Fair trade protects farmers from exploitation

For decades, farmers have difficulties especially in marketing of farm produce. Many have been exploited especially because of the traditional way of agribusiness, where making profit is more important than safeguarding the livelihoods of farmers.

Sweet stevia turns bitter for Kenyan farmers

When Kibet Tanui, a tea farmer in Kabianga Division of Kericho County, heard that a new cash crop was being introduced in his area, he was excited and accompanied fellow farmers in his village to attend a meeting organized by a multinational company.

Use earthworms to improve soil fertility

Compost making is important in any organic farm. Farmers can improve the quality of the compost they make using earthworms which help produce high quality compost that has more nutrients than ordinary compost to nourish crops and enable them to grow well.

How to build up a meat goat flock

A meat goat enterprise creates cash income from the sale of extra kids and culled adults. When starting, a good understanding of goats and the goat market will enable you to adapt a suitable production plan that includes appropriate breeds, numbers and farm size.

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Incubators improve poultry production

More and more farmers are discovering the advantage of using egg incubators. They want to improve poultry keeping; some even try to commercialize this business. The venture is highly profitable as there is a big demand for chickens.

Feed your dairy goats well to be productive

Dairy goats are popular with many small-scale farmers. They are relatively easy to feed and do not require a lot of space to rear. However, most farmers with dairy goats do not manage them well, so they cannot be healthy and productive enough to give good returns.

How to grow groundnuts

Groundnuts grow well in warm areas, below 1500 M above sea level. The best temperature requirement is about 30º C. They do not grow below 15º C. The crop does not tolerate frost and cold conditions including delay in flowering and seed formation.

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Enhancing banana farming by adding value

Banana is one of the most abundant fruit crops in East Africa. It is one of the most attractive sources of income for farmers with more than 10 million tonnes of bananas are produced in East Africa, with most of it grown by small-scale farmers.

PGS certification is better for organic farmers

Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are built on trust, integrity and transparency among organic farmers. They are cheaper, reduce bureaucracies involved in organic certification and make it possible for farmers to sell their produce in local and regional markets.

Common bee pests and diseases in East Africa

Honey bees are responsible for at least one third of agricultural production in the world. Unfortunately, these bees have been dying very fast and this threatens our ability to produce enough and affordable nutritious food. Efforts are being ade to understand and address the threat.

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