Visiting scientists report

This report is divided into four parts. First part includes work done elsewhere but analysed and written up at ILCA, 2nd part presents work done at ILCA and written up at ILCA, 3rd part is a chapter to an ILCA sheep production manual, and part 4 is a contribution to ILCA workshops and training.

Financial Cost-benefit Analysis of Maize Storage Techniques: a Case Study of Njoro Sub-county

This study analyzes the cost benefit implication of maize storage techniques used by farmers and traders, and further identifies challenges in the uptake of new and improved technology and innovations. Using a case study area in Njoro sub-County from Kenya, we identified and evaluated the economic feasibility of the various technologies that farmers and traders used to store their maize against being attacked by insects and rodents.

Smallholdings In Kenya's Land Policy: Proprietary Structures And Tenurial Practices In The Nyanza Sugarbelt.

Policy on smallholdings therefore needs to recognise that the landholding structure is an interface between the traditional and statutory requirements even in the sugarcane cash crop regions in Kenya. Smallholdings occupy an important place in Kenya's policy and strategy on agricultural development, contributing at least 75 per cent of the country's total value of agricultural output (67% of which is average marketed output between 1992 and 1999) and providing slightly over 85 % of rural employment.

Public Control Of Private Land In Kenya: An Analysis Of Land Control In Muhoroni, Nyanza Province In Western Kenya.

Public policy on agricultural land in Kenya favours individual registered smallholdings (except in ranching and highly mechnised farming areas and settlement schemes. Thus as the registration of Trust (traditional) lands gained momentum in the mid 1960s, the independent Government passed the legislation (the Land Control Act Cap,302) to regulate the dealings in agricultural land to avoid land fragmentation, speculative accumulation of holdings, unproductive indebtedness and to stem those transactions that would be detrimental to the landholder's family.

An assessment of use of information communication technologies in agricultural training centres: A case study of Central Kenya

Agricultural Training Centers (ATCs) have been gaining popularity since the 1960s with more and more farmers engaging in farming especially in the central Kenya region. As a Government initiative, the Ministry of Agriculture has been allocating substantial amounts of resources both human and financial to these institutions to improve their performance.

Creating space: Sack gardening as a livelihood strategy in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya

As many countries in sub-Saharan Africa undergo rapid urbanization, a growing number of people are joining the ranks of the urban poor. Urban agriculture is a livelihood strategy used by the poor to improve their well-being, but it has remained largely inaccessible to inhabitants of slums, who generally lack access to land to farm. However, in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, a relatively new form of urban agriculture has emerged, called sack gardening, in which farmers plant crops into the sides and tops of large sacks of soil.

A Surface Regression Approach For Estimation Of Genetic And Environmental Trends Under Widely Varying Meteorological Conditions Between Years

Under tropical conditions meteorological variations may be a major source of nuisance in the estimation of genetic and environmental progress achieved. In this paper an approach is presented to incorporate polynomial functions of rainfall in the statistical model for estimating genetic and environmental trends. The idea behind is to separate the year-season effect into causal components, i.e. influence of rainfall pattern, temporary management effect and environmental trend.

The economic burden of malaria in kenya:a household-level investigation

The economic impact of malaria on households and individuals is increasingly becoming a subject of considerable interest to researchers and policy makers. Available evidence indicates that malaria endemic countries stand to lose billions of dollars in national income to malaria morbidity and mortality. In Kenya, malaria is the leading cause of morbidity, accounting for about 19 per cent of hospital admissions and 50% of outpatient cases in public health institutions. Despite the devastating effects of malaria, there exists little empirical evidence on the economic burden of the disease.

Strategies to reduce microbial and chemical contamination in waste water irrigated vegetables in Nairobi, Kenya.

The use of wastewater in urban agriculture is continually increasing due to lack of clean water for irrigation and this has made contamination of produce to be witnessed in many countries. The study was on evaluation of irrigation methods as strategies used in reducing microbial contamination in leafy vegetables. The key objectives of the study were to assess the irrigation water quality and evaluate selected irrigation methods in reducing microbial contamination in irrigated spinach vegetable.

Exploring Improved Nutrient Options for Increased Rainfed Lowland Rice Production in Eastern and Northern Uganda

Although rice is increasingly becoming an important crop in Uganda, yields continue to decline due to poor soil fertility, weed problems and intermittent rainfall. Poor soil fertility has been ranked as the most important abiotic stress limiting rice production. The main objective of this study was to develop nutrient options for the improvement of rice production in eastern and northern Uganda.


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