Multipurpose legumes II

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South Nandi farmers are cashing in on a ready market for rabbit urine, which is sold to an Eldoret-based company that is bottling it as a potent organic liquid manure for top dressing horticultural crops. The price of rabbits in the area has more than tripled since the company started buying the urine.
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Beth Medvecky
Lablab purpureus cv. Rongai is the multipurpose legume of choice among many South Nandi farmers, thanks to it's tasty grain and huge impact on subsequent maize grain yields. Here, a Kiptaruswo farmer has initiated her own research on a maize lablab intercrop. As a collaborating farmer in the Multipurpose Legume project, she's had several years experience growing lablab in rotation with maize. Since the crop has proven to be so useful to her she also wanted to assess how it could perform when intercropped with maize in the same season. She thought the performance was good.
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Beth Medvecky
Bean varieties laid out for joint evaluation by a South Nandi farmers' research network. Forty-five farmers working with the Multipurpose legume project planted these varieties to determine how they performed across a soil fertility gradient during the long rains of 2015.
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Beth Medvecky
Members of the Multipurpose Legumes team compete to snap the winning photo for the 2015 CCRP Eastern Africa Photo Competition.
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Beth Medvecky
Caught in the act!
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Beth Medvecky
Joseph Tarus, a farmer in Kiptaruswo who has been in project since 2008 narrating the progress he has made so far while participating in project activities
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Hannington Odido
Farmer showing the visiting team her preferred bean variety from the screening trial during the long rains season, 2015
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Joyce Mutai
Farmer showing the visiting team the grain yield performance of bean varieties from the screening trial during the long rains season, 2015
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Joyce Mutai
Farmer showing the visiting team the grain yield performance of bean varieties from the screening trial during the long rains season, 2015
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Hannington Odido
Farmer explaining to the team the importance of legumes on soil fertility improvement and income generation especially Groundnut (CG7)
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Hannington Odido
Team interacting with the farmers after viewing their farm activities
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Hannington Odido
Farmer showing the team the effect of halo blight disease (economically important disease) on lablab (Rongai) in her farm
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Hannington Odido
The team evaluating the performance of maize in verification trials following the legumes in Kiptaruswo during the long rains season, 2015
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Hannington Odido
Team observing lablab bulking plot in Kiptaruswo during the long rains season, 2015
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Joyce Mutai
Leah Sigei, a farmer in Koibem site assessing her lablab bulking plot during the long rains season, 2015
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Joyce Mutai
A farmer assessing performance of different grain legumes in a farmer managed trial in Kiptaruswo, Nandi County, Kenya. The picture shows good performance of Bean KK8 (foreground), Groundnut CG7 (middle) and Soybean SB19 (background).
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James Nyongesa
Members of a farmer legume seed bulking group weeding a bean (variety KK8) plot in Kapkerer site, Nandi County, western Kenya. This relatively large bean seed plot is a pointer to the demand and the success of the community-based seed production efforts.
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James Nyongesa
A community-based seed bulking plot of soybean (variety SB19) in Vihiga site, Vihiga County, western Kenya
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James Nyongesa
A farm family in Kiptaruswo site, western Kenya, cleaning and drying part of the newly harvested crop of bean KK8. Bean KK8 is one of the most popular of the newly introduced bean varieties.
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Simon Kamwana
Farmers from Nandi County viewing lablab (TX24) bulking plot in Vihiga during the farmer exchange visit. TX24 is a newly introduced lablab variety being screened for halo blight tolerance
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Simon Kamwana
Visiting farmers from Vihiga County viewing assorted legume plots in a varietal screening trial at Koibem site, western Kenya. Picture shows the differential performance of legume species at the site.
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Simon Kamwana
Farmers showing their preferred bean varieties from the screening trial during the long rains season, 2015
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Hannington Odido
Esther Langat, a farmer in Koibem assessing bean performance under screening in her farm during the long rains season, 2015
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Simon Kamwana
Hopkins Aluda, a farmer in Kapkerer assessing pest’s damage on bean under screening in his farm during the long rains season, 2015
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Simon Kamwana
Leah Sigei, a farmer in Koibem site weeding lablab (Rongai)-maize intercrop trial during the long rains season, 2015
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James Nyongesa
Soybean (SB19) planted in pure stand being compared with soybean-maize intercrop in Kapkerer site during the long rains season, 2015
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James Nyongesa
Farmer in Kapkerer evaluating Soybean (SB19) performance in pure stand and as an intercrop with maize during the long rains season, 2015
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James Nyongesa
Farmers in Kiptaruswo under a session of training on disease identification and rogueing during the long rains season, 2015
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James Nyongesa
Farmers in Kiptaruswo under a session of training on seed quality management during the long rains season, 2015
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Simon Kamwana
Farmers in Kapkerer under a session of training on disease identification and rogueing during the long rains season, 2015
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Hannington Odido
Assessment of lime and inoculant on growth and performance of soybean (SB19) in Kapkerer site during the long rains season, 2015
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James Nyongesa
Difference observed in plots where maize was planted following legumes (right) compared to plot where maize was planted with no legumes previously (left) during long rains season, 2015
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Hannington Odido
Leah Sigei, a farmer in Koibem site comparing maize performance in legume-maize rotation plots during the long rains season, 2015
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James Nyongesa