Technologies promoted

Promotion of clean AIV seeds in western Kenya

Prepared AIV seed production manual in English and Kiswahili versions and provided technical backstopping to seed growers


Figure: AIV  Seed training manual

Promotion of production of AIVS vegetables in different areas of Kenya (Kisii, Narok, Bungoma and Kiambu)

Banana production

  • Introduced and up scaled banana varieties resistant to Race 1  and 4 of panama disease pathogen and sigatoka disease – the Cavendish bananas, tetraploid AAAB GT, FHIA 17 AAAA and FHIA 01 (Gold finger) dessert banana varieties
  • Controlled about 90% of BXW by combining various technologies i.e. breaking off male bud by hand or forked stick, tool sterilization using fire or jik 1:5 ratio with water while removing affected plants continuously. Waiting at least 3 months before replanting a destroyed BXW affected banana farm with clean planting material
  • Introduction of Medium  height Gross Michel AAA dessert banana resistant to wind damage
  • Pairing and hot water treatment to control weevil and nematode pests combined with trapping using split pseudostem
  • Promotion of use rapid multiplication of plantlets using macro-propagation technique e.g.use corms
  • Hardening and promotion of TC plants for pests and disease free, and early maturity
  • Linked the tissue culture laboratories to growers and KALRO- Kisii as source of clean planting materials (suckers).
  • A banana production guide has been produced tittled “banana Production Field Technical Guide”.
  • Introduction and promotion of high yielding and good tasting cooking banana varieties – Sialamuli, Ngombe, Nusu-Ngombe
  • Promotion of value addition and marketing of bananas, AIV, sunflower and groundnuts for improved incomes and livelihoods.
  • Linked banana producing farmers to KIRDI for production of banana crisps.
  • Innovations platforms were formed and used to disseminate BXW technologies Strengthened Farmer  Action Research Network in adoption BXW management technologies and increased productivity

Oil crops

  • Introduction of Ewing grinder machine for processing groundnuts and other crops and trained 500 farmers on their use
  • Promotion of improved oil and nut crop farming systems (Intercrop and pure stand) for improved food security and incomes
  • Introduction and promotion of market preferred groundnut varieties for improved food security and incomes. They include; ICGV12991,  CG7 and ICGV9991
  • An MOU (2014) was signed between KALRO and Homabay County ministry of trade, industrialization and cooperative to promote commercial sunflower production, processing and value addition.
  •  Introduction of Ewing grinder machine for processing groundnuts and other crops and trained 500 farmers on their use


Ground ingredients packed ready for mixing. Mixing the ingredients

Natural resource management

Natural Resource Management

  • Introduced, tested  and made recommendations on the use soil fertility improvement legumes i.e. mucuna, dolichos lab lab, crotalaria
  • Introduced soil and water conservation grasses i.e. vetiver and makarikari
  • Introduced climate smart technologies in semi arid areas in Transmara like, bracharia grass, Rhodes grass, sweet potatoes, cassava, mucuna, dolichos lab lab, napier grass and use of combination of reduced rates inorganic and organic fertilizers
  • Demonstrated and disseminated methodologies for watershed development and soil fertility management. These include; retention ditches, cut off drains, grass strips, protection of wetlands and riparian areas
  • Organized communities members living along Tende and Kibuon river catchments into 91 registered community based organization for protection of the watershed and improvement of their livelihoods through funded sub projects on; apiculture, dairy goats, aquaculture, tree nurseries, fruit trees, TCs banana, protection river banks and riparian areas and other income generation activities.
  • Linked communities in the Tende and Kibuon river catchment to other stakeholders (county government, donors, etc) and markets
  • Video documentary prepared on the subprojects funded by the Tende and Kibuon  watershed project for the protection of the two river catchments
  • Five (5) policy briefs targeting County Governments have been developed to enforce sustainable management of environment

Maize intercropped with lablab

Napier grass in Trans mara as livestock fodder