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  

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →