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Upscaling grain amaranth project

The project is funded by EU through KARLO and implemented by Catholic Diocese of Kitui – Medical department. The aim of the project is to upscale climate smart grain amaranth technologies for food security, nutrition and income generation in Kitui County.

Project Duration: 24 months from 19th March 2020

Technologies: TerereSmart and Katumani Gold (KATGOLD)

Objectives:

  1. To promote farmer adoption of new climate smart technologies for increased production and productivity of grain amaranth value chain.
  2. To link farmers to grain amaranth commodity markets
  3. To facilitate farmer access to and use of production inputs
  4. To enhance farmer access to and derive services from financial institutions
  5. To build capacity of farmers and other stakeholders along the grain amaranth value chain.

Outputs:

  1. Farmers adopt climate smart technologies for increased production and productivity
  2. Farmers linked to commodity markets and deriving economic benefits
  3. Farmers have increased access to and use of production inputs
  4. Farmer have access to and derive services from financial institutions
  5. Farmers receive and demonstrate skills on new technologies and business development along the value chain

Coverage area: 4 sub counties – 10 Wards

Achievement

  1. 30 demo plots established and preparations for planting during October November December rains ongoing
  2. Purchase and distribute certified seeds to farmers – Procurement of 450Kgs Amaranth Certified seeds for the two verities has been done from Kalro Katumani and distribution ongoing
  3. Dissemination of amaranth information – One banner with Amaranth information procured and one radio talk held.

 

Iiani O. G Group members, Nguutani  Ward in Mwingi West participating in amaranth demo plot preparation in readiness for Oct-Dec 2020 rain season in Kitui

Figure 2: Mutethya Kathuma, Matinyani Ward in Kitui west demo plot at the final stages of preparations for grain amaranth planting in Kitui..