Audio: Nairobi Scientists Innovating to Farm Without Soil
In this photo-gallery and podcast interview, we showcase how Samuel Mbugua and Wachira Mwangi, biochemist graduates of the University of Nairobi, are using biochemist concepts and integrating it with that of the internet to enhance farming through hydroponic farming innovation, which is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil. Mbugua tells SciDev.Net that it can help in addressing existing challenges like climate change, lack of food, unemployment as well as scarcity of productive land faced by many, especially the youth and young graduates. Through their Grandeur Africa Limited firm they hope to train and equip farmers with the requisite skills for operating their own hydroponic structures.
CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems