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Agritecture: The Solution to Sustainable Cities

Aug 19, 2020

Agritecture: The Solution to Sustainable Cities

Agritecture is a name for the intersection of architecture and agriculture which is being seen most prominently in the emerging urban farming movement. According to Henry Gordon Smith; one of the early advocates of agritecture, he described it as the art, science and business of integrating agriculture into cities.  Fundamentally, agritecture seeks to define home as both shelter and food. The importance of reducing the distance from farm to plate has never been more important, here and now.

How ISO 26000 can benefit your organization

Aug 19, 2020

How ISO 26000 can benefit your organization

An In-Depth Review of ISO 26000

Organizations do not exist in a bubble. Both small and large organizations are a part of broader economic, political and societal systems. They therefore need to recognize and support the wellbeing of the communities within which they operate. The easiest way to do this is by initiating corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.

The end of fossil fuel. Is it here yet?

Aug 06, 2020

The end of fossil fuel. Is it here yet?

Has peak oil arrived and what are the impact and opportunities for cleantech?

Peak oil. It has been a topic of heated conversation for decades. The traditional definition describes it as the theorised point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which it enters into terminal decline.

Renewable energy and industrialisation: Focus on SMEs

Jul 23, 2020

Renewable energy and industrialisation: Focus on SMEs

Kenya is a renewable energy resource rich in solar, geothermal, wind, hydro and biomass with potential to harness tidal energy. Currently, 70% of Kenya’s energy is from renewable resources set up as grid connected and stand–alone power systems, placing the country in third position after Iceland (100%) and Norway (98%), among the global economies powered by green energy. This is according to Gulf, Gas and Power UK (January, 2020).

Kamida Sunflower oil improving communities

Jul 09, 2020

Kamida Sunflower oil improving communities

In 2007, Paul Ogalo had a vision for his community, in Migori County. His vision entailed improving health and sanitation conditions, which he did through Center for Regeneration and Empowerment of Africa through Africa (CREATA), an NGO initially funded by KNVB, UNICEF, and Aqua for All. With the support he received he was able to renovate football fields and offer facilitation to young aspiring footballers in Primary schools. In addition, CREATA was able to build numerous toilets in primary schools in the area and improve on water and sanitation facilities.

Re-imagining enterprises post COVID-19

Jun 04, 2020

Re-imagining enterprises post COVID-19

The novel COVID-19 has brought with it a myriad of challenges and uncertainties for enterprises across the globe. As governments grapple with what are best strategies to flatten the curve, businesses are busy trying to figure out strategies to sustain themselves for whatever comes next. The pandemic has thrown many in the deep end where if they do not learn and adapt quickly you might find their businesses overwhelmed. This begs the question, amidst all these challenges, are there any opportunities that might be arising?

Combining organic farming and forest conservation for economic sustainability

Apr 23, 2020

Combining organic farming and forest conservation for economic sustainability

“Encroachment and illegal logging are things of the past. We now take the lead in ensuring the forest is protected and restored because it provides us with fertilizer for our crops,” says, Hillary Rono, a passion fruit, potato and dairy farmer from Nyangores in Bomet County. 

Farmers in this area are utilizing Terra Pretty, a form of organic fertilizer made from forest waste because of its potential for increased yields, its affordability and its ability to improve the soil structure. 

A wind’s teeth - Understanding locusts

Mar 13, 2020

A wind’s teeth - Understanding locusts

From the ultimate biblical plagues to the modern times of natural disasters, none has stood out in resemblance like that of the locusts. The concept of climate change better explains this disaster. Cross-referencing our notes with those of the old days Egyptians, locusts fly along with the wind or as they said: "wind brought and took away the swarms”.

Vertical gardens the best alternative of farming

Feb 20, 2020

Vertical gardens the best alternative of farming

Inferring from global demographics, it is conclusive to say that the mortality rates are declining as a result of increasing living standards that closely relate to the industrial revolution. Consequently, the world's demand for resources has increased, among them food. As a result of unmet food security and nutrition targets amidst the burgeoning human population, about 820 million people have insufficient to eat, with a noted epidemic of overweight and obesity.

Technological trends in waste management

Feb 07, 2020

Technological trends in waste management

On the precepts of waste hierarchy, most preferred waste management approach is minimization. Alternatively, as an option to where waste can not be prevented, there should be measures put in place for material and energy recovery as well as remanufacturing and recycling. The global waste volume is however increasing thus adding to a host of complexities in waste management.