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Cleaner-Burning Fuels at Kenyan Schools Feed Students and Protect Forests

Nov 13, 2018

Cleaner-Burning Fuels at Kenyan Schools Feed Students and Protect Forests

Boniface Mutua, the head cook at Jamhuri High School in Kenya, reports for duty at 5AM every weekday. He often works until 8PM, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening tea to staff and more than 1,000 students. But it isn’t the long hours or the hard work that bother him—it’s the smoke.

My internship experience at KCIC

Nov 12, 2018

My internship experience at KCIC

I am Marvin Tiemessen, 23 years old, and in the past three months I have been an intern at KenyaClimate Innovation Centre (KCIC). I am from the Netherlands and flew all the way over to Kenya for a wonderful experience here. This internship was part of my graduate program in Sustainable Energy Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). 

Women  and youth in agribusiness: going beyond the conversation 

Nov 09, 2018

Women  and youth in agribusiness: going beyond the conversation 

Every year, the number of youth graduating from colleges and other tertiary institutions continues to soar. Recently, as the rate of unemployment continues to increase, agribusiness continues to gain popularity with the youth in Kenya and worldwide. Despite the agricultural sector being the second largest foreign exchange earner in the country, the youth continue to fight for the few opportunities in white collar jobs. 

Agriculture as a strategy for economic growth in Kenya

Urbanization in Africa: creating both problems and solutions for climate change

Oct 31, 2018

Urbanization in Africa: creating both problems and solutions for climate change

The world is urbanizing at a rapid pace, and this is especially true when it comes to Africa. The UNDP estimates that 2/3 of the global population will live in cities by 2050, and 90% of that growth will take place in developing countries. As millions of people move to urban centers seeking better economic prospects, this can put an enormous strain on areas such as waste management and water provision.

Combatting malnutrition, food waste, and climate change through sustainable agribusiness

Oct 16, 2018

Combatting malnutrition, food waste, and climate change through sustainable agribusiness

Kenya is a country that simultaneously suffers from malnutrition and food waste. On the one hand, USAID reports that nearly a quarter of Kenyan children under 5 suffer from stunting, or an abnormally low height for age. Yet, Kenyan food exporters report that nearly 50% of produce is rejected before being exported. Exacerbating this situation is climate change, which has brought decreased yields for farmers in the country.

How climate change threatens girls' education

Oct 11, 2018

How climate change threatens girls' education

Climate change is said to be a “problem multiplier.” For instance, there is evidence that rising temperatures can make vulnerable communities even more prone to violent conflict than they already are. In a similar fashion, at-risk girls in the developing world are disproportionately affected by climate change. In particular, families who struggle to send their daughters to school might be more likely to pull them out of school with the income losses and other instabilities that come with climate change. 

Fighting climate change, creating peace

Sep 21, 2018

Fighting climate change, creating peace

The Syrian Civil War has been one of the most devastating conflicts of our time. Lesser known, however, is that some of the roots of the conflict can be linked to climate change issues. Due to a drought and harvest losses, food prices in Syria have gone up about 26% annually; this coupled with many other socioeconomic grievances were some of the reasons why Syrians took to the streets in 2011 to join in mass protests.

Training Green Entrepreneurs at the ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp

Aug 10, 2018

Training Green Entrepreneurs at the ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp

My knowledge management and communications internship at KCIC oftentimes affords me some very cool experiences- such as getting to be a part of the ClimateLaunchpad (CLP) Boot Camp. While I was primarily there to tweet, in the process I learned so much about entrepreneurship and met some very inspiring individuals working to combat climate change, one startup at a time. 

Money is not everything in a start up….. 

Jul 26, 2018

Money is not everything in a start up….. 

Having been in the space where I have dealt with start ups for about two years one of the things I have learnt is the importance of finances in the development of young businesses. At the same time, I have realized that start ups need to look beyond the financial investments and also need to be creative in how they look for the funding.   Four of every five start ups you will interact with will state access to finance as one of the top challenges they face in running small businesses.

Achieving a green economy: a call to action

Jul 24, 2018

Achieving a green economy: a call to action

Having recently attended the 4thGreen Growth Conference and Exhibition 2018 themed , it is evident that there is need for us as a country to move with speed and fast track the implementation of the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP). The strategy focuses on five building blocks which include promoting sustainable Infrastructure, resource efficiency, building resilience, sustainable natural resource management, social inclusion and sustainable livelihoods.