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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, KARLO and UoN are conducting field assessments on: i) the impacts of organic and inorganic fertilizers on the performance of Neglected/ Underutilized crop maize species and ii) the effect of rotating maize, finger millet and sorghum with groundnut on crop yield and soil fertility status. 

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 research activities concerning the post-harvest techniques are related to safe storage of harvest staple cereals, legumes and groundnuts to avoid spoilage or pest damage. In order to study sustainable solutions for the post-harvest management, experiments were conducted. In Particular:


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

  2. Experiment on pre and post-harvest technologies-peanut.

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 University of Nairobi

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