Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies, Innovations, and Management Practices for the Cassava Value Chain

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Kivuva B.
Munga T.
Woyengo V.
Bett C.
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This manual designed to equip farmers, extension workers, and stakeholders with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance cassava production in the face of climate variability and change. It provides comprehensive guidance on implementing climate-resilient farming practices, including sustainable soil management techniques, water conservation methods, and integrated pest and disease control strategies tailored specifically for cassava cultivation. Additionally, the manual offers insights into value addition opportunities, post-harvest handling techniques, and market access strategies to maximize returns on cassava production. Through practical demonstrations and participatory learning approaches, this manual aims to empower stakeholders along the cassava value chain to adopt innovative practices that not only increase productivity but also enhance resilience to climate-related challenges. This objective is to be achieved through the implementation of five key components, which are 1) Up scaling Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices, 2) Strengthening Climate-Smart Agricultural Research and Seed Systems, 3) Supporting Agro-weather, Market, Climate, and Advisory Services, 4) Project Coordination and Management and 5) Contingency Emergency Response. Component 1 involves facilitating the empowering of farmers and communities to adopt technologies, innovations and management practices (TIMPs) to achieve the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) triple-wins of; increased productivity, enhanced resilience (adaptation), and reduced Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (mitigation). Component 2 is charged with the responsibility of providing the TIMPs. Therefore, it supports the development, validation, and adoption of context specific CSA TIMPS to target beneficiaries under Components 1 and 3 as well as development of sustainable seed production and distribution systems. To catalyze uptake of TIMPs, Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in conjunction with partners in the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) and Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) compiled inventories of TIMPs for each of the 13 prioritized value chains (cassava, green grams, sorghum, millet, pigeon peas, bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, apiculture, indigenous chicken (meat and eggs), dairy (cattle and camel), red meat (cattle, sheep and goats) and aquaculture and 3 cross cutting value chains (natural resource management, pastures and fodder and animal health). The TIMPs were categorized into those ready for upscaling, those that needed validation and gaps that required further research. Training of Trainers’ (ToT) manuals focusing on TIMPs that are ready upscaling for each of the value chains were subsequently developed and form the basis of training county extension staff, service providers and lead farmers. They are in turn expected to cascade this training to beneficiaries in the targeted smallholder farming, agro-pastral and pastoral communities in the 24 project counties of Marsabit, Isiolo, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Machakos, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Kajiado, Busia, Siaya, Nyandarua, Bomet, Kericho, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kisumu.
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