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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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Growing Apples in Kenya: The Story of Wambugu

If you want a bumper harvest as a farmer, the secret is being innovative. Peter Wambugu Kago, an apple farmer from Nyeri County, can attest to this fact. Wambugu creates his own apple varieties. So far, he has created eight apple varieties, which he grows on his 20-acre farm in Ihwa village nestled between Kinunga and Ihururu Hills in Nyeri …

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Increase your maize production through good farm practices

The year 2008 marked a great turning point for Mr. Charles Boit. He quit his job as a Business Development Manager with Unilever Tea East Africa to manage his parent’s farm. The allure to return home and oversee the family agricultural enterprises was too strong and he finally had to accept that agriculture was his calling. Mr. Boit now the …

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Smallholder farmers’ guide to dairy farming as a business (Part 1)

What is a business? A business is an organization that buys or sells products or services for money. It can also be defined as an activity in which a person earns a profit from providing a service or from supplying goods. A business involves buying and selling something. The buyer wants to meet a need. He therefore pays some money …

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Youth In Agribusiness Consultation Breakfast 2016

The Youth in Agribusiness is a yearly discussion initiated by Dennis Tirop and Ivy Kimutai which was launched at the Noble Hotel & Conference Centre on 4th November 2016 to discuss how Kenyan youth can best be engaged in agriculture to promote inclusive development. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), rural youth are the …

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I studied to become a bio medical scientist but I am now a farmer

Farming in Kenya is slowly being revolutionized by graduates who are not satisfied with what formal employment has to offer. The mentality of being stuck in an office job and suffering from earning a low income is being shattered by this new group of youth. The salaries being offered in white collar jobs are too little to cater for all …

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Lessons Learnt In Hay Baling

Between reasons and excuses, I don’t know which I should use to explain, mainly to myself, why I have not posted in the hay blog since May ’16.  It is not for lack of material, especially gems of feedback from dairy farmers, horse owners, prospective commercial hay producers and experts in dairy, whom I have been privileged to host at …

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Small scale farmers not growing because of capital

The CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Ibrahim Assane Mayaki said recently during the 12th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program Partnership Platform (CAADP PP) that agriculture still remains the best sector that offers the continent escape from poverty. He said of all the challenges that Africa faces, agriculture is one that transcends and embraces all the other. …

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Indigenous milk preservation technology among the Kalenjin of Kenya

The Kalenjin community from the Rift Valley is famous for giving returning champions a drink of traditionally fermented milk known as Mursik from a colourful gourd or sotet. This article highlights the process of making the nutricious Mursik. Origin of Mursik Mursik technology originates from the Kalenjin community for whom milk is a staple diet. The community developed the unique …

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Just How Hard is Farming?

Farming is a tough job that has great potential in Kenya. However there are a lot of challenges that face small scale farmers in Kenya. Below are some of these reasons; ACCESS TO INFORMATION Information is very important in a lot of things and one of them is farming. Lack of information comes on top of my lost because once …

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