Nyeri Water Loss Conference Organized By WASPAThe supply of reliable and sufficient quantity and quality water is a fundamental building block for a country’s economic and social development.
Water is one of our major focus areas at Kenya Markets Trust. From time to time we facilitate and take part in events that help various stakeholders harness the resources available that can help improve our water delivery and quality.
In November of 2019 KMT, took part in the Water loss conference held in Nyeri. The conference was organized by the Water Service Providers Association(WASPA). The purpose of the conference was;
1. To allow stakeholders to undertake self-assessment of their key performance indicators.
2. For stakeholders to identify and document practices of peers.
3. To get a better understanding of the underlying processes and stimulate planning and emerging learning practices of peers.
A Call for a Livestock Identification and Traceability System for KenyaLack of a proper livestock identification and traceability system among the pastoral communities hindering Kenya's access to lucrative European Union beef market. KMT and partners conducted studies and pilot and now have a working traceability system that can be scaled. But this requires passing of the livestock identification and traceability bill into law. The Bill had passed the first and second reading in parliament before the 2017 elections were called.
Improving livelihoods through diversified agricultureBungoma Chemist is improving livelihoods in the larger Bungoma County and its environs through improved provision of quality inputs and information, and encouraging farmers to diversify their farming.
The inputs distributor partnered with the Bungoma County Government and Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) to hold a first of its kind County level agribusiness expo in Bungoma to promote climate smart agriculture, soil testing and diversification of farming for improved agricultural productivity and profitability.
The exhibition provided an open platform where over 60 diverse exhibitors showcased products and services including soil testing, liming, seeds, agrochemicals, fertilizers, drugs, irrigation technologies, farm machineries, financial services to projected 3,500 farmers. The expo will also be a great forum for exhibitors to increase awareness of their products, present new products and innovations, test their company’s competitive capability and strengthen their existing business network in Bungoma County under Bungoma Chemists Ltd.
On the side-lines of the exhibition, the partners in collaboration with kienyeji poultry processers have organized a business forum dubbed “Promoting production and marketing of kienyeji chicken”. Over 50 stakeholders drawn from the county government, poultry producers & processors, input suppliers and financial institutions are expected to participate in the forum. The objectives of the business forum will be to discuss production and marketing of kienyeji chicken featuring market access, regulations and standards; production technologies; logistics and access to finance by value chain actors.
Watch the video to learn more on the Bungoma Kilimo Expo.
Inputs Distributor Bridging Information Gap in The Agribusiness SectorSmallholders in Kenya have limited access to appropriate information on quality products, new technologies and farm support services. Inputs suppliers, on the other hand, do not have efficient systems for delivering information on products, services and new technologies to smallholder farmers. Through field days and exhibitions, input farms will fill in this gap and bring a long lasting solution.
Kenya Markets Trust supported Moiben Connections (Inputs Distributor) and Uasin Gishu County Government to hold an agribusiness expo to promote climate smart agriculture and business linkages for improved agricultural productivity and income. Watch the video to learn more.
Compliance to Maximum Residue Levels to unlock Horticulture produce exports marketsKirinyaga County is home for Horticulture farming which is a key foreign exchange earner in Kenya. Agricultural accounts for 65% of the total export earnings in Kenya with horticulture being the largest agricultural sub-sector contributing about 33% of the Agricultural GDP and 38% of export earnings
Despite this critical importance, farmers have increasingly faced a ban on their export produce due to non-compliance with maximum residue levels in the agrochemicals they use. Export markets continue to increase standards regulating chemical residue levels leading to the ban of commonly used pesticides or severe restriction of their use. This move has negatively affected export earnings.
KMT organized a business luncheon at Mwea Guest house where about 80 input subsector stakeholders deliberated on “Effects of noncompliance with Maximum Residue Levels to the horticultural sub-sector in Kirinyaga County and Kenya as a whole”. Watch the video to learn more.
Wetting the Dry Taps of MombasaThere has been a perennial water shortage in Mombasa, with informal settlements like Toa Tugawe in Kisauni most affected. These areas receive water for about two days in a week, for less than three hours each of these days.
This video documents the challenges the residents are going through, which informs our intervention in partnership with Mombasa Water and Sewerage (MOWASCO) and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP).
Providing Water to Wandiege Residents; Improving livelihoodsAccess to clean and safe drinking water is an issue in many parts of Kenya. Watch video to learn how residents of Kanyadhiang have harnessed green energy, technology, community participation and private sector investment to solve the chronic water shortage in the region.
Improving Extension Services for Increased Agricultural Production and Food SafetyWatch video on enhancing agricultural productivity and food safety through building capacity of key stakeholders in agriculture through provision of innovations and technologies in pest management and good agricultural practices.
Providing Water; restoring Smiles on the faces of Kanyadhiang Residents in Western KenyaIn Kenya, only 55% of Kenyans have access to safe drinking water and 45% of rural water systems are normally dysfunctional. Residents of Kanyathiang’ in Western Kenya have been languishing in dire safe water scarcity for years. This video shows how KMT interventions have come in to turn around the situation.
The Importance of Agricultural Lime: Evidence from Western KenyaThe productivity of every farm in Kenya is dependent on the potential of the soils in each field to grow crops.
Long term and repeated use of nitrogen-based fertilizers in the maize growing zones of Western Kenya has resulted in high soil acidity reducing farm productivity.
Recent introduction of the use of lime to reduce soil acidity has resulted in dramatic improvement in maize yield.
This video shows how farmers in Western Kenya have recorded improved productivity due to use of Agricultural Lime.
Enhancing Biopesticides use by smallholder farmers in KenyaKenya Markets Trust supported Dudutech to launch four biopesticide products to be used by smallholder farmers: Lecatech, a biological solution that is effective against whiteflies and thrips; trichotech for control of soil pathogenic fungi and a boost to crop development; beauvitech, an insecticide for the control of thrips; and mytech, that is effective killing plant parastic nematodes, are expected to fill the gaps created by banned chemical pesticides.
Bridging the information gap in Kenya's Agribusiness SectorWatch the video to learn what Kenya Markets Trust is doing to promote access to and effective use of certified agricultural inputs in Kenya.