The second edition of the Nairobi innovations week started on August 1st, 2016 and was officially opened by H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta at the University of Nairobi grounds on 3rd August 2016. This year, the event was themed “partnership for innovations that Truly Impact people and societies strengthening public – private partners for Economic growth taking lead”. In his opening remarks, The President noted that Innovation is the engine that drives entrepreneurship and creates opportunities for young people. The event attracted 300 exhibitors and 2600 exhibition visitors across the country.
Mr. Arwa Richard Ochieng one of the NETFUND GIA III winner under secondary Schools Category explaining to the President of Kenya and the congregation about his innovation the Innovation week. He produces Green bio fuel from Water Hyacinth
The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) joined the rest of the innovative Kenyans in showcasing innovations by three beneficiaries of the NETFUND Green Innovations Award (GIA). The three innovations were; a mango processing plant an innovation based in Kitui, Iten Juakali from Rift Valley and the Green Charcoal Briquettes from Garissa.
The mango processing plant is a project implemented by NETFUND and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The project focuses on empowering Mango farmers in the region through preservation to reduce post-harvest losses and enhance diversification in use of the mango fruit. With the use of new Technology, the plant produces Mango powder, a healthy additive to juices. The powder can also fortify other products like maize and porridge flour thereby enhancing the nutritional value.
The Iten Jua Kali is also one of the NETFUND GIA beneficiaries by Alex Kiplimo based in Iten. The company manufactures Energy saving Jikos that aims at offering a cooking solution that uses less biomass. The Eco Jiko is also designed to efficiently use wood fuel and at the same time avail food storage services and using the excess heat produced to heat water for Kitchen use. Through the NETFUND Incubation program, Eco Jiko was subjected to the experts who have worked on it to refine and to also ensure that it meets the required standards and legal requirements.
Moving on, NETFUND also showcased The Green Charcoal briquettes, an Innovation under NETFUND GIA III Awards. The innovation is based in Garissa whereby sawdust and other wastes are used to produce the briquettes. The innovativeness behind the briquettes is that the briquettes are economical as they are smokeless, burns for four hours and are of high calorific value hence through the use of briquettes over charcoal leads to a sustainable use of the environment.
NETFUND in the long run involves application of research findings to formulate innovative projects that support sustainable environmental management while alleviating poverty and mitigating the effects of climate change.