PhD. Students at Kabete Agro-Meteorological Weather Station

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PhD.Students during AGROMET Practical at Kabete Meterorological Weather Station

Mango Processing Consultative Workshop Participants

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mango processing consultative workshop participants

A farmer in Vihiga County receives a certificate of participation from the area Member of County Assembly

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A farmer in Vihiga County receives a certificate of participation from the area Member of County Assembly. Left is Dr.Jane Ambuko

A farmer in Kiambu County receives the certificate of Participation presented by the County Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture

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A farmer in Kiambu County receives the certificate of Participation presented by the County Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture

Cold storage is one of the technologies critical for post harvest handling perishable foods

Cold storage is one of the technologies critical for post harvest handling perishable foods. However, conventional cold rooms are unaffordable for majority of the smallholder farmers. That is why Dr Ambuko and her project partners are piloting the Coolbot Technology as a low-cost cold-storage option for smallholder horticultural farmers in Africa.

Training on Postharvest Handling of Vegetables - Smallholder Farmers in Vihiga County-1

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Poor harvest and postharvest handling activities among the farmers and other actors is considered to be one of the major causes of the high postharvest losses currently reported in horticultural crops value

Dr. Jane Ambuko chains (FAO, 2014). Therefore training of the stakeholders on good harvest and postharvest handling practices is one of the proposed interventions to reduce food losses and waste in the highly perishable horticultural crops. The training of

smallholder vegetable farmers in Kenya is among the USAID-funded Postharvest Component being implemented by the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) in several target countries of the Feed the Future Program in Africa and Asia. The project has as one of its objectives to train farmers and other value chain actors in improved postharvest handling,

storage and transportation practices. Dr Jane Ambuko has been contracted by the AVRDC to spearhead the training activities in Kenya. In the initial phase, 5 Sub-counties have been selected for training including Homabay, Migori, Kiambu, Thika and Vihiga. The on-going training activities will be followed by field days to demonstrate low-cost postharvest technologies, mainly the low-cost cold storage options including the zero energy brick cooler and evaporative charcoal cooler.

University of Nairobi Among Seven Recipients of the USAID Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine (KFIE) Awards – Horticulture Wave

Dr. Jane Ambuko (Principal Investigator/Innovation Champion) Presenting Proof of Concept Award to Prof. A. Mwang'ombe, Principal, CAVS

The award was given for a research project titled ‘Innovative Cooling Option for Smallholder Farmers’. The project is funded by the USAID under the Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine(KFIE).The project is a collaborative initiative involving various partners in Kenya and USA. The University of Nairobi is the lead institution with team members including Dr. Jane Ambuko (Principal Investigator/Innovation Champion, Prof. Margaret Hutchinson (Team member), Ms. Nancy Kemunto (Field Manager) and Mr. Oscar SalimWanyama (Field Manager). Other partners include Dr. Willis Owino (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology), Dr. Lusike Wasilwa (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute), Ms Britta Hansen (HortCRSP), Prof. Michael Reid (University of California Davis) and Mr. Ron Khosla (Store-it-cold). The University of Nairobi is the only public institution that was awarded in this wave. The project is funded under the proof of concept (Phase I) stage with potential to be scaled up tothe roll-out phase (Phase II).

The goal of the Coolbot project is to provide poor smallholder horticultural farmers with an alternative low-cost cold storage option. Why cold storage? Horticultural commodities are very highly perishable with a very short shelf life. For smallholder farmers, this means that they have to harvest and sell the commodities immediately. If they do not get markets for their produce, the produce goes to waste.

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Mon, 2014-03-31 22:10
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CAVS

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Wed, 2014-12-31 22:10
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Dr. Jane Ambuko - Principal Investigator/Innovation Champion

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