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 →

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 →