Tracking the Scent

Tracking the Scent

16 February 2015 » Tracking the Scent

Photo Credit: FlickrEver wondered how persons with hearing impairment make it through most of the church sessions which mostly are speech dominated?Well,these thoughts had never crossed my mind until a few weeks ago when i happened to attend a Mid morning Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Adams  I was taken aback by the presence of interpreters serving a congregation of close to 50 persons who had hearing impairment.  Truth be told, this was the first time it hit me so hard of how many of...

22 July 2014 » Tracking the Scent

Its a hot Monday afternoon. Am seated at the German Embassy lobby. Time seems to be dragging away so slowly.Once in while i start a conversation with the people gathered there, mostly  Kenyans and Germans.We are all waiting for the clock to tick 2.30 p.m so that we can  be ushered in for our visa applications. Normally,this is the day reserved for frequent travelers to submit their applications. Am lucky to be one of them as i had two weeks ago mistaken my application date to be on a Thursday...

13 July 2014 » Tracking the Scent

Photo courtesy :  Steve Rhodes, FlickrWe all know that science is hard. Mastery of any new technology is the result of thousands of failures. If we didn’t try and fail so many times, we wouldn’t have things like smartphones, cars, or the Internet.I used to make the same argument in favor of Genetically Modified Organisms. They were just another technology that we should strive to perfect. We’d work through the bumps and eventually create an abundance of healthy food for all. But I was wrong....

07 March 2014 » Tracking the Scent

That's the message that bombarded my Twitter timeline a week ago under the hashtag, #DoAgric . And as requested, i stopped whatever office work i was doing and instead of heading to a farm, i clicked on the hashtag to get an idea of what was going on with this hashtag that had bombarded my timeline on a Monday, January 29th ,2014.It didn't take me long to realize that ONE.org a  civil society organization, had created a campaign dubbed "Do Agric, It pays"  in a bid to push African governments...

30 January 2014 » Tracking the Scent

When the word Aflatoxin is mentioned what courses through your mind? For many Kenyans, they will relate it  to some massive deaths that occured on the Eastern part of Kenya after the residents consumed aflatoxin exposed maize. The condition is what scientists refer to as aflatoxicosis. Word is, for an average Kenyan, the levels of aflatoxins intoxication has been on the rise, with major contributors to the same being consumption of dairy and meat products from the farms.So in the real essence,...

12 January 2014 » Tracking the Scent

Toki Oshima Potryal of  Family centered farmingIf you've been going through most of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO)  repository from last week of November 2013, you will notice the continued appearance of IYFF or as its called the International Year of Family Farming. Which in turn makes you wonder,what does family farming entail and  why did they  FAO designate 2014 to be the year of family farming?Picture this hypothetical scenario.Mary* lives on a 5 acre farm together with...

08 January 2014 » Tracking the Scent

Source:SheilaOnce in a while, i do snoop around my friends Facebook walls to keep up with the ongoing trends and news and i couldn't help notice this post that caught my attention. It through Sheila Komen's  wall that i realized AU had designated 2014 to be the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa.This is with the aim of addressing the looming problems that African agriculture faces. Going through the post and the subsequent comments stirred some thinking in me and i thought it wise...

07 January 2014 » Tracking the Scent

Dear Agricultural students,"Go to the University and get yourself a degree.Be grateful that you got a chance to be part of the team" . This is just one of the many statements you will encounter in your path to learning that agricultural course . Its these statements that will make you feel awful as to why you didn't get that Medicine position that you so hoped to and what you never thought of choosing during the JAB selection process turns out to be what you get. Now this is what happens....

16 December 2013 » Tracking the Scent

The only way to lure more youths in agriculture is by making it more "sexy" is a statement that has been repeatedly said to the point it was no shocker when the office of the deputy president went ahead and shared their thoughts on twitter concerning the sameThe youth must bring in their swag into agriculture in order to accelerate our economic growth.— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) December 4, 2013The question that constantly lingers in my mind is, will the use of such words/ expressions...

26 November 2013 » Tracking the Scent

Photo: Development HorizonsChild malnutrition remains a big problem for children in Kwale County and despite the statistics on the same lacking, areas like Kinango, Samburu and Gandini seems worst hit. Poor nutrition affects both the physical and  intellectual development of the child concerned. By malnutrition in this case, i look at the lack of vital vitamin and mineral nutrients in a diet as opposed to the Protein-energy malnutrition. Read more on the difference here Having worked in the...

22 November 2013 » Tracking the Scent

Ever since i was a young child, i had a preference for attending Agricultural Society of Kenya  shows which for then meant i had more time to play with the scary swings. As age caught up with me, my preferences shifted to attending shows to learn a thing or two about best agricultural practices. It was my money on the line so it had to bring forth new results. I used to accompany my dad and we would both tour round the country and see what other farmers had to show.Unfortunately with time, i...

21 November 2013 » Tracking the Scent

A demonstrator during the G20 meetingIts almost three months since i moved from Mombasa to Nairobi. Well such a shift calls for so many adjustments bearing that Nairobi's life is more fast and crazy compared to the Mombasa one. Not to be spared the hustle and bustle is my search for land, a small piece of it to practice my  farming in the city.You see one of my former farming friends who i met online and started off a project in Nairobi with has already progressed in her herbs business that...

