Crops

Sugarcane

INTRODUCTION Sugarcane provides over 50% of the world’s sugar requirements. It can grow in any country where it is not exposed to frost. The main product of...

Pumpkins

INTRODUCTION Pumpkin, locally known as Budho (Luo), Malenge (Kiwahili), Lisiebebe (Luhya), Marenge (Kikuyu), Risoa (Kisii), Ulenge (Kamba) are native to North America....

Yam

INTRODUCTION White yam or Water yam or Greater yam is native to Southeast Asia and West Africa contributes 90% of yam production in the world. Elsewhere in Africa, the...

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...