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Month: March 29, 2017

Implications of the plastic bags ban in Kenya

The use of plastics dates back to the 1950s with the first plastic used for wrapping sandwiches introduced, followed by department stores in the 70s and supermarket chains in the 80s.  Plastic is the largest source of ocean litter. Apparently, it takes 100s of years to degrade plastic bags, even with this in mind, many

There is space for women in the energy sector

There is an old saying “when you empower a woman you empower the society”. Gender equality has been a global conversation that has been part of the development agenda and was one of the goals under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG 3) on gender equality and the empowerment of women. For a country to claim that there

Kenya Climate Ventures: providing investment opportunities for early start up businesses

In the last decade, Kenya has witnessed a strong culture of innovation building in Kenya. A number of start ups have been successfully incubated but require upscaling. Commercialization of climate-tech companies is needed in order to demonstrate the potential and viability of green economic growth. Kenya Climate Ventures (KCV) was established in 2016 as an

Using organic fertilizer to increase crop yields

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), drought in the Horn of Africa is triggering a humanitarian crisis with food insecurity and affected livelihoods. In Kenya, as at mid last year, 2.7 million people are feeding less yet what they eat is less nutritionally diverse. ECO Group East Africa distributes OpenAll, an organic soil fertilizer

Transforming lives through improved cook stoves

Chaff energy was established three years ago as a social enterprise which seeks to tap into the underutilized fuel sources that will in the long run reduce deforestation and land degradation due to firewood demand and improve the quality of fuel. The company designs, develops, fabricates and distributes integrated firewood/charcoal/gel improved cook stoves for rural

KCIC participates at the Nairobi Innovation Week

The advent of technology has supported the rapid growth of innovations since the 19th century. Various sectors have experienced the innovation wave in one way or the other. In Kenya, the youth continue to take the country to greater heights with innovations that are solving economic and social challenges. The Kenya Climate Innovation Center was

The Fourth Devolution Conference: Energy and agriculture

The fourth annual devolution conference, which was the last one before the first general elections after the full operationalization of devolution, was held from 6th to 9th March 2017 at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Training Institute in Nakuru County. The conference has become an annual event coordinated by the Council of Governors where they bring

Msitu: supporting farmers through value addition

They say nothing good comes easy and working with entrepreneurs has taught me a lot. The value of patience, determination and hard work. Have you ever tasted something and wondered where it has been all your life? That was me a few months ago with the Msitu fruit jam. I am officially their self proclaimed

Azuri launches new factory to increase production of dried fruits and vegetables

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it is estimated that 1.3 billion tonnes of food which translates to 30 per cent does not make it from the farm to the table. This loss is attributed to lack of information and knowledge in the food supply chain coupled with limited financing in equipment either

Entrepreneurs in the seed sector converge to explore the open source seeds concept

Farmers need to have access to seeds that enable them to develop and grow a wide variety of crops. Seed diversity does not occupy a significant place within the business models of the largest seed companies. And by using intellectual property rights (patents, Plant Variety Protection), the big players in the seed industry are eradicating