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Month: April 29, 2021

Are insect feeds the future of the animal feed industry?

An increase in wealth, urbanization and global population growth, more so in Africa and Asia, has created changes in the global consumption patterns, lifestyle and food preferences. This has led to an increase in animal protein demand.  There is a high demand for livestock feeds and the limited resources are feeling the pressure to meet

How Dashcrop is empowering women to grow climate-resilient crops

The agricultural sector heavily depends on a female workforce. Estimates show that in some developing countries, women make up over half of the agricultural workforce. In Kenya, for instance, women make up 42% and 65% of the agricultural labour force despite being accorded little attention. Closing this gender gap is a female-led agribusiness company, Dashcrop

How a Kenyan engineering firm is converting plastic waste into clean energy

In Njiru town, off Kangundo road lies an engineering firm that has put resource recovery at heart with the aim of creating value from waste that would otherwise go to landfill. The firm, Adarsh polymer Limited, is converting plastic waste into affordable clean energy solutions through a process called pyrolysis.  During an interview with the

Kenya’s losing battle against e-waste

Electronic waste (e-waste) has proven to be a fundamental challenge for Kenya over the years. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre (WEEE Centre) states that Kenya generates an average of 3,000 tons of e-waste each year from electronic devices such as computers, monitors, printers, mobile phones, fridges and batteries just to mention a few. The

A better deal for Gum Arabic producers in Northern Kenya

The dry and rugged terrain stretching for kilometers in the expansive Isiolo County appears largely barren, worthless even. Yet growing from the parched earth is a resource worth billions of shillings and one that promises to significantly transform the lives of the largely poor pastoralist communities of Northern Kenya. The blistering weather conditions of Isiolo

Insect entrepreneur training farmers how to use maggots on their farms

In a quiet, mainly residential area in Kirinyaga, trays of writhing Black Soldier Flies (BSFs) larvae munch their way through hundreds of kilograms of food and farm waste a day. By converting organic waste into protein, this miracle insect helps lower Carbon emissions and replace environmentally damaging fertilizers. The protein-rich maggots are sold for pet

Food index report: Tackling food waste for environmental sustainability

Globally, food waste has become an increasingly recognized environmental issue over the last decade. In a world where approximately 800 million people suffer from hunger, food waste is not only an ethical issue but also an environmental problem that cannot be overlooked. In a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (Food Index Report

Sustainability is profitability

Over the years, every entrepreneur has been fixing their eyes on the returns from the business. Some businesses such as plastic processing and polythene paper processers have ended up being banned and others brought to untimely closure due to the unsustainability of the business in the long run. In the current era, the profitability and