Achievements (2014 – 2018)

1

Maintains ISO/ IEC 17025 accredited Soil Laboratory

2

Sustained research on maintenance of soil productivity through organic and inorganic fertilizers in a long-term maize-bean rotation trial that was initiated in 1976

3

Analysed 44,599 samples of soils, plant tissues, fertilizers and irrigable water and gave appropriate recommendations to farmers

4

Developed and disseminated 8 Fertilizer Optimization Tools (FOTs) for 8 agro-ecological zones and 7 crops

5

Conducted land suitability assessments for multi-purpose land use planning for the high and medium potential areas of the country. About 40% of the country has been covered in 34 counties

6

Collated, harmonized and disseminated soil health research information covering over 65 years. This yielded the following:

a)

Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) Extension handbook

b)

Harmonized fertilizer recommendations for maize in Kenya

c)

Harmonized fertilizer recommendations for pulses in Kenya

d)

ISFM book of abstracts for Kenya

e)

ISFM research protocols manual for Kenya

f)

ISFM Inputs and Crop Output Markets and Market Access in Kenya

g)

Four (4) ISFM policy briefs aimed at guiding ISFM policy formulation in Kenya

h)

4 Mechanization policy briefs for formulation of a mechanization policy for Kenya

i)

The national ISFM innovations database for Kenya

 

7

Conducted participatory research on economic, social, marketing, gender, along the value chain

8

Assisted over 50 KALRO researchers and over 200 students in carrying out statistical analyses of their research work

9

Conducted numerous land suitability assessments for specific land use planning based on requests from government agencies and other clients for their farms or enterprises

10

Produced crop suitability maps at national, regional, county and catchment levels. The crops include: maize, wheat, oats, cassava, millet, sorghum, beans, sugarcane, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, cabbages, spinach, tomatoes, bananas, pyrethrum, castor bean, canola, soya bean, palm oil, and sunflower

11

Developed and released 3 MLN tolerant improved maize hybrids (i.e., KATEH16-01, KAATE16-02, and KATEH16-03)

12

Evaluated soil suitability evaluation and provided fertilizer recommendations for smallholder farmers for maize production in 44 counties of Kenya

13

Developed drip kits; namely, KALRO drum garden kits and KALRO family irrigation kits for vegetable irrigation, and KALRO orchard drip irrigation kits for tree crops

14

Supported greenhouse farmers with information on greenhouse technology. The support to farmers include: greenhouse selection, installation, water and nutrient management, crop management and post-harvest handling. A training course has also been developed in this area

15

Conducted environmental impact assessment for projects to comply with NEMA through the Land Resources and Analytical Service registered as a firm of experts. Currently the firm is conducting Environmental Impact Assessment on the proposed National Performance Trials on Bt cotton

16

Trained more than 40 fellows from about 16 African countries in application of nuclear technologies in agricultural research and drip irrigation. This is due to continued cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency

17

30 entomo-pathogenic nematodes species (insect parasitic nematodes) extracted from various regions for use as bio-control agents against targeted arthropods and some have been developed to bio-control products and currently available in the market

18

Hermetic storage technology evaluated and validated by KALRO in partnership with private sector and international research organisations for the reduction of post-harvest losses particularly on grain. Utilisation of the technology found to reduce these losses from 30% to 1%

19

Four products evaluated by KALRO against the fall armyworm in partnership with private sector and two found promising

20

Seven baseline socio-economic information generated and documented for various studies

21

Six marketing studies on markets and challenges for selected enterprises undertaken and documented

22

Six monitoring and evaluation activities undertaken and documented for recommended technologies

23

Five innovative technology transfer approaches demonstrated and utilised for enhancement of technology uptake and up-scaling

24

An inventory of the existing technologies responding to farmers' demand conducted in 13 counties

25

A number of extension and guidelines manuals developed and updated for maize, beans, sorghum, millet, green grams, pigeon peas, cowpeas, soils, climate smart agriculture/conservation agriculture, crop protection/ post-harvest and farming as a business

26

Over 1,500 Training of Trainers (e.g., extension workers and lead farmers) with County Agriculture trained

27

Over 25,000 brochures (for extension staff) and booklets (for farmers) developed and produced

28

Hosts more than 100 local Students for Industrial attachments and internships each year

29

18 book chapters and 40 papers published in peer reviewed journals every year

30

Over KES 53 million revenue generated

31

Over 50 research projects have been implemented and others are on-going