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Did you know that half of the world’s grain production is supported by fertilizers? This translates to about 162 million tons of fertilizers used by farmers annually to boost the cereal crop yield! If you are wondering why this, almost ridiculous, amount of fertilizer is put into grain production every year, then I should probably…

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Perhaps the most unanticipated effect of the current global population rise is the level of pressure it has brought on many restaurants when procuring fresh produce. Today, for the first time in history, most people reside in urban areas. And, according to an FAO and World Bank report, two-thirds of the world’s population will be…

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By now, you are probably familiar with the Bottom-Up economic transformation agenda of the Kenya Kwanza Coalition led by the current President-elect Dr William Samoei Ruto. To paint a picture, the bottom-up economic model operates from the premise that the local community, with strategic tools and incentives, has the capacity to actively participate in their…

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Food ultimately defines the human experience. Food is used across diverse cultures as a function of physical satisfaction and growth and as a symbol of unity, celebration, and togetherness. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs dictates that physiological needs like food and water, among others, are highly essential to human needs. Therefore, the value and impact…

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Cooking can be a dreaded task sometimes. Especially when you are constantly on the move and all you want to do when you get home is take a quick shower and sleep. But what if I told you, you could prepare a snack (that can easily pass for a whole meal) in under 30 minutes?…

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Fuel availability in Kenya has for years been generally consistent and sufficient. However, recent events have altered this trend, with Kenya experiencing a fuel shortage for almost three weeks. The crisis hit significant towns in Kenya, bringing the transport industry to a sudden standstill as motorists made long queues for fuel which, in most cases,…

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Fuel is one precious commodity whose shortage can cause potential distress to the Kenyan markets. Fishing is one of the Kenyan economic activities that has greatly been affected by the fuel shortage. Fishing in Lake Victoria, for instance, has come to a sudden standstill due to the absence of petrol fuel. To paint a picture,…

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Your recent visits to your favorite retailer for milk purchases have probably been met with a series of disappointments owing to the constant state of unusually empty milk counters. Chances are, you have cited your complaints and frustrations to the management regarding this milk concern, and each time you get the same dispiriting response, that…

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First, we had the pandemic, then, came the Russian-Ukraine war – two events that have significantly disrupted our already dwindling global food costs. According to the FAO 2020-2022 Monthly Food Price Data, there has been an incredible spike in the price of food commodities over the stated years due to the COVID pandemic. The crisis…

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Introduction The eggplant has many names. It’s called aubergine in the States, eggplant in Europe, brinjal in Asia, and briganya in Kiswahili. It’s easy to speculate that the Swahili word was borrowed from its Asian counterpart and it entered the Kenyan diet through the migration of Indians into Kenya during the construction of the railway.…

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Cassava In Kenya Cassava (also known as Mhogo in Kiswahili) is a root vegetable that is native to South America, and was introduced in Kenya by the Portuguese. It’s a sturdy plant that is drought resistant and as a result, does well in Eastern Kenya which has a semi-arid climate. It is also widely grown in…

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The agricultural sector contributes majorly to the Kenyan economy. According to the World Bank, agriculture contributes about 26% to Kenya’s GDP and an additional 27% through indirect connections with other industries. But even with such high prevalence, crop insurance in Kenya still remains underdeveloped. One of the reasons for the under-utilization of crop insurance in…