New technology boosts yields for Meru farmers

    Horticulture farmer, Patrick Gikunda ,from Githongo Village, Meru county, like farmers elsewhere, had continued to grapple with challenges that negate productivity. All was well until availability of water for farming in the village became scarce over time. Farm production dwindled with water levels due to changing weather patterns. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) researcher, Simon Mogere, stationed in the area as part of a collaborative effort between the university and SNV (Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers) – Netherlands noted: “For farmers in Meru, extreme weather has been a notable hindrance; a condition that has… Continue reading →

Enhancing resilience building key to positive transformation of livehood in arid areas in Kenya

Enhancing resilience building key to positive transformation of livehood in arid areas in Kenya

This is the powerful message coming out of the convening of major stakeholders who implement programmes and projects on resilience livelihood in the arid zones of Kenya, combining nine counties taking place at Marigat Baringo County facilitated by staff from JKUAT. Water is at the centre of issues discussed, noting its central role in affecting both the challenges and solutions for the arid zones. The workshop started on 20th May 2019 with the aim of disseminating technical skills to participants who are key in implementing resilience programmes in the arid counties. JKUAT through its Water… Continue reading →

‘The Knowledge is with the People’: Insights from Professor Bancy Mati

‘The Knowledge is with the People’: Insights from Professor Bancy Mati

  At the heart of our work on the Nexus Approach is not just the study of how best to manage our environmental resources from the academic perspective, but also looking at how best to implement it from the practitioner’s point of view. In an exclusive interview, Prof. Bancy Mati, a champion of water resources management, shares her insights as both a full professor and registered professional engineer. She is also a member of the UNU-FLORES Advisory Committee. To read the full interview click on the link: https://flores.unu.edu/en/news/news/the-knowledge-is-with-the-people-insights-from-professor-bancy-mati.html?i=AUlvOhZY   Interview by Atiqah Fairuz Salleh, Communications and Advocacy, The United Nations University… Continue reading →

WARREC Director makes Keynote Presentation at the World Bank Water Week in Washington DC, USA

WARREC Director makes Keynote Presentation at the World Bank Water Week in Washington DC, USA

    When leaders and experts on water drawn from all corners of the world met earlier this week in Washington DC, USA, Prof. Bancy Mati, the Director of WARREC, was among them, invited as a Keynote speaker. The event, held from 2nd to 4th April 2019, was organized and hosted by the World Bank Group’s Global Practice; comprising The World Bank (WB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). This flagship global conference brought together leading innovators, thought leaders, partners, and practitioners together with World Bank staff and clients… Continue reading →

WARREC’s Initiative to Promote Irrigation Best Practices Lauded

WARREC’s Initiative to Promote Irrigation Best Practices  Lauded

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. Mati participates in IRC conference in Singapore and the Asia SRI Network meeting in Malaysia

Prof. Mati participates in IRC conference in Singapore and the Asia SRI Network meeting in Malaysia

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 →

Smart Water for Agriculture Revolutionise Farming in Meru

Smart Water for Agriculture Revolutionise Farming in Meru

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 →

Water Harvesting and Storage in Valleys Using Weirs

Water Harvesting and  Storage in Valleys  Using Weirs

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 →

Water Saving Technology boosts rice production

Water Saving Technology boosts rice production

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 →

How to do water harvesting and storage in valleys using Small Earth dams

How to do water harvesting and storage in valleys using Small Earth dams

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