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Month: February 21, 2018

Knowledge café provides insights on standards and intellectual property to entrepreneurs

The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) held a Knowledge Café earlier this week on intellectual property, standards and the Early Stage Finance Mechanism for its clients.  The learning forum was facilitated by the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). The Knowledge Café is a sharing event held twice a year,

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Transforming rural regions with clean energy

Chaff Energy is a social enterprise that is transforming agricultural waste that has little to non-commercial value, into high value fuel by using micro gasifier cook stoves. Established in 2015, the initiative was motivated with the need to empower the poor. Located in Thika town, the company’s core business is the design, manufacture, and distribution

KCIC set to launch the 3rd phase of the mentorship programme

The first and second phase of the Business Mentorship Programme kicked off in 2016 and 2017 respectively with the overall goal of sustainably improving and supporting companies under the Accelerator and Incubator Programs to grow and expand through provision of business mentorship support. The previous programme had 29 clients (13 and 16 Accelerator and Incubator

The role of technology in Climate Change

Avoiding the impact of climate change simply means reducing the emission of green house gases. Climate change solutions lie in technological innovations and creativity in response to the effects of climate change. Across the years it has been evident policy development and change around climate change has been full of controversy. A look at the

Partnership to promote clean technologies and innovations

The Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) and the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on exploring opportunities for building resilience and enhancing low carbon development through promotion of climate technologies and innovation in Kenya. The signing which was officiated by the VDS Director General Dr. Julius Muia and KCIC Chief

Processing macadamia for the export market

Women entrepreneurs have stood the test of times with myriad of challenges to drive successful businesses. One such enterprise is Exotic EPZ Limited which is owned by three iconic women who have purposed to leave their foot print in the export market that is largely dominated by men. The three, Charity Ndegwa, Jane Maigua and

Improving soil quality for Kenyan farmers

Soil erosion or degradation is a process that occurs naturally. The top soil wears away mainly by physical forces like wind, water and tillage. Tillage is the down slope movement of soil that leaves upper lopes bare and soil accumulates in the lower slopes.  A fourth factor that causes soil degradation is human activity. It can

Thermo-electric technology providing energy solutions to rural households

Thermo-electric technology is the future of Carbon emission reductions. The technology is not new as it has been around since the 1800s. But the last 20 years has seen a lot of research go into this field with the growing need for conservation. Thermo-electric generators are some of the inventions that are fast becoming commercialised

Producing nutritious animal feeds from black solder fly larvae

Working with a database of over 300 farmers, Eric Mbugua the director of BSFL organics established the business in 2016. When he started, he would outsource processing which was costly. Last year he was able to establish his own processing facility in Lower Kabete, Nairobi. The company produces one tonne per week of the dairy