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
PlantVillage has established the Dream Team model in Uganda in partnership with World Bank and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Uganda). In an effort to curb food insecurity and climate change, PlantVillage has recruited 11 young graduates from different Universities in Uganda with an education background in Agriculture. This partnership will aid in development and piloting of pest and diseases surveillance tools for Uganda especially on crops...Read more
Grevillea robusta, a great tree species recommended for its ability to conserve the environment and fight climate change, is probably one of the most interesting of evergreen types. Mind you, PlantVillage is on the course of planting 3 million of them in counties across Kenya, and here are some of the facts that make this tree top-notch.
Photo taken from one of the batches of Grevillea tree seedlinds PlantVillage has been...Read more
In October 2021, I had an opportunity to join my colleagues from the PlantVillage Dream Team in Bungoma and Busia counties. I stayed there for two weeks, learned and interacted with the lead farmers.
The experience was not only amazing but educative as well. Every day was a learning session, so it was so impactful to me.
As a researcher and expert in agriculture and biotechnology, I must say that what the farmers are...Read more
Reflect on the beaming smiles on the faces of students at Lolokwe Day Secondary School, located in the driest northeastern Kenya. PlantVillage has just concluded the installation of a water harvesting project that is going to be a life-changing plan for not only students but also the community that leads a nomadic lifestyle.
PlantVillage's One Health Scout, Francis Lekirimpoto, has been up to the...Read more
No one else could be so enthusiastic about agriculture than an ambitious teacher in Umoja Village in Lugari, Kakamega County. The teacher is a determined entrepreneur and he intends to build it into a grand project, and make a fortune out of it.
Mwalimu Gilbert Okech, who teaches at Idavaga Muslim Secondary School in Mbale, Vihiga County, has already set up a fishery with five ponds, an apiary with 30 beehives, a dairy cattle pen, a pigsty, has a...Read more
Kenya is experiencing a drought season that normally hits the country between September and March before the onset of the long rains that persist until August.
The most severely hit areas in Kenya are the northern counties and those along the coastal line, such as Kilifi (where PlantVillage is advancing its operations).
PlantVillage goal is to help the smallholder farmer tackle such challenges brought about by climate change. PlantVillage...Read more
A new USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab housed at Penn State will help smallholder farmers around the world cope with pests in a climate-changed world
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Reducing the negative effects of pests, diseases and weeds on crops in a climate-changed world is the goal of a multi-institution team led by Penn State and funded by the U.S. Agency for...Read more
We all know that the excess carbon dioxide (CO2), a compound of carbon, is a result of industrialization, poor farming activities and human negligence resulting to destructive occurences such as deforestation and forest fires.
Long since before this, nature had its own way of cycling and balancing carbon. Practically, when a tree dies and decomposes, it releases carbon dioxide, methane and other gases. Movement of carbon and...Read more
PlantVillage founder and director David Hughes is among three chosen to lead the USAID's Feed the Future program's new innovation Lab on Current and Emerging threats to Crops after Penn State University won a whopping $39 million grant for the course.
"The lab will serve as a venue for a broad coalition of experts from around the world to collaborate on novel approaches...Read more
Climate change is the shift in weather conditions of a given place over a period of many years. Climate change can be solved through reducing emissions, adapting to the climate change and through agroforestry.
We are currently experiencing some of these weather changes which include flash floods, prolonged drought, increased temperatures, heat waves and increased warm and cold winds.
Before industrial...Read more
PlantVillage interns from different parts of Kenya camped at the County Green Hotel in Sikata, Kanduyi Sub-county in Bungoma County, for a 3-day training aimed at inducting them on a two-week long field activity.
Interns pose for a photo at the County Green Hotel in Bungoma County, Kenya.
The special event, overseen by the county director Dr. John Chelal, kicked off on Monday 11th October 2021 and ended on Thursday 14th October 2021. It brought...Read more
At least 12 lead farmers from different parts of Busia County met at a home in Nambale Sub-county for a soil training session. In Bungoma County, farmers gathered in Kimilili to receive an interpretation of soil test results from their fields.
Led by Dr. Edwin Rotich, a biotechnologist and soil scientist lecturer at Moi University – and accompanied by officers from PlantVillage – the farmers got an interactive opportunity to learn about the...Read more
Cassava has, for a long time, existed in the traditional African recipe. The tuber crop, which comes in handy for its roots and leaves, used to form a great meal companion for our great grandparents– no wonder their robust health and fulfilling lives!
In this article, we are going to review the benefits that come with cassava flour, its uses in Kenya, and just exactly how you can make a fantastic recipe for a loving one, a...Read more
This year theme of international youth day 2021 is transforming food system; Youth innovation for Human and Planetary Health’ with an aim of highlighting the global success achieved with participation of young people. The world has about 1.2 billion people aged between 15 and 24 years, making up 16% of the world’s population. With this enormours pool of potential,it is important to encourage young people to participate in feeding...Read more
Cassava is the highest-produced fresh staple crop in Africa. In 2019 alone about 192 million tons of cassava were produced in Africa. After cassava, the most produced staple crops in Africa are maize, yam, banana, rice, sorghum, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and millet in descending order. Among all the major staple crops in Africa, cassava is the most adapted crop for climate change. Cassava is the only staple crop that is expected...Read more
Agroforestry for Food Security and Climate Change in Africa
Agroforestry refers to growing woody perennials and crops and rearing animals in the same environment for ecological and economical benefit. Farmers practice agroforestry for optimal food, fiber and livestock production. Agroforestry provides multiple ecological and environmental benefits that helps communities not only adapt to climate change but also produce food sustainably. There...Read more
Agroforestry can simply be defined as agriculture with trees according to World Agroforestry. It is the interaction of agriculture and trees.
Agroforestry is the combined management of trees, shrubs and agricultural crops. This kind of diversification in farming is beneficial to the farmer and soil. FAO describes agroforestry as land-use systems where woody perennials (trees, shrubs, palms bamboo) are used on the same land as agricultural crops and / or animals. Example of trees that...Read more