Factors influencing replication and utilization of water harvesting technologies for food production amongst small scale farmers in Kieni Constituency, Nyeri County, Kenya

In 2006 the Water Harvesting for Food Security Project was conceptualized by the Ministry of Agriculture in order to address the problem of over reliance on rain fed agriculture by demonstrating simple water harvesting technologies to small scale farmers throughout the country but especially in the arid and semi arid lands. The farmers were expected to replicate and use the technologies in their own farms in order to help them achieve the envisioned multiplier effects.

Choice of Dairy Cattle traits, breeds and inbreeding on smallholdings in Kirinyaga, Rachuonyo and Nakuru Districts, Kenya

This study was conducted in three ecologically distint districts in Kenya with contrasting socio-economic conditions namely, Kirinyaga, Nakuru and Rachuonyo. Specific objectives of the study were: first, to identify smallholder dairy cattle farmers' trait preferences under various production systems; second, evaluate smallholder dairy farmers' choice for cattle breeds under different production environments; and three, assess the predisposing factors; incidences and levels of inbreeding on smallholder dairy farms.

Levels of organochlorine pesticides residues in milk of urban mothers in Kenya

Organochlorine compounds (OCPs) are toxic products capable of producing serious adverse health consequences. When used to control pests, certain OCPs persist in the environment and accumulate in the fatty tissues of living organisms, reaching higher levels in animals higher in the food chain. Many countries have therefore either restricted or banned the use of OCPs. DDT used to be widely used in Kenya to control pests, but is now used only to control mosquito populations.

The impact of development on women in Kenya: a methodological approach.

This research project constitutes a follow-up of the 1978 Expert Meeting on Research and Data Collection on "Women and Development," held in Nairobi for the East African Region. Among the research priorities and guidelines established was the major emphasis on openness and flexibility in reseach methodology to find deeper insights and comprehensive views about women's perceptions, problems, and envisaed solutions. Following these guidelines, a major research project has beeen designed with a duration of 3-4 years, combining research, action, and training elements.

Effects of burning on diet quality and associated production systems of cattle and goats in acacia savannahs of Kenya

A one-year study on the seasonal effects of burning on the dietary nutrition of cattle and goats was conducted at Kiboko from March 1982 to March 1983. Four esophageally fistulated heifers and two goats were utilized to collect diet samples from two adjacent burned and unburned paddocks. Pre-burn and post-burn herbaceous plant species frequency and density were"evaluated in both paddocks. Post-burn shrub/woody plant species were evaluated for density and canopy parameters. Diet samples were subjected to laboratory analysis for crude protein CCP) and organic matter digestibility COMO).

Efficacy of phone based counselling in supporting primi-parous women to Exclusively breastfeed

Back ground: Although Exclusive breastfeeding has been shown to have great health benefits to both mother and child, current rates of exclusive breastfeeding have remained low especially in the developing countries. Frequent contact with an infant feeding counselor has been the most effective method of increasing exclusive breastfeeding in populations that traditionally breastfeed.

Risk of contamination of cattle carcasses with Escherichia coli O157 from slaughterhouses in Nairobi, Kenya

The study was carried out in three abattoirs supplying meat to butcheries in Nairobi and its environs. The objectives ofthe study were to assess the level of contamination of carcasses with Escherichia coli 0157 in the slaughterhouses, determine the critical control points and train the slaughterhouse managers on practices that would reduce carcass contamination. Three slaughterhouses with different levels of hygiene control, classified as 'export', 'improved local' and 'typical local', were selected.

Brand rejuvenation strategies and organization performance: A case study of new Kenya Cooperative Creameries Limited

Brand rejuvenation strategy is considered to have occurred when a firm recovers adequately to resume normal operations often defined as having survived a threat to survival and regained sustainable profitability. In this light of a great brand rejuvenation strategy in terms of profitability and increased market share, this study seeks to document factors that are responsible for successful brand rejuvenation strategy of New KCC from the hitherto years of loss making. This study therefore set out to investigate brand rejuvenation strategies and organization performance at New KCC.

Immunodiagnosis of hydatid disease in livestock using an intradenmal test and an enzyme immunoassay

A variety of methods based on immunological principles have been tried for the diagnosis of hydatid disease but largely with unsatisfactory results. One of the oldest illethods is the Casoni test which gives a reaction of immediate hypersensitivity when the antigen is injected intradermally. This test, however, has not given the specificity nor the sensitivity required for a diagnostic test.

The impact of famine on human relations and survival mechanisms in Wajir District

The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of recurrent of famine in Wajir district between the years 2002 -2008 despite the Government and Non-Governmental Organization intervention.

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