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Ministry denies plotting to sell NCWSC, as strike in 3rd week

Posted: 14-07-2017 | by: JULIUS OTIENO

The Ministry of Water yesterday distanced itself from a planned sale of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company. Water Principal Secretary Fred Sigor said the planned privatisation of the company that supplies water to city residents was not initiated by the ministry.

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City Hall under pressure to shelve alleged Nairobi Water Company sale plan

Posted: 11-07-2017 | by: JULIUS OTIENO

City Hall and the Board of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company are under pressure to drop the alleged plan to sell the state corporation. The county assembly has kicked off the investigations into claims the county government wants to sell the water company to a French firm. On Monday, Kilimani Residents Association petitioned the Water and Sanitation Committee, which was recalled by Speaker Alex Magelo to probe the claim. The MCAs are expected to rein in the executive to shelve the sale plan.

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Time to stand up for farmers rights.

Posted: 23-06-2017 | by: Gatu Mbaria

As we listen to their election campaign promises, it should not be lost on us that though our leaders keep talking about our welfare, they seem to be getting briefs from other vested interests instead of we, the people who actually employ them. To drive this point home, I wish to refer my fellow Kenyans to several agricultural laws that were enacted by the outgoing MPs, who are now all over the place seeking our votes.

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Farmers using ash and sand to tame army worms spread

Posted: 12-06-2017 | by: Sarah Otieno

A section of farmers in Nakuru have resorted to traditional methods of dealing with army worms, a deadly pest that has invaded large swathes of land, causing devastation to farmers. John Sialo, who owns a five-acre land in Rongai, told The Standard that he uses ash and sand to control breeding and finally kill the worms. According to Mr Sialo, the method has helped control invasion in his farm and in his children's farms.

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FAO warns of virus that could wipe out tilapia

Posted: 31-05-2017 | by: JOHN MUCHANGI

A highly infectious disease that could decimate the population of Tilapia, one of Kenya’s most popular fish, has broken out.

Experts from the Food and Agricultural Organisation said the disease has not reached Kenya, but has been confirmed in Egypt and should be taken seriously.

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How poison in maize, milk is causing cancer, infertility.

Posted: 31-05-2017 | by: Gatonye Gathura

Researchers have made a startling discovery about the food available in Nairobi’s retail markets.

Studies by the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in October last year showed that the milk, maize, and sorghum on sale in many retail outlets contain aflatoxin, a poison produced by mould found in food.

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Ambitious, SMART commitments to address NCDs, overweight and obesity

Posted: 23-05-2017 | by:

Make the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition count for all forms of malnutrition

A third of the world’s population are affected by one or multiple forms of malnutrition (overweight & obesity and undernutrition): 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese, while 800 million people remain chronically undernourished. The global economic impact of obesity is estimated at $2 trillion a year.

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Student shows that wild pepper can treat diabetes.

Posted: 22-05-2017 | by: Gatonye Gathura

An undergraduate student at Kenyatta University has successfully treated diabetic mice with a herbal extract from wild pepper.

The development is crucial because it provides scientific evidence of the plant’s effectiveness in treating diabetes.

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Ethiopia: Dams, Plantations a Threat to Kenyans

Posted: 30-03-2017 | by:

Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today.Based on publicly available data from the United States Department of Agriculture, Lake Turkana’s water levels have dropped by approximately 1.5 meters since January 2015, and further reduction is likely without urgent efforts to mitigate the impact of Ethiopia’s actions.

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Miracle Seeds or Seeds of shame?

Posted: 17-03-2017 | by: Gachie Gituanja

The onus of food insecurity has generally been on increasing production of certain crops varieties such as maize, wheat and potatoes. The diversity within these varieties has been lost as research turns towards more uniform and stable seeds. This approach to food insecurity is a perfect breeding ground to corporate controlled agriculture, Monocultures, farming of commodities and the NPK mentality.

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Traditional farming practices and indigenous seeds are a valuable cultural heritage needing protection

Posted: 15-03-2017 | by: Growth Partners Africa

Jonah, my grandfather, has lived on his fifteen-acre farm in central Kenya for close to 8 decades. Every morning, Jonah takes a tour around his farm checking on its progress. He is well educated and has good command of English and Swahili languages. His favorite form of entertainment is the radio. He raised his five children through income generated from the farming activities.

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