Kenya’s NTV station reported on ICRISAT‘s work in Kenya:
With 19 scientists in the East and Southern Africa Region, ICRISAT’s mandate in Kenya is to develop improved varieties of pigeon peas as we have seen, as well as finger millet, pearl millet, and sorghum. In collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, ICRISAT breeds improved plant varieties in line with the agro-ecologies of certain regions in that way working with the elements of nature to bring out the best unlike the Genetically Modified Organisms.
ICRISAT implements research programs in ways that benefit smallholder farmers enabling them and their families to go beyond subsistence farming to produce surpluses that can be stored and sold to markets, paving the way for prosperity in the drylands.
Surplus produce, which is stored as food, serves as a buffer in times of hunger. Income from marketed produce enable farm families to purchase more food when needed, including inputs such as seeds, fertilizer, labor, tools, livestock, insurance and education. These will further raise farm productivity, kicking off a series of investments that bring about economic growth.
As this is sustained, it creates a self-reinforcing pathway to prosperity, a socio-economic process we call Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD) on which ICRISAT’s strategy is anchored.
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