06 November 2013 » Tracking the Scent

Photo Credit: @Farming_bants As the whole world got round to celebrating  the World Food Day week, groups gathered everywhere from the global movements,to regional, national and even local levels to celebrate the progress they had achieved in reducing the effects of the never ending problem of hunger and poverty and the subsequent challenges encountered on the same journey. The World Food Day celebration designated by FAO for October 16 targets to increase awareness of the problem of hunger  in...

16 October 2013 » Tracking the Scent

“The future is already here- its just not evenly distributed” reads a William Gibson quote on the Social Media Handbook for Agricultural Development Practitioners and one previously extracted from The Economist , December 4th 2003Its one quote that well applies to the world of social media, a field that is constantly evolving with each passing day. And with agriculture being a very vital sector for the global population, it becomes paramount for it to adjust to the changing world.The handbook,...

18 September 2013 » Tracking the Scent

Photo Credit: Photocase.comI am an ardent conference attendant, agricultural related ones to be specific. It’s more of a habit I developed way back in campus as an avenue for bringing to practice the theory I learnt in class. Of late, I have developed a liking for those whose focus is geared towards that overly famous term Food Security.  I call it famous because if you do a major keyword search on it, it ranks highest where agricultural matters persist.  And just like Technology makes Africa...

14 August 2013 » Tracking the Scent

SecureNutrition along with GAIN and Save the Children are partnering to create the Harvesting Nutrition contest, which aims to showcase projects from around the globe that have bridged gaps between agriculture, food security, and nutrition. There is currently considerable momentum to bring the agriculture, food security, and nutrition agendas closer together so that investments in one will have positive impacts on the other. More and more stakeholders - big and small - are prioritizing...

12 August 2013 » Tracking the Scent

The lab grown burger.Photo Courtesy AFPA month ago, i had a chance of being part of an agricultural conference whose major themes were etched on how Africa can realize the elusive goal of food security. Of particular interest, was the keynote address by one of the speakers during the Youth, Education and Farming session. She teased that with the static trend of many youths not having an interest in agriculture coupled with the dire need to feed a growing population, in the near future, food...

18 July 2013 » Tracking the Scent

Goats loitering outside one of Equity Bank branches.Whenever you pry in to the the world of agricultural publications, two major keywords stand out from the rest. Technology and smallholder farmers. Technology in this case being any creation/idea that makes life easier in a more efficient way. This could be low cost tech or non tech innovation with a potential for replication in other areas be it in the area of improved seeds variety,facilitating access to farm inputs,provision of better ways...

08 July 2013 » Tracking the Scent

A Section of some of the participantsKwale Arts Troupe is a very active youth group that uses arts/acting to pass various messages to the community. They have been in active collaboration with Plan International Kwale WASH program and the Ministry of Health especially on issues of reproductive health.Just recently they produced a movie called KIZA and even performed a poem during this year's Madaraka Day. Looking at the potential they have and the data I got from them during the APPR process, I...

28 June 2013 » Tracking the Scent

Deadline: 20 July 2013.Farm Africa is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) that works in remote and resource-poor rural areas in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural Africa.Their vision is a prosperous rural Africa. We reduce poverty permanently by unleashing African farmers’ abilities to grow their incomes and manage their natural resources sustainably. We work with farmers, pastoralists, agro–pastoralists,...

19 June 2013 » Tracking the Scent

“An empty stomach is not a good political adviser” read the Albert Einstein quote brought to twitter by Calestous Juma who participated remotely often giving his thoughts on the ever elusive discussion on food security in Africa . Africa has been a recipient of many interventions aimed at improving the status of food security and while some of them have worked,  hunger remains a reality for many people in the continent. In trying to understand the lurking issues in food security and how they...

22 May 2013 » Tracking the Scent

For the Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium 2013One of the panelist: Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro,“Finally! Finally! Finally! ” Cries a woman. “Nutrition is now part of Food security discussions “ She continues. Later on we come to discover she is no other than Prof Ruth Oniang one of the panelist at the Agriculture and health nexus discussion panel at the Chicago Council Global Food security symposium 2013 and a founding CEO of Rural outreach Africa and African Journal of Food,...

22 April 2013 » Tracking the Scent

The tomato seedlingsGrowing vegetables has been a hobby for many and one Andrew Kyuvi is no exception. For as long as he can remember he loved practicing it at his parents’ backyard with Kales (Sukuma Wiki) being his comfort zone as far as family consumption is concerned. Putting the hobby to commercial practice was his weakest part. He happened to attend a motivating seminar at a local church where the speaker talked of converting liabilities to assets. After considerable thinking, he decided...

24 March 2013 » Tracking the Scent

Blog post by  Dr. Jennifer Leavy  a researcher at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.Conducting greenhouses checks in Mombasa :Photo Courtesy Emmie In the contemporary context of profound and significant global change, youth unemployment levels have hit historic highs (ILO, 2012a,b,c; OECD, 2012)[1], and despite improved undernourishment estimates in the two decades to 2007, one in eight people suffered chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012 - one in four in sub...

18 March 2013 » Tracking the Scent

Dear Readers Thank You Photo:Courtesy Navjot SharmaIts been almost 17 months since i created this blog and set out on a course to bridge the information gap surrounding agriculture, research and use of new and upcoming ICTs focusing on agriculture. Many a things , both nice and challenging have occured which has only made this blogging journey worth continuing. Your presence as evidenced by everyday s traffic rise, comments, and constant sharing of the posts in other social media channels has...

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