Global research suggests that there currently exists a huge deficit in the production of maize vis-à-vis the demand. According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), by the year 2020, the global cereal demand will be at an approximate 2.1 billion MT and will, for the first time, show a major shift in favor of maize with demand estimated at 852 million MT compared to 760 million MT for wheat and 503 million MT for rice. Thus, global demand for maize in 2020 will increase by 45%, a substantial growth of 72% for maize in developing countries. This means that globally, an additional 266 million MT of maize will need to be produced, 80% of which is required for the developing nations.Add a comment
Farm Concern International (FCI), last week, had the great pleasure of taking part in the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, 2015 (GFIA) held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FCI represented by its Africa Director, Mr. David Ruchiu, joined participants from 65 other countries from across the globe to share one of its innovations (AFMA-X, African Farms and Markets Exchange) technology.Add a comment
John Riungu, FCI’s Senior Programmes Manager in an exclusive interview, revealed the pricey and exceptional milestones Farm Concern International (FCI) goes to just ensure agriculture remains relevant in the current Africa’s economy.
What’s the event all about?
Embu Open Tournament is a platform where sports meet agriculture. The event brings all the County colleges and secondary schools together for various sports competition but most significant, impart the agriculture knowledge to the young mind.Add a comment
The World Bank has granted Ksh6.5 billion to Kenyan Government to mitigate livestock farmers against losses occurred during dry seasons. Agriculture and livestock principal secretary Fred Segor said that the money will go towards the implementation of Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP) which aims at ending drought, emergency and livestock diseases.
This comes barely a month after Farm Concern International (FCI), with support from Tear Fund UK launched Commercialization and Market Linkages for Agro-Pastoralists project, (CoMAP), in Marsabit Sub-County. The project aims to increase households’ income through integrated agro-pastoralist Commercialization, Value Chain Efficiency and Market Development in Marsabit Sub-County.Add a comment
More than sh500m will be spent to lessen famine in the expansive semi-arid area of Ndeiya and Karai in Kiambu County. While launching the project, Agriculture Cabinet secretary Felix Kosgey said the cash will be used to buy certified and drought tolerant seeds, fertilizer, dairy goats and chicken to smallholder farmers.
Farm Concern International (FCI), which is an Africa wide market development agency whose focus is smallholder commercialization, commends the government for its philanthropic move which bolsters and extends its vision to commercialize smallholder communities with increased income for improved, stabilized and sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond.Add a comment
FCI VISION : To have commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond