Toward increasing Smallholder-Vegetable Farmer Utilization of Grafting and Low and High Tunnel Microclimate Management Tools
Photo slideshow from this project. See photos on Flickr.
Farmers learn grafting and high tunnel
Target Country: Kenya
Principal Investigator: Matthew D. Kleinhenz, The Ohio State University
- J. Mark Erbaugh, The Ohio State University
- Sally A. Miller, The Ohio State University
- Monicah Waiganjo, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
- Peter N. Kanyuiro, Kangai Tisa Horticultural Farmers
- Jeremiah Njuguna, Agro Farm Services
This project will provide the necessary background information and strategies to improve tomato and pepper production through the increased application of grafting and low/high tunnel technologies among smallholder growers in Kirinyaga District, Kenya.
Tomato and pepper production are important sources of household income and nutrition. Their production is poised to increase in the region if production systems are made more efficient by minimizing the onset of frequent and highly disruptive crop stresses (e.g., disease, nutrient and/or water deficiency/excess) and providing greater returns to farmer time and effort. Using grafted plants and low/high tunnels reduces crop stress and eases labor requirements in vegetable production around the globe. Interest in grafting and low/high tunnels is rising in Kenya and the region. However, the availability of regional resources (material, human) is undocumented and guidance for farmers to apply these tools is lacking. We propose to offset these two deficiencies.
- document baseline human and material resources available in Kirinyaga District for using grafting and low/high tunnels;
- develop educational products and programs designed to increase stakeholder success in the use of these tools; and
- test and evaluate these products and programs as foundational components in larger regional efforts.
Deliverables and related resources
- Tomato Grafting Guide (PDF) for September 2011 workshop with additional distribution
- Grafting and tunnels project poster (PDF) presented April 2011 at Horticulture CRSP annual meeting
- Vegetable Grafting, a website with research-based information with funding from USDA-NIFA