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Kenya: Better Farming Through Improved Practices

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Published on Feb 14, 2014

Why have previous efforts to introduce improved farming techniques and better seed varieties in Kenya's semi-arid lands — home to 20% of the country's population — not succeeded?

Answering this question is key to efforts by researchers from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and Canada's McGill University to encourage the widespread adoption of more productive farming methods and higher-yielding, more resilient seeds. Working together with local famers, the researchers hope to turn back a growing tide of hunger in the sprawling 7.5-million-hectare region. They see the use of innovative technologies and practices as essential to dealing with the problems farmers face, including frequent drought, degraded land, and a changing climate.

The KARI-McGill team is supported by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a joint initiative of IDRC and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. CIFSRF oversees 21 projects that bring Canadian and developing-country researchers together to address the interlocking problems of environmental degradation, poor agriculture, and hunger in food-insecure regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Visionnez le diaporama en français : http://youtu.be/2U28CLo3wgE

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