IFDC – Reclaiming Kenya’s Food Basket

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An article from IFDC explaining how The Potato Value Chain Capacity Building (PCB) project has boosted agricultural productivity in Nyandarua County.

For many years, Nyandarua County was known as Kenya’s food basket. Farms were productive, and rains were adequate, resulting in high surplus production. Sufficient land was also available for farmers to plant their crops. However, many different elements have caused Kenya’s production levels to deteriorate. Deforestation of the Aberdare Forest, monocropping, soil infertility, excessive subdivision of land due to an increase in population, use of poor or recycled seeds, increased cases of pests and diseases, a prolonged dry season, plus poorly timed planting have contributed to the yield decline that many Kenyan farmers are facing.


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