Smallholder farmers’ use and profitability of legume inoculants in Western Kenya

Research on the use of Rhizobia inoculants has been conducted in Africa since 1950s. However, the technology has not been widely applied by farmers on the continent. In Kenya, wide-scale adoption of this innovation among the smallholder farmers is still low. The aim of this study was to examine factors that drive the use of BIOFIX® Rhizobia inoculant, a product of Kenya, and its profitability in smallholder farms. Data were collected from 210 soybean (Glycine max) farmers in western Kenya.

Smallholder farmers’ use and profitability of legume inoculants in Western Kenya

Research on the use of Rhizobia inoculants has been conducted in Africa since 1950s. However, the technology has not been widely applied by farmers on the continent. In Kenya, wide-scale adoption of this innovation among the smallholder farmers is still low. The aim of this study was to examine factors that drive the use of BIOFIX® Rhizobia inoculant, a product of Kenya, and its profitability in smallholder farms. Data were collected from 210 soybean (Glycine max) farmers in western Kenya.

Soil nutrient content, soil moisture and yield of Katumani maize in a semi-arid area of Kenya

Many farmers in Kenya’s semi arid lands cannot afford to purchase inorganic fertilisers to improve their crop yields. They thus rely on traditional agronomic practices such as addition of crop residues, animal manures or intercrops of cereals and legumes. This study investigated soil parameters and their influence on yield. It was carried out at the University of Nairobi’s Dryland, Research and Utilisation Station located at Kibwezi.

Factors influencing sustainability of passion fruit farming in Keiyo sub county, Elgeyo Marakwet county, Kenya

Passion fruit farming has gained a lot of popularity among many people in Kenya. It is grown and eaten as fresh fruit; it is sold for processing into pulp to be used in juices, yoghurt, ice cream and other products. There are many varieties of passion fruits. The new varieties are sweet unlike those grown in the coast region (Brazil) as they are bigger in size, juicier and more tolerant to soil and foliar disease. Experts say the new varieties could help lift the economic status of small holder farmers and contribute to rapid increase in passion fruit production.

An analysis of land use potential in arid and semi-arid areas: - central location, isiolo county

Arid and semi-arid areas are part of the global ecosystem that completes the whole. Despite their aridity conditions, ASALs are endowed with a variety of resources ranging from fertile soils, minerals, oil, wildlife, and rivers among others. The maintenance of land productivity in these fragile environments is a particular concern for many countries with large portions of their land in arid areas. This study which has been contextualised in Isiolo, Central location aims at analysing the land use potential with the aim of ensuring optimal utilisation.

Postharvest practices of maize farmers in Kaiti District, Kenya and the impact of hermetic storage on populations of Aspergillus spp. and aflatoxin contamination.

Aflatoxin contamination in maize by Aspergillus spp. is a major problem causing food, income and health concerns. A study was carried out in Kaiti District in Lower Eastern Kenya to evaluate the effect of three months storage of maize in triple-layer hermetic (PICS™) bags on the population of Aspergillus spp. and levels of aflatoxin. Postharvest practices by maize farmers including time of harvesting, drying and storage methods were obtained with a questionnaire. Aspergillus spp.

Effect of drip irrigation on the production and economic returns of sorghum (sorghum bicolor) in semi arid areas of Tanzania

Field trials were conducted in semi arid area of Dodoma, central Tanzania with the aim of assessing the effect of three drip irrigation watering regimes on the production and economic returns of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). The irrigation treatments were: EM (early in the morning), EL (late in the evening) and ELE (both early in the morning and late in the evening). Each treatment was replicated three times in a RCBD for two seasons (dry and wet season).

Low Cost Technologies for Enhancing N and P Availability and Maize (Zea mays L.) Performance on Acid Soils

Soil degradation especially soil acidity and low fertility are the major constraints hampering maize production in Molo district, Kenya. The challenge therefore is to develop sustainable soil management strategies for enhancing maize production and concomitantly food security.

The Implications Of Agricultural Market Liberalisation For Market Efficiency And Agricultural Policy In Kenya: The Case Of Maize

Liberalisation of food and agricultural markets has been a major component of the Strucmral Adjustment Programs (SAP) in many African countries. In Kenya, liberalisation of the maize market, a process that was completed about three years ago, was one of the conditionalities for SAP funding. The motive for liberalisation is to promote market efficiency. But there is no sufficient quantitative evidence as to whether this goal has been realised or not. There is need for research not only to assess this program, but also to provide information for future policy formulation.

An assessment of the feasibility of carbon trading afforestation contracts in trans Mara sub-county, Kenya

ABSTRACT Carbon afforestation projects on marginal and degraded agricultural lands could potentially contribute to improved livelihoods to farmers through enhanced financial inflows from carbon revenue and sale of tree products while restoring and conserving the environment. Currently though, there is paucity in knowledge on the viability of these projects in Kenya. This study was carried out in Trans Mara sub-County to explore the feasibility for carbon trading afforestation projects among farmers.

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