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...

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...

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...

Cotton

INTRODUCTION Locally known as Pamba (Swahili). World wide there are about 33 million hectares of cotton crops. Until now, mostly brown, green and beige varieties had...

Sesame

INTRODUCTION Simsim or Sesame originates in East Africa and is the oldest of the commercial oil seeds. The oil is a clear edible oil with a pleasant taste and a very...

Chilli Pepper

INTRODUCTION Chili peppers originated in the Americas. Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the Americas since at least 7500 BC. PRODUCTION Varieties Long...

Water Melon

INTRODUCTION Watermelon usually locally referred as Tikiti maji (Swahili) is indigenous to the dry plains of tropical and subtropical Africa. It is one of the most...

Paw Paw

INTRODUCTION Pawpaw or Papaya is a widely cultivated fruit tree in the tropics and subtropics. It is a popular fruit in Kenya. Ripe papaya is a favourite breakfast and...