KARI to host exhibit of agricultural innovations by farmers in eastern Africa

Various local and international partners are working together to host the Week on Agricultural Innovation in Africa on 25–31 May 2013 where various events regarding agricultural innovation systems will be discussed.

The Eastern Africa Farmer-led Innovation Fair (EAFIF) will set the scene for the Agricultural Innovation Symposium in Africa (AISA).

The fair will be held on 28-29 May 2013 at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Kabete grounds in Nairobi and will bring researchers and policymakers in contact with selected farmer innovators from Eastern Africa region.

The focus will be on recognizing the role of smallholder farmers, both men and women, in agricultural innovation.

The fair and the symposium will lead to identification of priorities for research, practice and policy to strengthen the innovation process in smallholder agriculture.

The EAFIF organizing committee has already shortlisted 50 “game-changing” farmer innovations from eastern Africa to be exhibited during the fair.

These are mostly low-technology innovations but with a potential for replicability and up-scaling.

The innovations broadly fall into the following categories:

  • Livestock production
  • Crop production
  • Marketing, technology and social innovations
  • Soil and water management