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There are growing global concern on the impact of pesticides on consumer health, and especially so in the traditional export markets of the European Union (EU) which has placed restrictions on certain chemicals as well as maximum residue levels (MRLs) in marketable produce. Recently the European Union the destination of horticultural products from the region, introduced stringent quality control measures to check the conformity to maximum residue limit allowed. Farmers in the region are...

Background : Eastern Africa produces huge amounts of agro-waste from agricultural activities. This waste is in many cases disposed off haphazardly contributing to pollution that result in the generation of green gases.  The waste can also be recycled to produce value add products. In the case of sisal processing only 2 per cent of the sisal plant goes into production of sisal fibre with the rest considered waste in addition to huge amounts of waste water from the...

Kenya has a thriving canning bean industry but is currently not able to meet the demand for canning beans due to lack industrial quality beans. The canning industry in the region has had one canning variety, the Mexican 142 to work with for 60 years. This variety has succumbed to diseases like rust, angular leafspot, bacterial blight and has become susceptible to drought conditions over time. In addition, there is no organized production of certified seed for the bean farmers servicing the...

Cassava, potato and sweet potato are three important cash and food crops that can provide food security and adaptation to climate change in the sub-Saharan sector. Productivity is a challenge as their lacks an efficient seed delivery system for clean planting material for smallholder farmers that are drought and disease resistant and adaptable to specific agro-ecological zones.

Achievements: Drought and disease resistant varieties of potato, sweet potato and cassava...

Sorghum and finger millet has been essential staple foods in the semi-arid tropics of Africa for centuries. Nutritionally these grains are a good source of protein and other minerals. However, productivity remains below their genetic potential due to low research investment that can address these challenges. Overall the project is looking into technologies that can minimize climate change effects, raise productivity and increase income.

Achievements : Superior lines...

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