Kari Dfid Dryland Research And Extension

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Kenya Agriculture Research Institute
The dry and semI-arid areas form a sIgnifIcant part of RRC-Embu's mandate area, covering about 80% of the agricultural land. Increaslllg populatlOn pressure in the dry lands IS leading to intensification of agriculture in a fragile environment, presenting many teclmical challenges for research. The Dryland Applied Research and Extension Project (DAREr) used a multi-disciplinary approach to meet these challenges. DAREP was a major part of RRC Embu's reglOnal research programme for the semi-arid area with a geographIcal focus on Mbeere, Tharaka-Nithi and Central Isiolo Districts. Although the project involved collaboration between various research and extenslOn InstitutIons including Kenya Agm:ultural Research Institute, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRl), National Resources Institute UK (NRl) and the Mimstry of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Marketing, KARl was identIfied as an implementing lllstitution. DAREP focused on two main areas of impact. First was the development and dissemination of relevant technologies relating to crop productlOn, tools, soil and water management, agroforestry and livestock m order to improve the livelihoods of about 70,000 small-scale farm families living III the project area. The second related to institutional capacity bUilding and methodology development for enhancing the participatlOn of farmers and other stakeholders 111 the technology development and dIssemination process.