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
President Kibaki will today [26 November 2010] travel to Igembe South District to preside over celebrations to mark the eradication of rinderpest in Kenya. Elimination of rinderpest is a boost to the government’s policy on creation of disease free zones in line with the Millennium Development goals. Kenya’s certification as a rinderpest-free country by the World Organization for Animal Health is a success story for the livestock sector. Rinderpest, also known as cattle plague, is a fatal viral disease that affects domestic animals.
Source: Daily Nation, Friday November 26, 2010. page 34
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released a report that examines the potential of smallholder dairy production as a pathway out of poverty for the millions of small-scale farmers globally who depend on livestock for their livelihoods. The report titled The Status and Prospects for Smallholder Milk Production – A global Perspective is jointly published with the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN).
Download the report here.
Source: FAO Media Centre
Scientists from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) report that the drought-resistant Opuntia species of cactus, commonly known as the prickly pear, could solve the problem of livestock feed scarcity during periods of drought in Africa.
Details in this feature article in SciDev.Net which also has the link to the research paper.