Category: <span>Impact</span>

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...

KS1758 Simplified
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KS1758 Simplified

If you are in the horticulture industry, or want to venture into it, then you may have heard about the KS1758. Sometimes referred to as ‘Horticulture Code of Conduct’, KS1758 is the standard that covers horticulture standards, along the value chains. Well, while the name may sound complex, the standards, as experts put it, are...

Time for Mangoes!
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Time for Mangoes!

The mango season is here, with farmers in different areas harvesting, and supplying to markets all over the country and beyond. With support from the European Union (EU), the Market Access Upgrade Program (MARKUP) Kenya will be supporting the mango value chain in Machakos, Makueni and Embu Counties. MARKUP Kenya aims at enhancing food safety...

MARKUP Kenya to Support Chilli Value Chain
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MARKUP Kenya to Support Chilli Value Chain

At Seko Farm in Uasin Gishu County, are 4000 plants of Habanero and demon F1 chilies varieties. Demon F1 resembles as bullet chilies but it is robust while Habenero looks like capsicum but this one is considered as one of the hottest chilies in the world and is preferred in the export market. Norah Jeruto...

Here is a Ready Market for Groundnuts Farmers
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Here is a Ready Market for Groundnuts Farmers

With many farmers opting for the traditional maize and beans farming, groundnuts production is yet to gain momentum in the country. For this reason, Kenya depends on imports, mostly from neighbouring Tanzania and Malawi. But did you know that there is a ready market for groundnuts within the country? Besides, consider that while a 90...

Celebrating Rural Women in Agriculture
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Celebrating Rural Women in Agriculture

On a late afternoon at Mbegi ya Akorino village in Gilgil, Nakuru county. Regina Nderitu is bee busy, scouting at her mint plantation. A retired teacher, Regina is hopeful for a bumper harvest for this herb, which she has been growing for the last one year. Her farming journey though, dates two years ago, when...