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Tharaka Nithi County

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About the Project

The project entitled “Climate smart options allowing agricultural intensification for smallholders in the dry zones of the Central Highlands of Kenya” is one of the VLIR-UOS funded project in Kenya. It is being implemented by the University of Embu in Kenya in collaboration with Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), County Government of Tharaka-Nithi and KU Leuven University in Belgium, who are the project promoters. The aim of the project is enhancing crop productivity to eradicate poverty and improve livelihood in the Central Highlands of Kenya. The approach is by simultaneously addressing soil and water conservation and soil fertility problems by integrating selected isolated approaches towards sustainable intensification of agricultural productivity in the region. The project is being implemented in the Tharaka-Nithi County, with the experimental trials in Tharaka south sub-County.

The Experimental Trials

The on-station field experimental trials were established in March 2019 in Nkarini Mixed Day Secondary School in Tharaka Sub-County, Tharaka-Nithi County. The on-station trails were to assess the integrated

Technologies Being Implemented

The technologies under investigation is an integration of soil fertility and soil and water conservation practices. Soil fertility inputs include mineral fertilizer and animal manure at different rate, while soil and

Various Community Engagement

With the ultimate objective of eradicating poverty and enhancing livelihood in the dryland region, the project engages farmers in various forums. An exploratory survey within the community was done to understand the way of



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