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Mutunguru hydropower project set to benefit Meru County

The Mutunguru Hydropower Project began as a community initiative in 2004. In 2009, the project received support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) who donated a 26 kilowatt turbine together with a team of experts for the installation. The community on their end contributed some money and labour to build the intake, a

Growing herbs for the Dubai Market

Peter Chege, the founder and CEO of Hydroponics Africa is one proud entrepreneur. Having recently sealed an order to supply 2 tonnes of herbs to a client in Dubai every month. The herbs which range from basil, rosemary, thyme, mint, oregano among others will be grown through the vertical and horizontal vegetable systems. This order has

Have we prioritized Climate change yet?

A quick scan through the budget statement 2017-2018, one thing stands out for me, as a policy analyst with special interest in the climate change agenda, climate change was missing out in the statement by the CS National Treasury. The national budget is the main policy document for the country and through the budget the

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