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Kale seed multiplication schemes take off inKenya. Validated RNRRS Output

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Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Capacity Development
Type of Risk:
Biological & environmental
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk assessment

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Associated with Projects R7571, R8312 and R8439.

Smallholders in Kenya are producing healthy, good quality kale seeds thanks to a new model for sustainable multiplication. The first step was to establish the primary virus diseases responsible for crop loss. Then, researchers identified and compared new, improved varieties with resistance to the major threats to farmer varieties. They also surveyed farmer preferences to determine their preferred multiplication methods. The new model, together with a scheme for improved seed certification, has reached more than 1000 farmers, NGOs and micro-entrepreneurs. Multiplication plots are providing large batches of seed and farmers have been set up as seed producers in remote zones.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (7 pp.) taken from the CD.