Crops/ fruits/ vegetables
Information on crop husbandry, Water and soil management, Preventive and curative pest and disease management
Pests/ diseases/ weeds
Description, identification and management of plant pests and diseases
Medicinal plants
Medicinal plants and their uses: Artemisia, Mondia, Moringa, Neem, Ocimum kilimandscharicum, Pelargonium, Prunus africana, Sutherlandia, Tamarind
Fruit and vegetable processing
Tomato preservation, Vegetable preserves, Drying of fruit and vegetables,
Natural pest control
Biopesticides (Bt, Copper, Sulphur), Biofumigation, Flour-preparation, Hot-water treatment, Plants with crop protection properties, Plant extracts (Garlic, Neem, Pyrethrum), Natural enemies, Soap-Spray, Solarization, Traps and bagging
Cultural practices
Organic plant nutrition, Composting, Field sanitation, Green manure / Cover Crop Legumes, Crop rotation, Intercropping and Push-pull, Mulching, Conservation tillage, Weed management
Healthy food
Introduction, Digestive system, Fats, Proteins, Carbohydrates, Minerals, Micronutrients, Vitamins
Nutrition related diseases
Anemia, Ariboflavinosis, Beriberi, Constipation, Diabetes, Goiter, Gout, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Indigestion, Osteoporosis, Pellagra, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Rickets/Osteomalacia, Vitamin A deficiency
Insect transmitted diseases
Malaria: integrated and preventive control (water management, bed-nets, medical treatment)
Zoonotic diseases
What are zoonoses, Transmission and risk factors, Prevention, Examples, Impact in daily life
Hygiene and sanitation
Poor sanitation and health problems, Hand washing with soap and water, Planning for sanitation, Toilet choice
Animal husbandry and welfare
Animal husbandry introduction, Animal welfare and organic certification norms for cattle, goats, chicken, pigs and sheep, Animal nutrition and feed rations, Record keeping
Livestock species and commercial insects
Information on husbandry and management by categories of domestic animals (Chicken, Camels, Cattle, Cattle breeds, Donkeys, Fish, Geese, Goats, Pigs, Rabbits, Sheep) as well as information on Beekeeping and Sericulture
Livestock health and diseases
Disease prevention, Abortion and Stillbirth, Assisting with birth, Calf problems, Diagnosis, Eye Problems, Flies and Mosquito born diseases, New Castle disease, Nutritional deficiencies, Plant and other poisoning, Reproductive diseases, Respiratory diseases, Skin diseases, Management and Specific diseases, Tick borne diseases, Worms, Zoonotic diseases
Fodder production
Fodder production, Conservation of maize stovers, Hay making, Mulberry trees, Silage making
Products
Bee products, Leather products, Manure, Milk and dairy products, Sericulture as a business
Agro-ecological zones
FAO System, Kenya System
Water management
Water cycle and rain, Rainwater harvesting, Shallow ground water, Water for domestic use, Water for irrigation, Community management of water sources, Water storage, Surveys, Designs and permits for water projects, Construction of water projects, Seeking funds, Water as business, etc
Soil management
Soil degradation, Soil conservations measures, How to improve soil fertility, Kenyan Soils, Soil monitoring - Know your soil
Sustainable and organic agriculture
The concept of Organic farming
Conservation agriculture
Conservation agriculture, Soil cover, Conservation tillage systems, Mixed cropping, Crop rotation
Trees
Agroforestry introduction, A guide to tree planting in Kenya, Information on agroforestry trees
Processing and value addition
Hygiene requirements, Lables and barcodes, Prepacking fruits and vegetables, Processing facilities, Juice making, Machinery and utensils
What is Infonet
Infonet-Biovision is a great resource of scientifically and practically sound information for strengthening sustainable development of farmers and rural communities in Africa by allowing them to access, use and share information developed in the 4-H (Plant, Human, Animal and Environmental health) areas.

The latest edition contains rich and valuable new content updates. Under Human Health you can find a brand new section on Healthy Food additional sections on nutrition related diseases and hygiene and sanitation.

Under Animal Health we have added essential information on animal welfare and organic certification norms for livestock husbandry that has been added and increased information on livestock health and disease management.

Infonet: Key Features
  • Information on major crops, vegetables and fruits prevalent in East Africa, including crop husbandry, soil and water management, cultural methods and organic pest management, with illustrated descriptions for quick and accurate identification of crop pests and diseases.

  • Information on major crop pests, diseases, weeds and natural enemies common in East Africa; common names in different languages, regional distribution maps and lots of images and illustrations for easy identification

  • Many more information on medicinal plants, fruit preservation and cultural methods, soil, water and land management, animal husbandry and animal diseases etc...

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News - Helping rural communities develop a sustainable camel dairy industry
Thousands of camel owners in arid regions of Northern Africa, where two thirds of the world's camels live, could benefit from products that can help them increase the use-value of their humpback livestock.

Chr. Hansen, together with the Kenyan company Oleleshwa Enterprises Ltd, initiated a CSR project aiming to improve the living conditions of small-scale camel owners. The project focused on the development of basic knowledge about camel cheese production to enable camel owners to produce their own camel cheese.

Production of camel cheese will allow them to preserve camel milk from the wet season, when volumes are higher than consumption, to the dry seasons, where demand is much higher than milk available. Moreover, production of cheese will enable camel owners to develop a sustainable camel cheese market and distribution chain.

The one-year project has now successfully concluded and several simple cheese recipes have been developed. Pastoralist tradition combined with modern technology

An educational and enjoyable exercise Anne Bruntse, Director of Oleleshwa Enterprises Ltd, has driven the project and developed a manual with simple recipes for a variety of cheeses including a soft ripened cheese called 'Camelbert'- all of them based on camel milk.

Developing this manual has been a very educational and enjoyable exercise. We have learnt many new facts about the processing opportunities of camel milk. For instance the fact that just like the camel prefers hot weather, so does its milk work best with heat tolerant (thermophilic) cultures and hot processing temperatures, says Anne Bruntse.

She adds: 'We also found ways to incorporate local traditional technology in the cheese making process in pastoral areas where cooling facilities are not available, something that put a big proud smile on the faces of the pastoralists so far trained. Thus the recipes are a tribute and further development to all the efforts of the good people who have worked generations to find out what works in camel milk processing, both pastoralists and Chr. Hansen.

However there is still a lot more to learn and it is our hope that others will also feel free to share recipes and experiences in this field. A big thank you to all our partners and collaborators so far, says Anne Bruntse.

Distributing free Camel Cheese Manual The recipes have been designed to be applicable in rural areas by local camel owners. The cheese production steps have been collected in a short, simple and illustrated Camel Cheese Manual, which is available for download free of charge from Chr. Hansen's website. For those who plan to conduct training in cheese making in pastoral areas a Kenyan camel milk hygiene guide is also available. The hygiene manual has been developed by the Kenya ASAL Team*. (Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (KARI), Kenya Ministry of Livestock - ALLPRO project, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Kenya Camel Association (KCA), Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development)

The printed manuals will be distributed in the coming months and training of rural communities in Northern Kenya will take place thanks to the contribution of Vétérinaires Sans Frontiéres Suisse, an NGO engaged in the fight against hunger and poverty.

The Camel Manuals and Posters on Camel Cheese Production and Hygiene can be downloaded here. publications



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