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Eighty-five climate-friendly innovations qualify for #NoWasteChallenge finals

Eighty-five climate-friendly innovations have qualified for the #NoWasteChallenge competition finals announced by What Design Can Do (WDCD). The global-design competition by WDCD and IKEA Foundation, in partnership with Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC), was launched earlier this year to seek out designers and innovators worldwide to create and find innovations that offer a solution to

KCIC Group holds ‘Akwaaba’ to reset and further build the organisation

KCIC Group yesterday held a team building event best known to the company as ‘Akwaaba’, to unwind after a busy first quarter of the year and also interact physically for the first time after the pandemic hit globally. ‘Akwaaba’ which means welcome in Twi, a language of the  Akan people of Ghana, is an activity

Kenyan innovator introduces Syntropic Farming to rebuild forests cover

Syntropic Farming is a farming revolution from Brazil originated by Ernst Götsch, a Swiss farmer and researcher. It seeks to cultivate resilient ecosystems by regenerating the soil without the need of long term external inputs. Through the biodiversity of the plants, the soil becomes rich and sequesters Carbon. There are no chemicals required as the

KCIC concludes the Vijana na AgriBiz semi-finals

Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), under the AgriBiz programme on Monday 24th May 2021, virtually conducted the Vijana na AgriBiz semi-finals competition pitting 20 innovations from all over the country. The competition, which seeks to identify and reward innovative youth agripreneurs, selected ten agritech startups to proceed to the finals which will be held on

ClimateLaunchpad competition: KCIC opens call for applications

Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) has opened its doors for prospective entrepreneurs with clean technology (cleantech) ideas to participate in the ClimateLaunchpad competition, one of the world’s largest green business ideas competition. The engagement is deemed capable of transforming promising ideas that address climate change into impactful businesses. The programme, supported by EIT Climate-KIC and

Solar power brings clean water to the poor in East Africa

“Water is life, sanitation is dignity”—this slogan sums up the development challenges faced by Kenya, which by the early 2000s held the dubious fame of being home to the biggest slum in Africa. The consequences of inadequate access to water and sanitation are particularly devastating in the peri-urban and rural context, where high population density

New invention uses microbes to breakdown waste into valuable resources

It is possible to treat waste at the source and also make it reusable for agricultural purposes. The trick is using specialized bacteria, whose metabolic activities can convert simpler chemicals into valuable products through a microbial growth process. The use of microbes to recycle waste is what a Kenyan based company, Ecosave Africa, is implementing.

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