forget. There is hardly any shade  or water for kilometers – just countless mounds of fine sand, and the scorching heat saps the life out of virtually every living thing in this harsh environment. It’s the begining of 2017, and yet another drought has left the largely nomadic communities here at the mercy of the elements.

pic oneEach morning, Celina Sigei, a 43-year-old mother of seven, milks her cows and prepares to deliver milk to her dairy cooperative. Using her donkeys for transportation, Celina also collects milk from five of her neighbors and travels the three-kilometer journey to the cooperative where she delivers up to 100 liters of milk daily.

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