Developing a clean seed system for sweetpotato and cassava: A Bio-Innovate Program initiative

Moses Njiriri with virus free sweetpotato vines to sell to other farmers (Photo credit: Albert Mwangi/Bio-Innovate) In most of Africa, sweetpotato and cassava are the staple food and nutrition security crops that play a key role as food security and income generating crops particularly when the mainstream crops e.g. cereals have poor harvests. Cassava is … Read more

Bio-enhanced Seeds: creating the next generation of seeds

Horticulture is one of the sub sectors in Agriculture that has shown great promise as a foreign exchange earner in the region particularly for Ethiopia and Kenya. Kenya is the top exporter of fresh produce and flowers in sub-Saharan Africa with horticulture contributing 36 percent to the agricultural GDP and continues to grow at between … Read more

Bio-pesticides in focus as safety concerns reshape export trade

When bio-pesticide experts met in Nairobi recently, their objective was to review regional policy and legislation on biological pesticides, which are emerging as an important option in pest and disease control. Bio-pesticides not only offer the promise of contributing to improved crop yields for the farmers, but are also environmentally-friendly, compared to chemical pesticides that … Read more

Project on wastewater treatment technologies in Tanzania seeks to transform agro-processing industry in eastern Africa

Dr. Robert Ntakamelenga during his interview at the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) in Dar es Salaam. In the eastern African region, it is estimated that only 10% of the existing industries treat their wastewaters to any degree. Most of the agro-processing industries discharge their industrial effluent without any form of treatment directly into immediate … Read more

Finger millet genomics project to provide researchers with better tools for variety production

Finger millet is a staple food for South Asia and East Africa where it has been grown widely for thousands of years. The importance of finger millet as one of the solutions to food security cannot be underestimated considering the many uses of the crop in a farmer’s household. It is a source of food … Read more

Bio-pesticides can secure our horticulture

Kenyan farmers are bearing the brunt of strict European Union (EU) regulations on pesticides which threaten to cripple the horticulture sector. Fruits and vegetables are highly prone to pest and disease attacks due to their succulent nature thus informing the widespread use of pesticides. However, there are growing global concerns of their impact on consumer health, … Read more