Farm ponds offer a unique integrated solution for Kitui County, Kenya

Farm ponds are quickly emerging as novel hubs for integrated, climate-smart technologies promoted through the Drylands Development programme in the vast semi-arid landscapes of Kitui County in eastern Kenya Water shortage occasioned by prolonged drought has been a...

Agroforestry with refugees in Uganda: overwhelming demand and a huge desire to plant

Developing agroforestry models for refugees and host communities to meet their energy, construction and food needs. “There is space for trees in refugee settlements,” Clement Okia told officials, NGOs, donors and UN agencies on 30 June 2018, as...

Breeding success: Bunmi Olasanmi and the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy

  Growing a food-secure future for Africa is the aim of the University of California at Davis African Plant Breeding Academy. Bunmi Olasanmi is the first in a series of success stories.   By Bunmi Olasanmi   I...

Women in Kenya improve their families’ food security through simple land-restoration technology

Despite challenges from both the land and society, women in Kenya are taking control of their farms, with impressive results. Following a previous article on the topic, we delve deeper into a farming technique that is alleviating food...

Explaining the complex: putting the best available evidence into the hands of decision makers

Researchers are co-developing ways of ensuring scientific data and information is useable by the people who need it. We all know the basic concept of supply and demand in economics, which makes sense in most settings: the more...

A pick and a spade may triple farmers’ yields in the Kenyan drylands

A simple farming technique is proving effective in staving off food shortages in Kenya The female farmers of Makueni County in southeastern Kenya rarely expect to triumph over their parched, unpropitious soils. A pick, a spade and a...

SHARED knowledge to promote sustainable woodfuel

Workshops in Tanzania to better understand the context of woodfuel (charcoal and firewood) systems and plan for sustainable interventions brought together communities, governments, NGOs and businesses in three regions. We have just returned from Tanzania where we witnessed...