Category: <span>Impact</span>

Safe food for a Healthy and Wealthy Nation
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Safe food for a Healthy and Wealthy Nation

With support from the European Union (EU), Market Access Upgrade Program (MARKUP) Kenya joins the rest of the world in marking the World Food Safety Day. This year’s theme of ‘Safe Food Today for a Healthy Tomorrow’ is a call for all stakeholders to actively play their role in ensuring safe food, not only at...

Clean Planting Material: A Focus on Macadamia
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Clean Planting Material: A Focus on Macadamia

On a chilly morning along the Thika Kandara road is the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) – run Practical Training Center. From the roadside, are well constricted story buildings and a well compound characterized by well manicured ornamental plants and grass. It is until you go past these buildings that you actually discover...

MARKUP Spearheads Research on Aflatoxin Contamination
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MARKUP Spearheads Research on Aflatoxin Contamination

The mention of aflatoxin contamination often brings in mind maize, especially because it is this grain that is associated with food security, and therefore, receives a lot of attention. However, aflatoxin affects other value chains as well, resulting to health risks among consumers, business loss along the value chains and other negative impacts.

EU-Supported MARKUP Program to Strengthen Extension Services
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EU-Supported MARKUP Program to Strengthen Extension Services

Extension Services providers play a key role in building the capacity of small, medium and large-scale growers to meet the required market standards and enhance sensitization on good agricultural practices and code of conduct. Food safety, quality and MRL exceedance are currently some of the significant limiting factors to increasing export. A research by MARKUP...

Youthful Woman Thrives in Herbs Production
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Youthful Woman Thrives in Herbs Production

On part of 15 acres of Viakwetu farm, 28-year-old Laura-Nelima Lubisa grows more than 15 varieties of herbs and spices. The varieties include rosemary, sage, lemon grass, lavender, lemon verbena, Artemisia, perfumed Geranium, Hibiscus, Mulberry, Gooseberry, stevia, and red raspberry, all farmed organically. Nelima’s farming journey dates back to 2018, when she left employment at...

Inform Farmers, Strengthen Extension Services – KAP Survey
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Inform Farmers, Strengthen Extension Services – KAP Survey

Farmers need to be informed on correct use of pesticides and hygiene practices. Additionally, there is need for strengthening extension services, while agro dealers need to be empowered with the right information. A recent Baseline survey has revealed that weak extension services, coupled with lack of information on proper use of pesticides and hygiene practices...

Promoting Food Safety through IPM
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Promoting Food Safety through IPM

MARKUP program is keen on promoting food safety along the whole value chain; from production to consumption. Among the ways of promoting food safety that this program will employ, is creating awareness on safe use of pesticides as well as trainings on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). We spoke to Dr. Nehemiah Mihindo, an Entomologist and...

Women Group offers Local Market for Herbs and Spices #IWD2021
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Women Group offers Local Market for Herbs and Spices #IWD2021

On a Saturday morning at Ngata, along the Nakuru Eldoret estate, Sheila Khayi and Irene her friend, neighbor- cum business partner Irene Mashimba, are busy packing, weighing and labeling dried and grinded sage. The duo are part of a ten-member Virtuous Women Group, who have come in rescue of herbs farmers who lost market due...

MARKUP in the Counties!
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MARKUP in the Counties!

A technical team from MARKUP Kenya has started its mission to the counties in a bid to officially introduce the program, discuss possible partnership and collaboration opportunities. The team, comprises experts from UNIDO, led by the project’s National Coordinator Maina Karuiru and Knowledge Management Expert Christine Misiko. Also in the team are representatives from the...