BEST-EAC Project steers the process of adoption of market demanded bean varieties in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

With contribution from BEST-EAC project, Egerton University, Faida Seeds, ARI Uyole and NARO through support from CIAT produced different types of improved seed including Chelalang, Uyole 03, NABE 4, 6, 15, 16, 17, 19 and NARO Bean in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda respectively. A total of 56.6MT of seed was produced of which 4.3MT were breeder seed, 6MT were foundation seed while 46.3MT were basic seed. Out of these volumes, 10.5 tons were produced by ARI Uyole in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania (Uyole 03 sugar bean variety) targeting use by Raphael Group Ltd.
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Mother Demo with wide options of technologies established to serve as farmers’ learning sites

Demonstration plots designed to evaluate the performance of various bean varieties, soil fertility options and other agronomic practices; and to serve as farmers’ learning sites were established under the Best-EAC project during July – September 2016 period. A total of 34 (9 in Kenya, 16 in Tanzania and 9 in Uganda) mother demo plots were set up with different treatments for collective learning. From these, baby demos will be implemented by selected farmers as adaptation. The varieties to be tested in the sites were chosen based on the market demand and new varieties of same market class suitable for the area. The establishment of the demos was accompanied by integrated training on good agronomic practices and seed management.
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Using the Farmer Business School (FBS) approach to empower consortium members in financial literacy and business skills

Kilimo Trust has adopted the use of FBS approach to build the capacity of Farmer Business Organizations (FBOs) members in various aspects. To become more commercially oriented, farmers engaged in BESTEAC project have been empowered with business skills covering also financial literacy. The trainings focus on the benefit of specialization in the value chain, understanding the markets and becoming market-oriented producers, the strategies of accessing better markets, building and maintaining.....
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CARI Tanzania in a pace to facilitate Farmer Business Schools

The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) has taken another pace in conducting Farmer Business Schools in Tanzania after training another twenty eight (28) trainers of which seven (7) were women. The three weeks training held in Nala Centurion hotel-Dodoma from 10th to 27th October 2016 was conducted by Mr. Jacob Zulu, the GIZ consultant.
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Kilimo Biashara Training Program launches a new course on “Tapping into Regional Markets of Food Staples”

Kilimo Biashara Training Programme (KBTP) launched its second course focusing on “Tapping into Regional Markets of Food Staples”, from 25th to 29th July 2016 at Kilimo Trust Head Office. The five (5) day course which was sponsored by East Africa Trade Investment Hub covered: understanding markets for food commodities or food products; identifying and assessing opportunities in regional food markets; the market requirements for trading of food commodities in the EAC, and risks and mitigation measures in regional trade of food commodities.
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Towards WaLETS Project completion and dissemination of results from research

The two year WaLETS research project (2014 - 2016) that focuses on rice, maize and beans as pilot crops; aims to deliver three key research outputs namely: a) Gaps in public policy and institutional frameworks, public and private investment strategies and plans in the EAC; b) GIS database and maps on agroecosystem suitability and the optimal trade-supporting infrastructure required to support regional trade;
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