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Month: May 19, 2022

Fertilizers are a disaster. Abandoning them is a bigger disaster.

The use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides would possibly increase yields. Still, these inputs are out of reach to many small-scale farmers as they require capital and risk environmental pollution. Farmers are, therefore, being encouraged to turn to organic farming to improve their yield production. Agri Flora Organic Solutions is an early-stage company trying to

City girl turns farm enthusiast.

If someone had told me that farming would be what brings my loves and me together, I would not have believed it. I grew up in the city. What got me joy was the cartoon network after school and middle-grade books like Alice in wonderland. I imagined how I would grow up and become an

Organic farming, sustainability and the next generation

The term organic farming may be novel, but the practice is ancient. Historically, farming did not involve inorganic inputs such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Fast forward to today, farming to a vast extent involves the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, some of which are a byproduct of the fossil fuel industry.

iPoP Africa sows real seeds for healthy snacking

My peers and I, like 78% of Kenyans, enjoy snacking. But every time we snacked, my friends, unlike me, who is naturally petite, worried about weight gain. We all know the social insecurities of weight gain, including the risk factors for non-communicable diseases. So my friends promised to stick to an exercise regime. Of course,

Homabay based enterprise making inroads in organic farming 

Our airwaves are filled every day with news of extreme weather phenomena worldwide, from historic floods to fires, earthquakes, droughts, etc. These climate crises are the effects of decades of man-made abuse of the earth. Our planet is a victim, and the only way to right the ship and save the planet for future generations

Mushroom Farming: Graduate reaping the fruits of fungi culture

Mushrooms, an ancient delicacy, were traditionally picked from the wild, and farmers did not grow them commercially. Today, mushroom farming is a popular job source of income for many young people worldwide. Armed with skills and knowledge, 24-year-old, Catherine Wanjiku, prepares mushroom farms, plants them, harvests, and packs them for sale. She also educates farmers

ClimateLaunchPad: Your ticket to global success

ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. Innovation and invention can lead the way to a clean future. That’s why we create a stage for the people who have great cleantech ideas and help them develop those ideas into startups making global impact. ClimateLaunchpad is being implemented in Kenya by Kenya Climate Innovation

The three R’s of organic farming

Thanks to organic farming, natural resources are utilized responsibly. A farmer in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County, utilizes the three Rs of reducing, reusing, and recycling to practice organic farming. The farmer uses ground rock dust from sulfate-containing rocks as fertilizer to grow his tomatoes and other vegetables. The rock dust adds trace minerals and micro-nutrients

Yes, you can farm tomatoes without chemicals

Tomatoes are among the most popular and widely produced vegetables in Kenya. Successful production of this high-value vegetable provides high income to smallholder farmers and has dramatically improved several livelihoods. However, tomato farming is also a highly demanding task because of the frequent occurrence of pests and diseases and the consequent reduction of the crop’s

A push for agriculture policies review to boost agribusiness

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Kenya, agriculture remains vital to Kenya’s economy, accounting for 26% of GDP and another 27% of GDP indirectly through links with other industries. Moreover, 40% of the population works in the industry, while more than 70% of Kenyans live in rural areas.