2nd cohort of the UTNWF fellowship awardee gets acquainted to the project sites in the Upper Tana

2nd cohort of the UTNWF fellowship awardee gets acquainted to the project sites in the Upper Tana

Getting to know more about the project site before project implementation is key to achieving credible project outputs. This is what drove the Water Research and Resource and Center (WARREC) to conduct a two-day reconnaissance visits on 4th – 5th July 2019 for the 2nd cohort of the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund (UTNWF) fellowship awardee in the Upper Tana. The UTNWF Project Fellowships are awarded by The Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) under its Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund (UTNWF) – JKUAT component funded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The team comprising of… Continue reading →

This week, from June 26 to 29, 2019, international experts have been meeting at the International Rice Development Conference on China-Africa Rice Development, being held in Changsha, China. Held under the auspices of the International Forum on Rice Development (IFRD), the congress aims to boost the development of international rice crop research and industry revitalization as part of China-Africa cooperation. At the core of the conference is to capture the latest advances in hybrid rice cultivation in the world and its relevance and applicability to Africa. The chairman of this conference is Academician Yuan Longping,… Continue reading →

WARREC Director Makes a Presentation on Water and SRI in Africa at the International Rice Congress in Changsha, China

WARREC Director Makes a Presentation on Water and SRI in Africa at the International Rice Congress in Changsha, China

Between  June 26th  to 29th , 2019, international experts have been meeting at the International Rice Development Conference on China-Africa Rice Development, being held in Changsha, China. Held under the auspices of the International Forum on Rice Development (IFRD), the congress aims to boost the development of international rice crop research and industry revitalization as part of China-Africa cooperation. At the core of the conference is to capture the latest advances in hybrid rice cultivation in the world and its relevance and applicability to Africa. The chairman of this conference is Academician Yuan Longping, the… Continue reading →

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 undertakes Household monitoring exercise in Kajiado County on its BabyWASH Project

Keeping track of all project-related metrics including team performance and task duration, identifying potential problems and taking corrective actions necessary to ensure that the project is within scope, on budget and meets the specified deadlines is key to the success of a project. These are the sentiments that informed the Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) to carry out a household monitoring exercise on it BabyWASH Project one year down the line since the start of its implementation in Kajiado County. This exercise was carried out on the 23rd – 26th April 2019 in the… Continue reading →

World Water Day Marked with the Launch of River Telemetric Stations

World Water Day Marked with the Launch of River Telemetric Stations

The effect of climate change globally is taking a toll on water resources. Many communities are experiencing receding water levels in reservoirs, rivers, and lakes as temperatures rise, and rainfall patterns shift. To effectively and efficiently manage the depleting water resource, the Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) based at JKUAT in collaboration with Water Resource Authority and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), installed 6 telemetric river gauging stations in the rivers feeding Ndakaini and Sasuma dams. The stations were launched during the World Water Day celebrations in Ndakaini Dam, March 22, 2019. http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/river-monitoring-stations-launched-during-world-water-day/

RESEARCH KEY TO PROMOTING FOOD PRODUCTION IN COUNTIES

RESEARCH KEY TO PROMOTING FOOD PRODUCTION IN COUNTIES

   Improper application of irrigation water is the major cause of soil salinity, increased labour inefficiency and thus, reduced water productivity among SME farmers in Kenya. These are the sentiments that informs a team of researcher from Jomo Kenya university of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) through its Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) to carry out cutting edge research testing irrigation system efficiency in Meru County. In this research, JKUAT is partnering with SNV  through the Smart Water for Agriculture (SWA) to assist Meru County achieve food security and nutrition as  one of the Government’s… Continue reading →

Next Frontier: How small scale farmers are embracing technology

Next Frontier: How small scale farmers are embracing technology

Leveraging on the use of technology in agriculture, JKUAT’s Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) in collaboration with SNV-Netherlands is using drones referred to as Flying Sensor’ to assess crop health in Agricultural fields in Meru County. https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ktnnews/video/2000168166/next-frontier-how-small-scale-farmers-are-embracing-technology