Taking Stock of a Decade-long Evidence-based Experiences of Flood-Based Livelihoods Systems (FBLS) in Africa & Asia: Knowledge and Experience Sharing Symposium Dates: 4th – 13th March 2019 Venue: Voi Wildlife Lodge Taita Taveta County Kenya

ICRAF together with MetaMeta, IWMI, FBLN and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation- Directorate of Land Reclamation and National Irrigation Board (NIB) are jointly organizing a symposium as a platform for sharing experiences (through discussions and field visits) as well as cross-fertilization of knowledge on FBLS through the following thematic areas:
• Towards more efficient and resilient flood water governance and management systems;
• Innovative proven SMART (Simple, Market-based, Affordable, Repairable and Technically feasible) technologies in FBLS;
• Good agronomic farming practices for improved livelihoods and food security;
• Job creation particularly for young people and women in FBLS sectors;
• Agroforestry and livestock management in FBLS;
• Resilient appropriate and cost-effective road water harvesting practices; and
• ICT empowered horizonal learning (a cross cutting theme) to further upscale the knowledge and experiences shared.

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PS Irrigation, Prof. Segor commissions water projects

PS SDI Prof Segor inspected and commissioned some of the projects under the Equalization Funds in Tana River County. The State Department for Irrigation is implementing 9 projects in Tana River County i.e. Bangale water pan and borehole, Gurujo water pan, Hadhama water pan, Take water pan, Mardete water pan, Kalkacha water pan , Haroresa water pan, Did-Ade water pan and Tank-E water pans.

National Crop Conditions Bulletin for January 2019

Late onset of the short rains, erratic rains and early cessation adversely affected crop production in most parts of the country during the season. Low acreage was established and below average yields are expected in most parts of the country. Land preparation for the Long Rains has commenced and is expected to continue into February in most parts of the North rift. Harvesting of the short rains beans is ongoing in Nakuru, Kericho and parts of lower and upper Eastern. Maize harvesting is complete in Western, Lower Nyanza and was at 30% in Upper Nyanza which comprises Kisii and Nyamira. Market prices for maize and wheat recorded an increase but bean prices recorded a drop for rosecoco and canadian wonder varieties

National Crop Conditions Bulletin_January 2019
National Crop Conditions Bulletin_January 2019

validation of the Report of the National Maize Task Force

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri makes his remarks during the validation of the Report of the National Maize Task Force in Nairobi Friday, 25th January 2019.  He  is flanked by Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba, left and the chairman of the United Grain Millers Association Peter Kuguru. The CS said the Government will do everything possible to streamline the country’s grain sector.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri meets a team from African Development Bank

Today CS Mwangi Kiunjuri met a team from African Development Bank led by the Special Advisor to AFDB President, Prof. Oyebanji Oyeyinka, to discuss the Bank’s support to key agricultural areas in the country which include: increased crop productivity, need for facilitation to private investment, post harvest value addition & market linkages and a policy enabling environment. The support aims at improving livelihoods through agricultural projects.

National Maizetaskforce conducting public participation

The Gvt will fully support the National MaizeTask Force to collect views and finalize its report on revitalizing the grain sector, CAS Andrew Tuimur said in Kapsabet today. The Task Force is currently conducting public participation meetings to get views from stakeholders in key maize producing counties.

PS refutes erroneous, erroneous report on maize prices, terms it malicious

The Principal Secretary, State Department of Agriculture Research Prof. Hamadi Boga, has refuted a report in one of the country’s local newspapers that the Government has increased the recently set price of maize from Sh.2,300 per 90Kg bag to Sh. 3,000.

The story headlined Government yields to Sh. 3,000 price tag for 90kg bag of maize had alleged that the PS had “settled” the debate between Government, farmers and politicians by yielding to Sh 3,000 from Sh. 2,300 per bag.

Prof. Boga who is also the acting PS for the State Department of Crops Development, said the story was false, malicious and misleading which was meant to set Government against wananchi in general and farmers in particular.

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CS Mwangi Kiunjuri today launched the Nyanjigi Small-holder Irrigation Project in Kangema Contituency, Murang’a County.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri today launched the Nyanjigi Small-holder Irrigation Project in Kangema Contituency, Murang’a County. He is accompanied by (from left) Kangema MP Muturi Kigano, PSs Joseph Irungu (Water) and Prof. Fred Segor (Irrigation). The Sh. 289m project covers about 1,000 acres and will be implemented in 3 phases. Later, the CS commissioned the Sh. 439m Mirichu-Murika Irrigation project at Githagara in neighbouring Kiharu Constituency.

November 2018 Crop conditions Bulletin







Late onset of the short rains adversely affected crop production in parts of the country and this is likely to lead to low production during the season.This is especially critical for beans  production due to the short growing period of the crop. However with onset of the rains, the trend is expected to improve and stabilize in December except in parts of the Rift Valley and Coast(Baringo, Samburu, Laikipia, Tana River, West Pokot and Narok). Slight FAW occurences were noted in Trans-Nzoia, Homa Bay and Kisii. Market prices for maize and beans recorded an overall decline while prices of wheat recorded an increase.

crop Conditions Bulletin_November 2018