KARI Katumani Research Centre Annual Report 2007

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2007
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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Ministry of Agriculture
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The role of arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) to the economic development of our nation cannot be overemphasized. ASALs account for about 80% of Kenya's landmass and currently support 35% of our population; this figure is bound to increase given the current population growth rate of 3%, and anticipated total population of more than 46 million by the year 2013. Further, they carry over 60% of the country's livestock resources. However, despite their enormous agricultural potential, development in these regions has lagged behind the rest of the country due to low productivity occasioned by fragile ecosystems, persistent climatic variability and poor soils. There is urgent need to address these constraints and unlock the huge unexploited potential in these areas.
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