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Eunice Ngoki, the Queen of Arrow Roots

It was a time that many believed arrowroots could only be grown along river banks, but this was not the case for Eunice. With time, recognition of indigenous and traditional crops increased hence demand for these lost seeds rose.



It Takes Two to Tangle: How Strategic Partnerships are Facilitating Technology Transfer in Ukambani

Anthony Kioko, is the Ward Agricultural Officer (WAO) for Matungulu and Kyeleni wards in Machakos County in the new decentralised government system. In the former system, he would have been the District Agricultural Extension Officer (DAEO). Kioko first heard about the work Institute for Culture



There is Power in Numbers: How a Local Advocacy Network is Shaping Environmental Conservation

Besides the transfer of innovative agricultural farming technologies to farmers, the Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) is also involved in building the capacity of local institutions to champion the course of environmental conservation in their localities. In Machakos, it is doing this through the

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Reaping the Fruits of Working Together: How Strategic Partnerships are Helping Farmers In Tharaka Nithi Cope with the Effects of Climate Change

The first thing that strikes any visitor to the Thiiti Mothers group as odd is that there are men in the group! “The group was founded in 1989 by mothers who were then agitating against female genital mutilation but later they decided to strategically include


ICE Newsletter issue 7

We are pleased to share with you our 7th newsletter issue. This issue’s theme is “Enhancing Community-led climate change adaptation”. The issue shows ICE journey with communities towards achievement of its mission and vision. This also illustrates ICE’s tireless efforts in empowering smallholder farmers and


Early Harvest


Crop diversification for food security


Neo-colonial Occupation of Africa’s seed Systems Continues as Monsanto, Groupe Limagrain Acquire SeedCo

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is deeply concerned about the recent acquisitions by multi-national seed companies of large parts of SeedCo, one of Africa’s largest home-grown seed companies. Attracting foreign investment from the world’s largest seed companies, most of who got to their current dominant positions by devouring national seed companies and their competitors through mergers and acquisitions, is an inevitable consequence of the fierce drive to commercialise agriculture in Africa.

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