Agro-ecological zones Farm Mgt. Handbook of Kenya-Survey and Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)
In general, the Kenyan farmer is well informed as to the potential of his own land, the labour force of his family and the production techniques to be used when planting crops cultivated for generations. In the past, this was a perfectly satisfactory situation, but today, the farmer is called on to feed a rapidly increasing population and earn a major share of vital foreign currency through exports, i.e. he / she has to shoulder the cost of economic development in Kenya, in particular in the urban areas. Therefore the farmer is the most important person for the basis and the future of the nation.
Traditional farming methods are no longer capable of meeting all the demands made on the farming community; widespread application of scientific methods is required, but knowledge of these methods is obtained, compiled and stored elsewhere, out of reach of the farmer.The Handbook has been compiled primarily to assist the agriculture field advisor, who often has little scientific training but who is the most important officer in rural development. Extension work is organised within political units, i.e. location, division and district, and therefore information has been compiled according to AEZs per district resp. district groups, which in some cases has led to repetition. The layout and approach of the book has to be seen in this context.