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UK Research and Innovations (2016)

Improving consistency of yields and quality of large-scale and small-holder bean production in Kenya by precision management of soil, water and pathogens

Yields Bean Kenya

Titre : Improving consistency of yields and quality of large-scale and small-holder bean production in Kenya by precision management of soil, water and pathogens

Pays/Région : Kenya

Durée : sept. 16 - sept. 19

Référence projet : 102647
Catégorie : BIS-Funded Programmes

Résumé
Delivering consistent supplies of high quality fresh produce is a significant challenge for Kenya’s freshveg. growers. Yields of beans range from 5 to 50T/ha and up to 40% of produce is of poor quality, due to ineffective irrigation and soil-borne diseases. A 12% increase in average yield and a 20% reduction in waste would raise Class 1 yields by 978T/year ; this would generate an extra £3.2M/year, increase food security and improve soil management practices. We will : 1) Develop irrigation scheduling tools to improve consistency of cropping ; 2) Identify effects of biocontrol agents on soil pathogens and soil microbiome 3) Determine effects of soil water availability on incidence and severity soil pathogens and efficacy of biocontrol agents ; 4) Develop integrated control measures to improve Class 1 yields, quality and shelf-life ; 5) Promote benefits of precision irrigation and biocontrol at workshops/on-farm demos ; 6) Assess social and economic impacts of outputs and implement sustainability improvement plans.

Lead Research Organisation : Provenance Partners Limited

Financement : Innovate UK
Budget  : £550 480

UK Research and Innovations

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