Nuru Kenya Input Issue 2017

Nuru Kenya Input Issue 2017

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The goal of Nuru Kenya’s agriculture program is to reduce food insecurity and foster a stable and sustainable economic base to prevent episodic hunger in communities, while empowering farmers to diversify their livelihoods. One of the most important elements needed to achieve this goal is timely access to seed and fertilizer for planting by Nuru farmers.

Nuru Kenya prepared for the rainfed production season by storing agriculture inputs in our warehouse located in Isebania town, Migori County, Kenya.

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The fertilizer ready for distribution to Nuru farmers in February 2017.

Nuru also assists groups of farmers in establishing locally-owned and -led cooperatives. Regular meetings are held with cooperative farmers to communicate about many issues, including the start of input distribution.

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A Nuru Kenya cooperative meeting to discuss current training and inputs.

Timely planting to align with the coming of the rains is one of the most important steps a smallholder farmer in Kenya can take to ensure they increase their yields under rainfed agricultural conditions. This farmer’s field was prepared in early February, well before the beginning of the rains, to ensure that her field was ready to plant when Nuru communicated that input distribution would begin. 

A visit from Nuru Kenya staff providing extension service on the best agronomic practices.

A visit from Nuru Kenya staff providing extension service on the best agronomic practices.

Casey Harrison

About Casey Harrison

Casey was born and raised on a farm in rural Maryland, and he has spent the past ten years working at the nexus of smallholder farming in Africa and natural resource management. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Luapula Province, Zambia (2009-11), he worked as an agricultural extension agent with the Linking Income, Food, and the Environment program. After Peace Corps, Casey received a dual M.A. in Natural Resource Management and International Affairs from American University in Washington D.C and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. From 2013 to 2016, he began working with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on mitigating the negative environmental and social impacts of agricultural production and value chains with a focus on East and Southern Africa. In his free time, Casey enjoys traveling, backpacking, biking, and live music of all kinds.

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