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UK Research and Innovations (2020)

Leveraging remote sensing and ICT to facilitate yield maximisation, structured trading and inclusive value chain participation for smallholder staple grain farmers in Kenya

Staple Grain Yield Kenya

Titre : Leveraging remote sensing and ICT to facilitate yield maximisation, structured trading and inclusive value chain participation for smallholder staple grain farmers in Kenya

Pays/Région : Kenya

Durée : août 20 - févr. 22

Référence projet : 47972
Catégorie : Feasibility Studies

Résumé partiel
Finger millet grain is a super-food, containing at least 9% protein and a good balance of amino acids. It is an excellent dietary source of calcium, iron, manganese, and methionine, an amino acid lacking in the diets of hundreds of millions of poor who live on starchy foods such as cassava, plantain, polished rice and maize meal. It is a versatile foodstuff used as whole, cracked, or ground flour ; a dough ; or a grain like rice. It is favoured by and recommended to breastfeeding mothers, given its high calcium and iron content and is often fortified with other grain as a supplementary food for infants. As such, there is high demand for millet flour outstripping production across the country.

Over the last decade, consumption in Kenya has stagnated at 6kg/head, mostly owing to declining production. Additionally, yields have declined to a lowly 200kg/acre against a potential of 1,500-3000kg/acre, while unreliable supplies have led to the loss of interest by millers. This project seeks to introduce finger millet as a cash crop for farmers in marginal agricultural areas during the long rain season, and a rotation crop such as soybean, groundnut, or sesame in the short rain season, to maximise yield and allow farmers to operate beyond subsistence.

We will provide farmers with critical support including access to inputs, agronomic support, data driven advice and mechanisation through a purpose-built precision farming platform. Additionally, USOMI, through use of forward contracting, will guarantee the purchase of the whole crop obtained. We already have market for the finger millet and must increase yield to sustain supplies.

Lead Participants : Agri-Epi Centre Limited

Financement : Innovate UK
Budget  : £329 467

UK Research and Innovations

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