The average African farm performs at only about 40% of its potential. And on present trends the continent will only produce 13% of its food needs by 2050. Yet African agriculture also has the greatest promise: a growing population, vibrant markets and half the world’s uncultivated arable land. So how can these farms rise to their potential to address hunger and malnutrition while boosting livelihoods and promoting inclusive growth? 80% of all Africa’s farms are small plots yet contribute as [...]


Kenya has a potential for irrigation of 540 000 ha (Republic of Kenya, 2003)

CAPACITY BUILDING OF FARMERS IN KENYA Capacity building initiatives for farmers in Kenya are in the portfolio of the Ministry of Agriculture, including irrigated agriculture. There have been some notable extension programmes over the years. For instance, the Training and Visits (T&V) of the 1980s was an extension project funded by the World Bank and implemented in41 districts. It was meant to replace the tradition extension system inherited from the colonial government, which had failed to improve production in [...]


Advantages of greenhouse production

Off-season crops The production closed with the ability to control the weather (temperature and humidity) inside allows the cultivation of demanding species, as far as weather is concerned, in times whose climate is detrimental to the development of the plantation. Allow to establish the most suitable climatic conditions for each crop and stage The power to regulate climate conditions, enables us to keep plants in an optimal environment temperature and relative humidity that favors the reduction of the production period in relation [...]