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Stekar Foods: Exporting fruits and vegetables to uplift Kenyan farmers

May 16, 2019

Stekar Foods: Exporting fruits and vegetables to uplift Kenyan farmers

Smallholder farmers in Kenya produce the majority of the food consumed in the country- 63% to be exact. However, they tend to suffer from quite low levels of income and tend to only sell small portions of their production. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that sales revenue for Kenyan smallholder farmers amounts to only $404 annually.

What are the Kenyan youth doing to support implementation of the SDGs?

May 02, 2019

What are the Kenyan youth doing to support implementation of the SDGs?

Youth around the globe are seizing the opportunity to participate in the implementation of the sustainable development goals. In Kenya, the university students are increasingly using the power of their collective voice to advocate, lobby and lead campaigns towards adopting sustainable practices and policies. Growing up in a country characterized by advancing technologies and information sharing, many are harnessing this opportunity to increase awareness about SDGs.

Resource efficiency modelling

Apr 11, 2019

Resource efficiency modelling

The world has been engulfed by the wrath of unsustainable use of resources. This has been caused by economies that rely on natural resource extractions that are extremely wasteful in generating value and wealth- a phenomenon that has caused climate change and widespread environmental degradation. Consequently, these menaces have brought negative impacts onto the well-being of the planet and its people. It is a situation that call for an urgent response by everyone.

MIS Company: Water-efficient irrigation for Kenyan farmers

Mar 22, 2019

MIS Company: Water-efficient irrigation for Kenyan farmers

With today being World Water Day, it begs us to think about the water issues plaguing Kenya, a water scarce country, as well as innovative solutions to counter these problems. The recent deadly droughts in Turkana, Kenya are a painful reminder of this dilemma we are faced with. Climate change is posed to only further exacerbate a lack of access to water. This has devastating consequences on agriculture, which in turn affects food security and farmers’ livelihoods.

Sustainability lessons from my visit to Fujitsu Kawasaki offices

Mar 11, 2019

Sustainability lessons from my visit to Fujitsu Kawasaki offices

By: Edward Mungai, CEO of Kenya Climate Innovation Center

 

Last week I was in Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Tokyo Marathon 2019 as well as meet with possible partners for my work in impact for Africa. I was really interested in visiting Japanese companies to glimpse just how exactly they are implementing and benefitting from sustainable development practices.

Recognizing female entrepreneurs on International Women’s Day

Mar 08, 2019

Recognizing female entrepreneurs on International Women’s Day

Women across the globe face obstacles to becoming entrepreneurs. Traditional views about gender norms, lower levels of education, shouldering the burden of domestic duties, a lack of female role models, and outright discrimination are only some of the barriers that women encounter on the path to starting a business. Such issues are only further exacerbated in the clean tech space, which is dominated by men.

However, many Kenyan women are defying the odds- and KCIC is proud to incubate some inspirational female entrepreneurs. Here are the stories of 3 of them:

Strengthening green enterprises in Kenya

Jan 18, 2019

Strengthening green enterprises in Kenya

Kenya’s potential for climate entrepreneurship is high, and the country’s dynamic high-growth entrepreneurs are helping lead the country toward its green growth goals. By scaling innovative business solutions to local climate challenges, their contribution is not only limited to Kenya but spans beyond the national boundaries to other areas in the region.