Crops

Rice

INTRODUCTION Rice locally known as mchele or mpunga (upland rice) can be irrigated, rain-fed lowland and upland. Rice is cultivated primarily for the grain. Grains are...

Groundnuts

INTRODUCTION Groundnuts originated in South America. The Portuguese took them to West Africa in the 16th century. Groundnuts are now grown in most tropical, subtropical...

Pigeon peas

INTRODUCTION Pigeon peas also referred in Swahili as mbaazi is produced as a vegetable or export grain crop in southern and eastern Africa. Pigeon pea is a perennial...

Sweet Potato

INTRODUCTION Sweet Potato locally known as Viazi vya tamu (Swahili); Makwasi (Kikamba); Mapwoni (Luyia); Ngwaci (Kikuyu) are perennial vines, with one main season whose...

Coffee

INTRODUCTION Despite its proximity to Ethiopia (widely believed to be the region from which coffee originated), coffee was not cultivated in Kenya until 1893, when...

Soya Beans

INTRODUCTION Soybean is one of the most important legumes due to its high content of protein (35-40 %) and oil (15-22 %). In sub-Saharan Africa, soybean is mostly grown...

Jatropha in Kenya

The Jatropha Curcas plant is emerging as the driver of a biofuel revolution in Kenya that could help restore the country’s degenerating environment at the same...

Tea

INTRODUCTION Tea originates from the high regions of South West China, Myanmar and North East India. In Kenya tea ranks as the second most important cash crop in terms...