The Potential of Green Biofuel from Water Hyacinth
Based on recent research achievements, there is need to identify strategies and methods of controlling the excessive growth of water hyacinth while also utilizing the plant in beneficial ways. Through support from Wild Wide Fund for Nature (WW), the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) is undertaking a study on the potential of using biofuel from water hyacinth and its acceptability as an alternative source of household cooking energy. The research involves both laboratory analysis and social experiment.
Factors Influencing Household Adoption of Renewable Energy Technologies in Kenya
National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND), in partnership with the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI), is conducting a research study on the factors influencing household adoption of renewable energy technologies in Kenya. The study was motivated by the fact that despite increased promotion of renewable energy technologies in the country, their uptake is still limited among Kenyan households. The research is therefore meant to inform the design and development of future interventions on the uptake of these technologies in the country.
The study aims to identify factors that influence the decisions of rural households to adopt renewable energy technologies for cooking and lighting needs in Kenya. The study focuses on the various energy technologies among Kenyan rural households, whether modern or traditional and the factors that influenced the decision to switch or not switch. The methodology involves desk-scoping at national level with detailed review of existing research literature on the subject. This is complemented by a case study of three counties (Tharaka-Nithi, Narok and Elgeyo-Marakwet) to triangulate the information gathered through literature review. T
The research is supported by the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (SIDA) under the NETFUND Green Innovations Awards.
Combating post-harvest loses through applied research
NETFUND with support from Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is implementing a project in Kitui County that is empowering over 600 women mango growers in the region. This is through preservation to reduce post-harvest losses and enhance diversification in use of the mango fruit.
Kitui is one of Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands. However, the mango tree is adaptable to this climate which leads to plentiful yields thereby presenting an opportunity for improving incomes and alleviating poverty among the women. A fully equipped mango processing plant was launched in October 2015. This has brought hope farmers and is expected to improve the economic livelihood of Kitui County residents. The powder produced is a healthy additive to juices and also fortifies other products like maize and porridge flour thereby enhancing the nutritional value. Two more processing plants are under construction with the installation of machines ongoing.