Innovations in Solar Water Pumping Systems Key to Taking Kenya’s Development to the Next Level

Innovations in Solar Water Pumping Systems Key to Taking Kenya’s Development to the Next Level

This was the strong message that Prof. Eng. Bancy Mati, the Director WARREC enunciated on during her presentation in the 5th UNESCO Africa Engineering Week held at PrideInn Hotel, Mombasa from 17th – 21st September 2018. The event also doubled up as the 3rd Africa Engineering Conference & the 25th IEK International Conference. On her keynote presentation paper entitled “Innovations in Solar Water Pumping Systems: Taking Kenya’s Development to the Next Level  during the workshop opening  on Monday, 17th September 2018, Prof. Mati articulated on a wide range of issues impacting on solar water pumping,… Continue reading →

SOLAR POWERED IRRIGATION KEY TO ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE IRRIGATION IN AFRICA

SOLAR POWERED IRRIGATION KEY TO ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE IRRIGATION IN AFRICA

  Although irrigation in Africa has the potential to boost agricultural productivities by at least 50 percent, food production on the continent is almost entirely rainfed. Africa has 65% of the world’s uncultivated arable land but produces only 15% of global agricultural output. Smallholder farms produce on average 50% less output per acre than their global counterparts. The area equipped for irrigation, currently slightly more than 13 million hectares, makes up just 6 percent of the total cultivated area. There is a great irrigation potential in Africa that need to be unlocked by use of… Continue reading →

Financing major hindrance to Upscaling Smart Water Technologies

Financing major hindrance to Upscaling Smart Water Technologies

  Despite the diverse financial institutions in Kenya, there is still a reluctance from financial service providers (FSPs) to invest in smallholder irrigation because of the perceived high risks of agriculture related to weather unpredictability, pest & disease outbreaks, low entrepreneurial attitude of many farmers, price fluctuations of crops, poor infrastructure, and poor market information. The “Smart Finance for Smart Water Solutions” master class organized by WARREC/JKUAT in collaboration with SNV Netherlands held in Nairobi on July 20th, 2018 convened key financial service providers, DFI’s, impact investing stakeholders and irrigation solutions providers to stimulate debate… Continue reading →

Lack of targeted attention and not Embracing right Technology, Major hindrance to unlocking Potential in Kenya’s Semi- Arid Zones

Lack of targeted attention and not Embracing right Technology, Major hindrance to unlocking Potential in Kenya’s Semi- Arid Zones

The potentials of the semi-arid lands in Kenya are high but these more often get obscured by the more visible challenges. Yet there are significant amounts of inherent endowments that exist. The potential for growth is higher because the region requires a smaller amount of push as compared to arid zones. What has been lacking is targeted attention to the sub-region, and a proper understanding of its needs and potentials, and a deliberate commitment to address them. These zones have inherent potential which include land resources, unique ecosystems, human capital, Gender, youths, rainwater and ground… Continue reading →

Embracing Technology Key to unlocking Potential in Kenya’s Arid Areas

Embracing Technology Key to unlocking Potential in Kenya’s Arid Areas

Covering 84% of Kenya’s land area is the ASALs with scanty water resources, prone to drought and have poorly developed infrastructure. They are homes to about 36% of the population with over 70% of the livestock and 75% of the wildlife in the country and yet remain the most chronically food insecure areas in the country experiencing consistently high malnutrition rates. About 24 million hectares of land in the ASAL can be used for livestock production, but only 50 per cent of the carrying capacity of the land is exploited. Additionally, there are 9.2 million… Continue reading →

National Irrigation Acceleration Programme Launched

National Irrigation Acceleration Programme Launched

Inadequate rainfall and poor uptake of smart water solutions for smallholder farmers, has for years hindered profitable crop production and capacity of Kenya to attain and sustain food security. While the country has endeavored to reverse the anomaly through irrigated agriculture, the sector has operated without coordination of the diverse stakeholders for optimal impact. For more information: http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/national-irrigation-acceleration-programme-launched/  

Yet Again WARREC Sets Research Foot in Kajiado County

Yet Again WARREC Sets Research Foot in Kajiado County

In collaboration with World Vision Kenya (WVK) and the County government of Kajiado the Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC-JKUAT) is implementing BabyWASH Project in Meto and Longuswa Locations of Kajiado County. The babyWASH Project aims at improving the health and well being of mothers and children in this resource constrained area through improved integrated approach of Water Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) new-born and child health (MNCH) nutrition and ECD in the first 1000 days.   In this project titled “Osiligi BabyWASH project”, WARREC is providing technical support on monitoring and evaluation. On 22nd to… Continue reading →

WARREC Fostering Collaborative Research in the Mara Ecosystem

WARREC Fostering Collaborative Research in the Mara Ecosystem

In an effort to set its foot in the Masai Mara ecosystem, the Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC)  is working closely with the Masai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA) to foster collaboration to address research gaps that exist in the Mara.  This is in partnership with the Soil Water and environmental Engineering Department (SWEED), and the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (CCEE). In September 2017 the first meeting to initiate the collaboration was held in JKUAT followed by a reconnaissance visit by the JKUAT team on 7th – 8th December 2017 led by… Continue reading →