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By Vincent Mumo

The Nairobi International Trade Fair is the premier convergence point of trade, commerce and knowledge sharing in both Agriculture and trade sector. Closely linked services such as insurance, finance, regulators, transport, energy, security and research aptly complement mainstream Agriculture at the seven day event. This year the event attracted over 300 local, regional and 120 international exhibitors from diverse industries showcasing their products and services.

             Photo by Mapesa Nelson: Caroline Macharia on a live Radio interview during the Trade show Exhibition

The trade fair offers opportunities for new prospects to promote products and build successful partnerships, display the latest products, services and technologies to a professional segment and in the presence of industry leaders in the continent and beyond, helps discover areas of partnership and cooperation with local and international firms, open distribution channels, helps in networking with officials and decision makers from different sectors with the possibility of direct agreement and facilitation.

Photo by Mapesa Nelson: Alex Kiplimo in the middle explaining to quests about his innovative eco-friendly Jikos

 

This year’s theme was “Promoting Innovation and Technology and Trade”. The show was graced by His Excellency the President, Uhuru Kenyatta among other key officials in the government. The President acknowledged the latest innovations and technology in different sectors of the economy. In his remarks he recognized the event as “An opportunity for Kenyans to share experiences and knowledge on modern technologies as well as establish business linkages.

NETFUND showcased beneficiaries of its Green Innovation Awards program including ICOSEED from Kirinyaga County, Kitui Enterprise Promotion Company (KEPC) from Kitui County, Dajopen from Trans Nzoia County and Mudhiero from Siaya County.

ICOSEED is an initiative which turns banana pseudo stems into fiber that can be used to make fabrics for bags and table mats. The enterprise buys banana stems from farmers, processes it into balls of fiber and uses them to make the end products. NETFUND has supported the initiative through financial, technical and business support. The innovation has reduced carbon emissions by promoting the use of slurry for biogas digesters and manure, decreased the need for pesticides on farms by removing banana stem that serve as a breeding zone for diseases. Economically the value chain has created income along the value chain by employing 100 people in transportation and extraction of fibers, twining and coloring, and accessory making. ICOSEED contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals: decent work and economic growth, industry and innovation, and life on land.

NETFUND also showcased Kitui Enterprise Promotion Company founded by Janet Mumo. It is a mango value chain project for women farmers in Kitui. The mission of the enterprise is to improve the living standards of vulnerable communities through resource mobilization, developing people’s institution and finding sustainable solutions. The project began in 2012 with the aim of helping women become resilient to climate change and address the challenges of post-harvest losses and enhance diversification in the use of mango fruit bearing in mind that the fruit is seasonal. In addition the enterprises processes mango juice, mango powder and fortified flours with the aim of increasing incomes from commercialized agricultural value chains to improve livelihoods of over 800 small scale farmers in the county by utilizing appropriate technologies, knowledge, skills and available resources.

Dajopen innovation involves the production of organic fertilizer using bio degradable waste materials. The organic fertilizer balances soil PH, enhances water retention capacity of the soil, increases organic carbon content of soil, enriches soil fertility, increases root aeration and increases crop yields. His fertilizer is approved by the Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). The use of organic fertilizer has improved the livelihoods of Kitale residents through the increase in maize production from 10 to 38 bags in a year. 

Another beneficiary showcased at the trade fair is Mudhiero who extracts biofuel from water hyacinth. The bio fuel burns just like other liquid producing 30kl/g. This has reduced fuel crisis and goes a long way in reducing population of water hyacinth in Lake Victoria.

Our Mission

Empowering kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth.

What We do

Incubation Phases

All incubation applications go through the awarding process. The incubation programme is delivered in phases.

The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) is a state corporation under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities. NETFUND was established within the provisions of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 1999 to facilitate research intended to further the requirements of environmental management, capacity building, environmental awards, environmental publications, scholarships and grants.

NETFUND is governed by a Board of Trustees (BoT) which is the highest decision making organ of the Fund. The BoT members are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Environment.

The BoT is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the fund, organizational policy frameworks, oversight of the Fund’s assets and undertaking any other activities within the mandate of the organization. The day-to-day running of the organization is vested in the Chief Executive Officer who is supported by a dedicated and skilled team.

Strategic Direction

To support the development of 100 Green companies by 2025.

NETFUND Vision

A society empowered and motivated to sustainably manage the environment.

NETFUND Mission

Empowering Kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth 

Core Values:

  • Passion: Belief in the difference our work makes that compels us to provide exceptional services.
  • Respect: Our esteem for our stakeholders makes us receptive and responsive to their needs and divergent opinions.
  • Stewardship: We manage all resources entrusted to us in a manner that creates the best value.

