About KASAL Program/Project (in context of Katumani center)
KARI-Katumani is situated in semi-arid areas. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in these areas. Farmers practice mixed dryland farming systems. However, the production systems are constrained by low, unreliable and poorly distributed rainfall. The areas receive annual rainfall between 500 to 800 millimeters. Degraded soils and socio-economic factors are other factors limiting production in these areas.

The overall goal of KASAL programme is poverty reduction in ASAL through substantial and sustainable improvements in rural livelihoods and the intermediate goal is increased agricultural production and productivity in ASAL. The programme purpose is to generate and validate agricultural knowledge and technologies for ASAL through KARI-led research for development

The primary outcome of KASAL programme in KARI-Katumani mandate areas is increased farm productivity in mixed dryland farming systems. The priority areas are; improved management of soil and water resources, aiming not only at conserving the natural resource base but also, and even more important, at increasing its productive capacity, integrating the crop, livestock and tree/shrub components of the farming systems to optimize the economic and biophysical potential of farms and diversifying and adding value to the agricultural produce and identifying market opportunities.


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