Turkana County Community Disease Reporters (CDRs) concluded their two-day refresher training on syndromic surveillance and livestock disease reporting at the Riamakori Hotel in Lokichar on Wednesday May 18, 2022.
The training, which kicked of on Tuesday May 17, 2022, was led by PlantVillage officers Dr. Catherine Karungo and One Health Scouts coordinator, Melodine Jeptoo. It brought together 35 CDRs from...Read more
Cassava mealybug (phenacoccus manihoti) is a serious pest of cassava that is widespread in the cassava growing regions of Africa, causing up to 60% yield loss and up to 100% leaf loss. It was accidentally introduced to Africa from South America in the 1970s (Yonow et al., 2017; CABI, 2021) and it entered Uganda in 1992 through the Democratic Republic of Congo and has become fully established in the country (Zeddies, 2000). Following its...Read more
While still in college, Sally Jemo's dream was to be the best agriculturalist there has ever been. Her mind converted every piece of land she came across into a productive machine.
She is now 24 and out of Moi University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Extention With Education. She has already put her foot down and more than 100 farmers in Kimilili Sub-County, Bungoma County in Kenya look up to...Read more
Uganda’s coffee sector is made up of about 1.7 million small-scale household farmers. At least 2.8 million households depend on it for a living.
Of the total number of households involved in coffee growing, 1.17 million grow the Robusta variety, which faces the threat of pests and diseases.
One of the most common diseases of this variety is the Coffee Red Blister Disease (CRBD), commonly known in Central Uganda as "ekikaata" in...Read more
The northern part of Kenya is one of the places in Sub-Saharan Africa severely affected by the effects of climate change. Communities in this region solely depend on livestock as their source of livelihood, unlike other parts of the country that have the advantage of good soils and weather for growing crops.
PlantVillage, through its long-term initiative of helping not only farmers but also pastoralists deal with the effects of this...Read more
Mangroves are tropical plants that are adapted to wet soils, salt water, tidal fluctuation and soil type. It is said that mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests. PlantVillage through its agroforestry project planted 1000 mangrove seedlings in partnership with Mtongani Kidundu self-help group in Kilifi County.
Mtongani Kidundu self-help group is a CBO that is committed to preserve and nurture mangrove trees along the...Read more
Les producteurs de Takalédougou/ Banfora, au Burkina Faso ont reçu une formation sur le compostage. La particularité de cette formation était la valorisation des potentialités de la localité.
Le compostage qui est un processus naturel de dégradation ou de décomposition de la matière organique biodégradable comme les résidus de culture, les...Read more
PlantVillage, through its implementing partner organization Cultiva Dream Team, recently conducted two trainings; one for eastern region (Serere and Soroti district) and another for central region (Kalungu, Mpigi and Masaka). In attendance were the district agricultural officers, the district production officers and the sub county extension officers for each sub county in all districts.
The main objective was to provide an overview of PlantVillage...Read more
Agriculture industry has a lot of opportunities especially for young people. PlantVillage time and again have created job opportunities for youths in Africa, Asia and Central America to increase farmers resilience of food security in the face of climate change using technological innovations. PlantVillage created a youth driven model (Dream Team) that use graduates from different universities to work with and for the farmers. From Kenya, Burkina...Read more
Farmers from Bokoli CBO in Bungoma County, Kenya have something to smile about after their recent cassava harvest which was planted last year in early March. PlantVillage supported the group of 25 farmers with clean cuttings of MM96 variety. The cuttings were planted on a ¼ an acre piece of land belonging to one of the group members. The cassava farm was then used as a demonstration plot for other farmers to learn more about cassava agronomy...Read more
Coffee is one of Uganda's leading exporter after Gold. In Uganda, two coffee varieties is mainly grown namely Arabic coffee and Robusta coffee.
Averagely coffee in Uganda takes 2 to 3 years to start flowering and fruiting from planting time to the first harvest. The ripe healthy berries are picked, dried and further processed to end products like 'kawa'. According to farmers in Uganda, coffee growing is highly profitable and this has...Read more
Ces dix dernières années, les ravageurs des cultures constituent l’une des principales contraintes de la production au Burkina Faso. Pour contrôler ces ennemis de culture, la majorité des producteurs font recours aux pesticides chimiques de synthèse.
L’utilisation excessive et continue de ces produits, souvent non homologués, n’est pas sans effets néfastes sur la santé humaine et animale. Pour...Read more
L'agroforesterie apparait aujourd'hui comme un nouvel espoir pour les agriculteurs des pays en développement. Associer des arbres à la culture ouvre une voix vers la solution d'importants problèmes tel que la faible production agricole et la dégradation de l'environnement.
C'est ainsi que PlantVillage_FR apporte son soutien au producteurs du Burkina Faso à travers le volet agroforesterie....Read more
PlantVillage recently conducted a 2-day refresher training in Mararal, Samburu County Kenya. 10 scouts comprising of 8 community disease reporters (CDRs) and 2 One Health Scouts participated in learning exercise and field work activities. In attendance, was Samburu County veterinary officers Dr. Peninah Lekaura, Dr. Amos Lekukuu and County surveillance officer Dr. Simon Kiambi.
Au Burkina Faso, le milieu agricole fait face à une hausse du prix des engrais minéraux ces dernières années. Pour s'adapter à cette situation, il est nécessaire de prendre conscience de la valeur importante que représente l'engrais biologique notamment le compost.
En effet l'usage du compost répond à la fois aux options écologiques de préservation de...Read more
PlantVillage's Dream Team is now making inroads into Southern Africa after introducing its activities in Mozambique.
The unit has already selected 11 young graduates from universities in Mozambique with knowledge of agriculture to form a formidable team that will reach out to farmers in the country that is severely hit by the effects of climate change.
With the help of Kenyan experts Winnie Onyango and Lawrence Ombwayo, the new team received a 5-day...Read more
PlantVillage, in partnership with the Tanzania Development Trust and Mboni ya Vijana Organization, has expanded its activities to include young people from Tanzania as the organization gears up its initiative to reach out to smallholder farmers from marginalized areas in Africa.
The young men and women from the East African country, led by their coordinator, Benedicto Hosea, have already concluded the mandatory training required of a Dream Team...Read more
Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) is a condition in maize caused by a combination of viruses: Maize Chlorotic Mottle Virus (MCMV), Sugarcane Mosaic Virus (SCMV), Maize Dwarf Mosaic Virus (MDMV) and Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV).
The pathogens of the diesease, which were first identified in the USA in 1976, are prevalent in many parts of Kenya and affect cereal crops.
The disease was first reported in Kenya in 2011 and later in...Read more
Amukura cassava aggregation center was established on April 4th, 2021 to support over 2000 cassava farmers in building capacity. The center was formed to process and provide farmers with a readily available market for cassava tubers. It started with 535 farmers from 10 different farmer groups in Amukura East ward. This comprised of 75% women and 25% men farmers.
“The idea to start an aggregation center came from an existing...Read more
Zai pits is also known as planting pits, planting basins, micro pits, or small water harvesting pits. They measure 20-30 cm in width, 10-20 cm deep, and spaced 60-80 cm apart. One zai pit can hold up to nine seed of maize depending on the size, afterwards they are filled with organic manure and dry plant biomass. This leads to increased microbial activities thus increasing the rate of infiltration during the rainy season.
Kilifi County is among the arid regions...Read more