Author - Ben Ilakut

From 1 to 3 tons: How Certified Seed Transformed Rwandan Farmers’ Potato Harvest

By Ambrose Aheisibwe (SDGC/A), Aloys Musabyisoni (RAB) and Joshua Okonya (ASARECA) My name is Faustin Ntankazarimana, and I chair the Haguka Mudende Innovation Platform (IP) in Mudende, Rubavu district, Rwanda. In 2022, our platform faced challenges, with sporadic meetings and dwindling membership.  Members rarely met, and as a result, some had...

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ASARECA, CIHEAM Bari, Water Land Resources Centre train Ethiopian farmers in selection of Agricultural Best Management Practices

BY BEN MOSES ILAKUT & MOSES ODEKE BAHIR DAR, ETHIOPIA: ASARECA, and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies-Institute of Bari (CIHEAM Bari) on April 19-20, 2024, joined Ethiopian partners, Water and Land Resources Centre in a follow-up training and selection of possible BMP scenarios workshop targeting farming communities in...

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ASARECA Ministers’ Chair, Hon. Mithika Vows to Kick-start Construction of ASARECA Building  

BY BEN MOSES ILAKUT Dr. Enock Warinda (R) shows Hon. Mithika Linturi around the site for the planned ASARECA Headquarters’ building in Entebbe on April 4, 2024 ENTEBBE, UGANDA: “I will mobilise my colleagues, the Agriculture Ministers to ensure that ASARECA gets a befitting home.” These were the words of Hon. Mithika...

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ASARECA Ministers’ Chair, Hon. Mithika rallies States to establish Agriculture Innovation Fund

BY BEN MOSES ILAKUT (L-R) Dr. Denis Onkundi, Mithika’s Technical Advisor; Ms Doris Komen, Commercial Attaché, Kenya High Commission in Uganda, Hon. Mithika Linturi; Mr. Richard Mutwota, First Counsellor, Kenya High Commission in Uganda (immediate right to Dr. Mithika on back row); Dr. Enock Warinda; Dr. Wellington Mulinge of the Kenya...

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Agriculture Ministers Commit to Clear USD 2 Million Arrears to Finance Joint Initiatives

BY BEN MOSES ILAKUT NAIROBI, KENYA: Agriculture Line Ministers from 15 ASARECA Member States on February 15, 2024 committed to establish, support and finance a Regional Innovation Fund to resource Regional Mega-Priority Projects and Regional Centres of Excellence implemented by the Member States and Coordinated by the ASARECA Secretariat. The commitment came...

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ASARECA Agriculture Ministers hold 3rd ASARECA Council of Patron Ministers’ Meeting in Kenya

 BY BEN MOSES ILAKUT NAIROBI, KENYA: Agriculture Line Ministers from 15 ASARECA Member States have held the 3rd ASARECA Council of Patron Ministers (3rd CPM) Meeting in Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi. The Meeting of the highest Governing Organ of the Association with a clear mandate to provide guidance to ASARECA on regional and...

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Kenya to Host 3rd ASARECA Council of Patron Ministers’ Meeting

                                  BY BEN MOSES ILAKUT NAIROBI, KENYA: The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, the Republic of Kenya in collaboration with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) will hold the 3rd ASARECA Council of Patron Ministers Meeting on February 15, 2024 at Safari Park Hotel in...

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ASARECA, KALRO train farmers in Machakos, Kenya to adapt to the effects of Climate Change

The participants acquired practical skills on CSA technologies including establishing cone gardens for vegetable production and space maximization as well making bio-pesticides for controlling pests and diseases in an environmentally friendly manner that reduces climate related risks. Members of the Green Shade Women's Group in Machakos, Kenya prepare to demonstrate skills...

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