The Principal Secretary, State Department for Irrigation, Prof. Fred Segor has lauded efforts being spearheaded by the National Irrigation Acceleration Platform (NIAP) hosted by WARREC in advancing knowledge sharing, learning and building synergies to promote and upscale irrigation best practices among small scale farmers in Kenya, thus contributing to the attainment of the Government’s Big Four Agenda. For more information: http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/niaps-promotion-of-irrigation-best-practices-to-boost-food-security-lauded/
Prof. Bancy Mati, the Director of WARREC, recently participated in two international conferences on rice, held back-to-back in Singapore and Malaysia respectively. The first was the 5th International Rice Conference (IRC), held at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, between October 15-17, 2018. The IRC is an international event held every three years where researchers, scientists, policy makers and stakeholders in the rice sector meet to capture cutting edge knowledge and technologies on rice across its broad value chains. This year’s event held in Singapore brought together top scientists from around the world. Prof…. Continue reading →
While agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy accounting for about 60 percent of total employment, farmers still continue to grapple with myriad challenges that negate agricultural productivity. For farmers in Meru, extreme weather conditions is a notable hindrance; a condition that has driven growers to adapt small scale irrigation techniques to boost production. The approach that has been practiced in Meru for over three decades has had a toll on the streams in the county forcing farmers to turn to scientists to find sustainable solutions to improve the efficiency of irrigation and precision farming… Continue reading →
A weir (sometimes called an overflow dam), is a small dam created across a valley or river channel and often used to create an impoundment reservoir. The term weir is also sometimes used to describe the crest of an overflow spillway on a large dam. In most cases, weirs take the form of a barrier across the river that causes water to pool behind the structure (just like a dam), but allows water to flow over the top. Weirs are commonly used to alter the flow regime of the river, prevent flooding, measure discharge. They… Continue reading →
Rice farmers in West Kano irrigation scheme have a reason to smile and thanks to the System of Rice Intensification which has made them reap more from their farming. Teresa Akinyi Ouno, a a farmer from West Kano says since she embraced the technology, her life has dramatically changed. ‘As a woman, SRI has lessened the work while increased the returns. Instead of 25kgs of seeds per acre now I only use – 5Kgs. The yields have also shot to 33 bags per hectare up from 27 previously,’ enumerates Akinyi. Speaking during an exposure tour… Continue reading →
Water harvesting within valleys is the harnessing, storage and delivery of excess water that would otherwise naturally flow in a watercourse. Water harvesting in a watercourse is distinguished from natural river flow by the fact that the water targeted for storage flows as excess floods during the rainy season, and base flow, if any, is not stored but is allowed to leave the storage structure Water harvesting and storage in Valleys using Earth Dams
On February 19th 2016, the Water Research and Research Center hosted Dr. Samina Masood, the International Partnership Manager, Marketing, Communication and Development, Cranfield University, UK. Dr. Masood visited JKUAT/WARREC to explore areas of collaboration and discuss opportunities for Msc. And PhD scholarships for Africa as well as Faculty development programmes at Cranfield University. In her speech, Dr. Masood echoed the need for carrier progression and encouraged the student finalist to consider advancing their carriers which will open many opportunities. She further articulated Cranfield’s commitment to supporting quality research and innovations and urged students to apply… Continue reading →
Water scarcity is driving innovation in water management particularly in the Asian Pacific region where some of the greatest water and environmental challenges exist. The World Water Congress & Exhibition 2016 is bringing together science, technology and practice from leading experts, and a strong interest form the Asia Pacific Region with over 200 paper submissions from China alone. Japan, Australia, China, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark have already confirmed their country pavilions.