Upscaling Sustainable Intensification Options for Smallholder Maize Based Farming Systems in Kenya

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2018-03
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Esilaba, A. et al.
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Maize (Zea mays L.) is a major staple food in Kenya. -Maize is used as food, feed for animals and as a source of industrial raw material. -Maize is grown mostly by small-scale farmers under rainfed conditions mainly for human consumption in Kenya. -According to FAO’s 2008 estimates, average national yields in sub-Saharan Africa are only about 1.4 tons per hectare (t/ha)as compared to the world average of 5.1 t/ha -Low yields in Kenya can be attributed to a variety of factors: Poor soil fertility, The use of low quality seeds, Poor crop husbandry practices such as late planting, poor weed management, pest and diseases (e.g. stem borers) and the Striga weed High postharvest losses and Soil moisture stress.
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Esilaba, A. et al. (2018, March 25-29). Upscaling Sustainable Intensification Options for Smallholder Maize Based Farming Systems in Kenya. [Powerpoint presentation]. Maize Breeders, Agronomists, Postharvest, and Crop Health Meeting, KALRO-Naivasha.
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