Kenya Forestry Research Institute

A Centre of Excellence in Forestry Research

The Institute made the following achievements under the various research, support and development programmes;

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   Produced and distributed 51 tonnes of high quality tree seed
   Decentralized seed supply to KEFRI eco-regional centres, and seed agents
   Selected, registered and mapped 20 seed sources
   Identified and trained tree seed stockists across the country
   Developed high yielding Eucalyptus grandis variety
   Developed methods for surveillance and management of tree pests and diseases
   Provided advisory services on forest pests and diseases
   Established 31 ha of seed orchards and 22 ha of seed stands to provide high quality seed for plantation tree species
   Developed web-based Decision Support System for growing Grevillea robusta
   Developed technologies for rehabilitation of water catchments and degraded natural forests
   Developed technologies for management and utilization of medicinal plants
   Developed 15 utility bamboo products
   Enhanced capacity of stakeholders in bamboo growing, processing and utilization
   Published training manuals on Participatory Forest Management (PFM)
   Developed technologies including use of leguminous trees and shrubs for biomass transfer and improved fallows to enhance soil fertility and land productivity
   Selected and popularized high value tree species, including Grevillea robusta, Eucalyptus species, Casuarina species, Markhamia lutea, Gmelina arborea and various varieties of         mangoes for on-farm planting in diverse ecological zones
   Established 20 hectares of seed orchards for selected tree species to provide high quality seed for on-farm tree growing
   Promoted commercial tree farming in Coast, Central, Rift Valley and Western Kenya regions
   Developed technologies for efficient processing of wood for timber and biomass energy
   Published guidelines on planting of Eucalyptus species
   Developed body cream and livestock feed from Jatropha curcas and Croton megalocarpus respectively.
   Published 110 scientific papers and extension materials
   Conducted 5 Regional Social Forestry, 15 Participatory Natural Resource Management and 15 Nursery Establishment and Management courses
   Held 30 open days, 70 field days, 15 radio talks, 7 TV shows and participated in 20 ASK shows
   Published 20 print media features
   Organized and hosted a National Forestry Scientific Conference and an International (IUFRO-FORNESSA) Forestry Congress
   Established 30 national and international collaborative initiatives
   Increased the number of donor funded projects from 30 to 48
   Re-branded 2 regional centres for focused research and to raise KEFRI profile in the respective eco-regions and counties
   Developed and launched KEFRI Service Charter

The Tree Planting Season Is Here. "Panda Miti, Penda Kenya".