This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project titles: R8219: Improved access to appropriate farm
inputs for integrated maize crop management by small-scale farmers in
Embu and Kirinyaga Districts, Kenya and R8455: Improved access to
appropriate farm inputs for integrated maize crop management by
small-scale farmers in Kenya and Tanzania.
Farmers in Kenya growing mixed maize-bean systems are using improved
fertilisers, diseasetolerant maize varieties and early-maturing bean
varieties to increase the productivity of their crops; herbicides are
helping to protect crops, reduce women's labour (weeding) and conserve
soil; and Farmer Field Schools are promoting the new methods. Farmers
are also using an affordable, lightweight chisel plough to break up the
hard soil ('soil pans') that results from years of shallow cultivation
with hand implements or disc ploughs. Soil pans make it hard for crops
to take root and for rainwater to penetrate the earth. Consequently,
crops do not achieve their yield potential and are more susceptible to
drought, and soils have high potential for erosion.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP12, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 10.