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Do you have what it takes to become a farm apprentice?

Graduate Farmer offers an opportunity for young men and women interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture in Kenya to learn through hands-on experience, instruction and support from mentor farmers. It’s never easy to start your own farm even if you have all the capital, land and resources at your disposal. You need to learn from the …

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Different Types of Irrigation Systems

Irrigation systems are often designed to maximize efficiency & minimize labour & capital requirements. There are three broad classes of irrigation system: Pressurized distribution. Gravity flow distribution. Drainage flow distribution. Pressurized distribution The pressurized systems include sprinkler, trickle, in which water is conveyed to & distributed over the fields through pressurized pipe networks. Gravity flow distribution This system conveys & …

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Learn More About Our Training Programs

On Farm Training Program Many people in Kenya are nowadays trying to multi-task between their formal jobs and farming. These people are today known as “Urban Farmers or Telephone Farmers”. They are people who work in the town and cities and send their investments back to the rural areas or their farms for developments. However, they face a lot of …

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Soil Conservation Techniques

Soil acts as an engineering medium, a habitat for soil organisms, a recycling system for nutrients and organic wastes, a regulator of water quality, a modifier of atmospheric composition, and a medium for plant growth, in other terms one of the world’s best providers of ecosystem service. The importance of soil conservation is relatively less talked about as compared to conservation …

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Beef Production Systems Practiced in Kenya

The beef production systems practiced in Kenya includes Nomadic Pastoralism Ranching Agro-pastoralism Feedlot system Nomadic Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism involves a seasonal pattern of movement around a more or less regular pattern. It is the most environmentally sustainable livelihood in the arid and semi arid areas. This system is practiced predominantly in Northern Kenya and southern rangelands. Ranching Ranching is a …

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Learn about the Uwezo Fund and Eligibility

Kenya’s Vision 2030 aims to create a socially just and equitable society without extreme poverty and hence puts Social Equity and Poverty Reduction as one of the main development agendas. This is as a result of the existing unequal and inequitable society on many fronts.Inequity in entitlement to political, civil and human rights, and large disparities in income and access …

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Benefits of a drip irrigation system

Drip irrigation systems have many benefits to farmers in Kenya, such as being environment friendly, cost effective, provide a higher success rate and promote healthier plants.  Below are even more benefits that drip irrigation can bring to farmers in Kenya: Root Zone: Your plants need water at their roots, and a drip irrigation system combined with a timer enables you …

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Reaching Women and Youth: AFA Annual Learning Event

On Monday 6th December 2016, Graduate Farmer’s Founder and Managing Director Joseph Boit had an opportunity to be a panelist in a workshop on Reaching Youth and Women to empower them through agriculture. The workshop was part of a learning platform to share insights and learn about providing digital financial and information services to smallholder farmers. AgriFin Accelerate, a development …

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Improve Your Local Breed To Get a Superior Dairy Cow Through Artificial Insemination (AI)

A month ago I visited one of my farmers; Mama Kaburu in Kibuku, Ngong. She is a hard working farmer with a mixed herd of boran cattle and friesian crosses for milk production. Mama Kabura, apart from being my client we worship together at St Anne’s Catholic Church, Kibiku and she is also our St Monica Jumuiya chair lady. With …

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