Dryland Applied Research and Extension Project KARI/KEFRI/NRI

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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
The Dryland Applied Research and Extension Project (DAREP) located at RRC-EMBU is a collaborative project between Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARl), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRl), Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Development and Marketing (MoALDM) and Natural Resources Institute (NRl). The project is funded by the Kenya Government and Overseas Development Administration (ODA) through NRl's Agronomy and Cropping Systems Programme. Its roots can be traced back from the Embu, Meru and Isiolo Arid and semi arid lands programme (EM! ASAL Programme) and the Dryland Applied Research Project (DARP) which were being coordinated by the then Ministry of Agriculture. The EM! project had both development and applied research mandates reflecting the need to gain understanding of the many problems of the ASAL. Phase I of the EM! ASAL Programme started in 1982 with assistance from the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) of the British Government. Phase 11 (1986 - 1989) aimed at the use of extension to assess the impact of Phase I and comprised of four components: Goat and Sheep project (GASP) at Marimanti; Forestry covering all the three administrative Districts, Isiolo range and water development; and Dryland farming/soil and water conservation for lower Embu and lower Meru South of Ny am bene hills. The Dryland Applied Research Project (DARP), which began in 1990 and funded through Natural Resources Institute, was a continuation of the EM! Dryland Farming / Soil and water conservation component; with an re-emphasis on research.