crop-seed

Dealing with Counterfeit Problem in Crop Seeds Sector

The planting seasons in Kenya are generally characterised by high demand for certified seeds against low supply. As a result, shady seed merchants  have been taking farmers for a ride by selling them counterfeit seed. These seeds are packaged in …

Agrodealer-led Climate Smart Demos Changing Farmers’ Fortunes

Agrodealer-led climate smart demos have taken an upward trajectory changing the agribusiness landscape. KMT’s implementing partner in the crop seed sector, Agri Experience, facilitated climate smart agrodealer-led demos for the 2016 short rains (Sep/Oct). Field days that involve local farmers, …

What can Kenya Learn from Zambia on Agricultural development?

In Zambia, smallholder farmers rely on rain-fed agriculture and constantly face challenges such as erratic rainfall, fragile soil and poor access to markets. Climate change places an additional burden on farmers’ food security by increasing the frequency and intensity of …

Antony Wahome, Chairman of Busia Agro Dealers Association, Andrew Netia, the Secretary, and Alison Mugendi, the Ag. Director of Agriculture, Busia County.

Launch of Busia County Agro Dealers Association

Kenya Markets Trust in partnership with Agri Experience and the Busia Couny Government hosted a one-day agriculture stakeholders’ forum at Busia Agriculture Technical Center (ATC) grounds on Thursday, August 11, 2016, in which the Busia Agro-dealers Association was officially launched.…

Business Advocacy Skills for Agrodealers

Kenya Markets Trusts partner in the crop seeds sector, Agri Experience, partnered with Business Advocacy Fund to organize a Business Advocacy training for twenty four officials from seven county agrodealers associations. The three-day training sought to help associations to effectively …

Mbeguchoice on Hortinews Magazine

Smallholder farmers, long buffeted by lack of the right seed varieties, have found a new ally in an online tool that allows them to access over 237 seed varieties mapped by the farmers’ ecological zones within minutes. Mbegu Choice, the …

Climate-Smart Demo Farms To The Aid Of Farmers

Kenya Markets Trust together with Agri Experience, are supporting development of a farmer-centred crop seeds distribution system. We do this by:

  • Empowering agrodealers to become more active and knowledgeable partners in crop seed distribution to increase farmers’ yields.
  • Enhancing agrodealer

Seed Certification: Lessons from South Africa

At a time when Kenya is considering changing its approach to crop seed certification – a major point of discussion and negotiation between the private and public sectors – a trip to South Africa to study the country’s advanced certification …

Regional Mazao Forums Launched

Together with our partner in the Crop Seeds work, Agri-Experience, we developed the Mazao Forum, a convention that seeks to provide agro-dealers a platform to develop and network as distributors of crop seed and general inputs to farmers. The Forum …

Mazao Forum: Agro dealers to address food insecurity

With research findings indicating that Kenya is increasingly vulnerable to food insecurity due to shrinking yields, Agro Dealers have began to take steps to address the situation.

They see the formation of county level agro-dealer associations as a much-needed uniting …

Other crop seed commercialisation beyond maize

The KMT Seed Team is leading and facilitating joint discussions between Kenyan crop seed companies and Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KARLO) to increase commercialisation of other crop seeds beyond maize.

A formal joint working group has been formed, …

Kenya’s Seed Sector In Need of Reform, Experts Urge

Unless Kenya reforms the way it develops and distributes crop seeds, the country faces a rapidly-rising food import bill which will be unsustainable in the long term. That was the stark message presented to experts at a high-level forum for …