KARI _Embu Annual Report 2008

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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute's (KARl) Research Centre, Embu has a long history dating back to the 1950s when it was first established as a General Investigation Centre. The centre covers 8 administrative districts around Mt Kenya with a diversity of agro-climatic conditions; the districts are Embu, Mbeere, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Meru North, Meru Central, Meru South, and Tharaka with a total land area of 18000 km2 , a population of over 3.6 million people and approximately 730,000 households. The Centre has three major objectives. The first objective is to identify and prioritize crop and livestock production constraints and associated research interventions. The second objective is to undertake research in Crops, Livestock, Soil and Water management, post-harvest and value addition for its mandate area. The third objective is to disseminate research findings and catalyze adoption of suitable technologies. To be able to carry out the above challenges, the Centre recognizes the need for capacity building for researchers, farmers, extension officers and other stakeholders The centre has a commodity research mandate on the following: maize, food legumes, oil crops, root/tubers crops horticulture, sorghum and millet, soil and water management, forage production, livestock nutrition, and animal health. Funding to the research was principally through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity Project (KAPP), which has strong, emphasis on impact, effectiveness and efficiency, strategiC partnership, decentralised partiCipation and focused targeting of beneficiaries.