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PlantVillage USAID Current and Emerging Threats to Crops Innovation Lab (CETC IL) interns were feted this week for being part of the team that saw the successful rollout of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) packages to farmers in Kenya.

Tuesday’s meeting, attended by 23 interns and county and regional leads at the County Green Hotel in Bungoma County, was an opportunity to reflect on the progress...Read more

Migori Farmer Embraces Cassava Farming as an Alternative to Maize

Posted on November 28, 2022 by PlantVillage

Farmer Sinda Nyabasamba from Migori County in Kenya is worried about her future and of her family. Her maize crop, which she planted on one acre, performed poorly in the last season.

Farming maize, her family’s staple food for a long time, is proving a futile adventure because the region experiences relatively high temperature, and has one rain season.

The soil is loamy and black cotton clay type, whose acidity is the major...Read more


PlantVillage bagged a certificate for being one of the key stakeholders in showcasing various climate-smart technologies, innovations, and practices for sustainable livelihoods at the recent Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) North Rift Agribusiness Expo held at the Eldoret National Polytechnic in Uasin Gishu County on November 19, 2022.

Officers from PlantVillage’s Dream Team Agroconsultancy Limited stole the show...Read more


Globally, banana is the fourth most important crop on the food market after rice, wheat, and maize. In many developing and developed countries, banana is an important crop, and here in Uganda, it is served on every table as a staple meal.

The crop is used in a variety of dishes, including green boiled or fried bananas, desserts like sukalindizi and bogoya, and roasted bananas like gonja. It can also be added...Read more


PlantVillage is looking beyond the horizon in its effort towards helping the African farmer adapt to climate change and this time round focusing on the young people to help solve problems that come with the crisis and seize opportunities to make a living.

Young people in schools in Kenya and Tanzania have taken up with pride the grand initiative to ensure their countries are well-equipped with...Read more


Rose Echakara is a small-scale farmer in Angurai in Teso North found in Busia County in Kenya who has always relied on agriculture to single-handedly raise her children after her husband passed away long ago.

As the country grapples with a prolonged drought that has continued for four successive seasons and exposed 4.1 million people to adverse hunger and famine, farmer Rose has...Read more

Kilifi County Farmers Sensitized on Biochar Production

Posted on November 7, 2022 by PlantVillage

Farmers in various areas in Kilifi including Kizingitini, Arabuko Sokoke, Sosoni Mzee wa Zaidi and others were recently trained on biochar production and drought management. The training aimed at ensuring farmers enhance soil fertility and productivity as they prepare for the next farming season.

Kizingitini Farmers Field School during biochar training.

Speaking during the Kizingitini Farmers Field School meeting, Ms. Veronicah Achungo, an...Read more

Agriculture and Climate Change: How to Right the Wrong

Posted on November 4, 2022 by PlantVillage

The ravaging effects of climate change are increasing affecting not only humans but all living species on the planet: crops, animals, and marine life. 

Different localities are facing the effects of these climatic changes differently due to factors such as the present vegetation cover, altitude, farming practices, and population density among others. The effects range from flooding, and storms, to rising temperatures, prolonged...Read more


As a way to curb the spread of fall armyworms that has extensively caused sleepless nights to farmers in Kenya, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with a non-governmental organization dubbed Plant village Kenya has embarked on training farmers from counties in western Kenya on modern methods of eradicating its spread.

The biological control method that doesn't involve...Read more

THE MAGIC OF BIOCHAR AND HOMEMADE FERTILIZER

Posted on October 31, 2022 by PlantVillage

Farmer Joyce Agutu of Busia County shares on how the use of Biochar combined with homemade organic fertilizer has seen her reap quality and improved yields from her maize plantation. From the trainings she gets from PlantVillage field officers, the farmer says farming with PlantVillage has made her love agriculture as she can use a variety of sustainable farming methods to boost her produce.

Following Farmer Joyce Agutu

“Through the farm tips I...Read more

PlantVillage Coffee AI set to increase coffee production in Uganda.

Posted on October 31, 2022 by PlantVillage

Press Release                                                                                                                       ...Read more


East Africa is in dire need of food and water as the prolonged drought rocks for the fourth season now, exposing at least 21.1 million people to a devastating situation.

Most parts of the region, which lies south of the Sahara, are experiencing an acute drought, a recurring condition of the La Niña weather phenomenon, and this time the worst in decades as land remains dry, water sources are declining, and...Read more


Pests and diseases that affect plants can have a major impact on economic stability and businesses’ profitability. It’s important to understand the risk and take action to protect plants, for this reason, on 19th October 2022, PlantVillage team engaged a group of trainees in the Risk Management System for Pests and Diseases workshop by demonstrating how PlantVillage Nuru Application has...Read more


PlantVillage, in coordination with the Dream Team Agro Consultancy Limited, has launched the project to convert Prosopis juliflora weed, otherwise called mesquite, into biochar for carbon credits meant to benefit the pastoralist community in Marsabit County in northern Kenya.

The invasive weed, locally known as Mathenge, is responsible for the decline of important plant species that animals feed on. It...Read more


 by Dennis Avokoywa.

Western Kenya farmers have been called upon to turn to organic fertilisers to cushion soil fertility and increase yields

Nancy Onyango, an extension officer of PlantVillage non-governmental organisation, attributes decrease in farm produce to pests and diseases, over use of inorganic fertilisers and perennial repetition of one crop on the same piece of...Read more

PlantVillage Lauded for Enhancing Food Security

Posted on October 21, 2022 by PlantVillage

PlantVillage was recently commended by Amukura East Aggregation Centre for enhancing food security through inventing PlantVillage Nuru application that has enabled the farmers identify diseases affecting their cassava and coming up with measures to mitigate them.

“We have noted an improve in cassava production ever since PlantVillage introduced us to the use of technology to detect crop diseases using the Nuru application.” Said Ms....Read more


PlantVillage has launched a climate change club of 50 students in Burudu primary school in Busia County. This is a move to enhance the planting of trees, and environmental conservation, as well as create awareness of climate change.

The club named Burudu forest club will provide a platform for the students to engage and educate the surrounding community to actively participate in...Read more


PlantVillage’s grand initiative to upscale carbon capture and help heal soils for food production in African farms is at its peak after the the 1 million tree mark was surpassed in the ongoing tree seedlings distribution program just a year since the project kicked off. We are focused on Kenya and Burkina Faso but based on what we learn in those countries we want to expand to 40 countries...Read more


In a move to accelerate efforts to reach as many farmers as possible, the Cultiva Dream Team Uganda has successfully trained 50 lead farmers from five districts of Uganda: Mpigi, Kalungu, and Masaka Districts in the Central part of the country; and Soroti and Serere Districts in the East.

The week-long training was spearheaded by country lead James Mugo in collaboration with field officers from Cultiva, who carried out the...Read more


The Dream Team in Kenya has rolled up its sleeves as it embarks on a full-fledged course to teach every young person, organized into formidable groups called Climate Change Clubs, ways of fighting the effects of climate change.

On October 5, 2022, research and extension officer Nancy Onyango and her agroforestry counterpart, Lyon Mushira, paid a visit to St. Aloys Buriya Secondary School in Butula...Read more

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