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carried out

NUS identified:

Integrated soil fertility management strategies

Agri-livestock integrated management

Traditional Knowledge

Post-harvest management strategies to avoid mycotoxin contamination

  1. University of Nairobi

  2. KALRO (Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization)




Focus on disease resistance and aflatoxin prevention

Research on:

  • Improved varieties of peanuts and sorghum – identification of the most performing ones.

  • Peanut and crop rotation.

  • Organic fertilizers and traditional practices.

  • Storage and post-management strategies (PICs bags). 


KALRO (Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization)

Focus on groundnut diseases prevention, fertility improvement and storage management.

  Research on:

  • Groundnuts, finger millet and sorghum rotation.

  • Cultural practices against peanut diseases.

  • Inorganic fertilizers and poultry manure.

  • Storage and post-management strategies (PICs bags).


  1. Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana)

  2. Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor ssp. bicolor)


  1. Groundnuts (Arachis hypogaea)

  2. Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor ssp. bicolor)




  1. Identification of the best cultural practices. 


A series of Surveys has been deployed to Kenyan ​farmers to trace a general characterization of the farming systems in the project study areas and to draw a general overview of the current level of adoption of sustainable soil management practices. University of Nairobi has focused their activity on Land Recovery, and they are the WP Leader of the sub-task on Sustainable Soil Management.



In Kenya, the goal about Sustainable Soil Fertility was to improve soil fertility by rotating cereal crops with legumes (groundnut).

KARLO and UoN tested the following activities in the field of Sustainable Soil Management

  1. field assessment of the impacts of organic and inorganic fertilizers on the performance of Neglected/Underutilized crop maize species

  2. evaulation of the effect of rotating maize, finger millet and sorghum with groundnut on crop yield and soil fertility status. The aim of this experiment was Soil fertility improvement through rotation of cereal crops with legumes (groundnut).

During the 2020, 2021 and 2022, different awareness and capacity building events were planned to selected farms, involve farmers in the project objectives, to discuss about the pre-harvest technology for harvesting and drying technologies.

Livestock feeding is an essential component for the completion of the human food chain. Considering the lack of sufficient feed resources available for this productive sector, it is fundamental to redesign and carry out within the FFRUs an integrated research of both livestock and agricultural productions embedding of suggestions coming from traditional knowledge (harvesting of cereals and grazing). For these reasons, a series of surveys has been conducted in the FFRUs to investigate if a new “Integrated Agricultural Approach” could be possible within the SI framework.

In order to identify and enhance a range of best practices used by farmers on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) and in order to allow comparisons and connections among different African countries, as a first step, a farmer survey was conducted in the project study areas. In this sub-task a validation of indigenous knowledge practices on crop protection with farmers in experimentation trials is foreseen.


The University of Nairobi is involved in testing different technological packages concerning the development of effective pre and post- harvest management strategies to avoid mycotoxin contamination in stored food and feed. 

Research activities: 

  1. use of Aflasafe KE01 for management of mycotoxins in maize, finger millet and groundnuts in western Kenya

  2. training farmers on pre- and postharvest technologies-peanut

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