What we Believe:

• We believe that no one wants to destroy the environment willfully.
• We believe we can pursue development in a sustainable way while respecting the environment.
• We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity for business growth despite their economic status.

It is this belief system that informs our focus on Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening the Economy. We achieve this by stimulating solutions for and by the bottom of the pyramid in order to tackle environmental degradation, climate change and poverty while enhancing inclusive economic growth.

NETFUND Board of Trustees

 

 

Ms. Naumy Jeptanui, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

Ms. Jeptanui is also a member of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Ms. Jeptanui is a result driven individual with more than 28 years of progressive experience in Kenya’s education sector. Currently, Ms. Jeptanui is a part time lecturer in the Department of Education Management, Policy & Curriculum Studies at Kenyatta University. Ms. Jeptanui holds a M. Ed in Planning & Economics of Education from Kenyatta University and currently pursuing a PhD in Planning & Economics of Education in the same University.

 

 

Dr. Ptoton Mnangat Brian,Trustee
 Dr. Mnangat has held various positions in academia. Currently, Dr. Mnangat is a member of the faculty in the Department of Physical sciences at Muranga University College (a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology).
Dr. Mnangat holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford (UK).

 

 

Mr. Ntwiga Wilberforce Muriungi, Trustee.
Mr. Ntwiga is also the Chairperson of the Finance, Human Resource and Administration Committee.
In the course of his career, Mr. Ntwiga has built synergy between County Governments, Ministries and relevant stakeholders in promoting agricultural value chains. He has progressive experience in project planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation having worked with various corporations. 
Mr. Ntwiga holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Rural Development from Kenya Methodist University.

 

Prof. Losenge Turoop, Trustee.
Prof. Losenge is also the Chair of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Prof. Losenge is a renowned Phytopathologist in Kenya. Widely published, Prof. Losenge is currently the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Agriculture at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is also the Chair to a successful resource mobilization committee at the university. 
Prof. Losenge holds a PhD in Phytopathology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.

 

NETFUND Senior Management

“I am excited to watch these green initiatives bridge the gap from product to great companies that are built to last”, Ms. Catherine Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. 
Catherine is the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND. Under her leadership, the Fund has grown from one employee to a work force of over 30 staff occupying one and a half floors at Geomaps Centre in Upper Hill, Nairobi. 
At NETFUND, Catherine is responsible for strategy development and deployment, development and execution of policies and other governance procedures, creating a conducive culture, building the team, maintaining NETFUND strategic relationships as well as ensuring the overall success of NETFUND and its programs.

Under her leadership, the Fund has morphed into an independent environment organization with considerable funding from Swedish Development Agency, USAID, UNDP, IGAD, WWF among others. Since starting NETFUND, Catherine has seen the execution of several programs amongst them the flagship program, the NETFUND Green Innovations Award.

Previously, Catherine worked with the SOS Children’s Villages- Kenya as the Fundraising and Communication Manager. In the course of her career, Catherine has also lectured at the United States International University (USIU) and Daystar University.

Catherine is an alumna of the Kenya High School and holds a BA from Kenyatta University, MA in Communication from Daystar University and Executive MBA from Strathmore Business School

 

“Our financial prudence has amplified our impact at the grassroots”, Mr. Samson Toniok- Director, Finance.

Samson is the Director, Finance at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Samson is responsible for developing and implementing financial controls, financial reporting, IFRS, IPSAS, budgeting, payroll accounting, taxation, project accounting and financial management.

Since joining NETFUND, Samson has reorganized the budget formulation process; increasing the recurrent GoK funding by 156%. He also oversaw the automation of financial operations whilst strengthening compliance and internal controls. Under his watch, GoK and donor funds have been managed prudently.

Previously, Samson worked with Kenya Reinsurance Corporation. Samson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option) from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K), Investment and Securities Analyst (ISA) as well as a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

 

“At NETFUND, we pride ourselves in implementing projects that improve the livelihoods of our beneficiaries whilst sustainably managing the environment”, Ms Joy Juma – Director, Technical Services Department.
Joy is the Director, Technical Services Department at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Joy is responsible for planning, designing and coordinating the implementation of sustainable environmental management programs and monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of NETFUND’s interventions.

Since joining NETFUND, Joy has enhanced the design of the NETFUND Green Innovations Award, a flagship NETFUND program by the development of the Incubation Policy and Business Plan. Joy has played a key role in providing leadership in the development of NETFUND’s first incubates. Additionally, Joy has built the skills and abilities in the NETFUND project team to develop systems and structures for program design, development and implementation. Joy represents NETFUND in the global environment agenda.

Previously, Joy served as a Programme Manager with Flora and Fauna International. She holds an M.Phil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University.

 

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