KARIBU - Welcome to Kenya
Kenya lies in east Africa, and is bordered by Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has a climate ranging from tropical to temperate largely depending on the altitude.
Kenya is one of the most industrialised countries in East Africa, yet indurstry represents only 10% of its GDP. Agriculture employs 80% of the population and accounts for 50% of all exports and 25% of the GDP. The Kenyan economy remains dependant on agriculture and periodic drought often threatens GDP growth. Traditionally tourism, tea and coffee have been the largest foreign exchange earners, but horticultural products and industrial exports such as refined petroleum are also becoming important.
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There are a wide variety of wildlife species in Kenya, whose habitats are threatened by encroachment of man. The late Michael Werikhe aka Rhino Man, pioneered Kenyan wildlife conservation. Werikhe walked thousands of miles and raised millions of dollars to fund White Rhino conservation projects.The Blue Wildebeest is currently abundant, but like other more endangered species feels the pressure of habitat reduction.
The new East African Community (EAC) was formally launched in January 2001. It has a parliament, the East African Legislative Assembly, and a secretariat in Arusha (Tanzania). A Customs Union protocol, signed in 2004, came into effect on 1 January 2005. Regional integraton remains high on the EAC's agenda with the admission of Rwanda and Burundi into the community and the ongoing negotiations for the Common Market, which was established in November 2009. As a member of IGAD (comprising Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan), Kenya has played a key mediation role in the Sudan and Somali peace talks.
Knowledge on various constraints that affect farming and livelihoods, such as health and income generation, are available. Difficulties such as plant diseases afflicting crops and livestock, diseases of human can be solved through exchange of knowledge between researchers in universities and national research institutions. However, the platform is often missing, or researchers have little capacity to repackage content in a way that it is readily used by target audience. E-RAILS platform is the opportunity that can easily facilitate this.
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), in conjunction with African Development Bank (ADB), the main sponsors of e-RAILS financed the training of e-RAILS.net platform in towards the end of the year 2011. e-RAILS is an information exchange system designed to share knowledge within African context with the aim of improving agricultural production through infusion of new knowledge into agricultural production system. The approach adopted was the creation of e-RAILS core learning teams in each country to spear-head the trainings on the use of the platform. The training conducted thus towards end of the year aimed at enabling potential generators of content in agriculture to create accounts and manage them by uploading their information and sharing their knowledge with potential clients. More than 50 accounts were created by the end of the exercise. Observation has been made and realized that a lot has been incorporated into such accounts. However, over 50% of the accounts contain little or no uploads and some are literally empty pages and with little or no evidence of any activity after the training. This prompted FARA and KARI to sponsor another round of trainings, with emphasis of uploading content to the sites. The trainings were undertaken in Ugunja, in Eldoret, Moi University and KARI Headquarters.
- The changing farning business practices: emerging diseases tackled on eRAILS platform
- Presentation: Regional Agricultural Information and Learning Systems NationalRegional Agricultural Information and Learning Systems National (Boniface Akuku)
- eRAILS Progress Report 2013
- Presentation: Genesis of eRAILS(Jacquiline Nyagahima)
- Presentation: Update on RAILS by RAILS focal point (Dr. Jack Ouda)
- Presentation:Â DONATA Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato in Kenya (P.J. Ndolo)
- Presentation: RAILS Agricultural Portal (Richard Kedemi)
- Presentation: ASARECA RAILS PROJECT in KenyaÂ (Jacquiline Nyagahima)Â
- Presentation: KAINet InitiativeÂ Teams (Richard Kedemi)
- Presentation: On using mobile phone technology FrontlinesSMS at Ugunja (Mr. C. Ogada)
- Presentation: Infronet Biovision prsentation and demo: (Ms. Anne Bruntse)
- Report: On the Regional Agricultural nfromation and Learning Systems Workshop to establish a National (Kenya) RAILS