MRM awards photographers Feted during ‘Eye in the Wild’ Competition

  By Barbra Onkoba Winners of the annual ‘Eye in the Wild’ photography competition themed ‘Stop the Chop’,  sponsored by Mabati Rolling Mills have been feted in a colorful ceremony held at Karura Forest. The campaign supports sustainable solutions that contribute to forest conservation with a view to protect our natural environment. It focused on four elements – wildlife, water, community, and lifestyle and provided a platform for photographers to highlight the beauty in Kenya’s landscape whilst celebrating the best talent. Speaking, Andrew John Heycott, Mabati Rolling Mills CEO said…

Innovative Kenyan entrepreneurs to battle out for 5 million

Total Kenya has announced that entries for the second edition of Startupper of the Year Challenge will include 55 countries up from the previous 34. The competition that that seeks to promote creative ideas and entrepreneurship among young citizens will see 3 winners from each country get an opportunity to make their dream a reality. The 2018/19 Total Startupper Challenge is building on a successful first edition held in 2015/16 that attracted over 800 applicants from 34 countries, 40 of them from Kenya. READ ALSO: Importance of innovation and digitization in…

Elani and Greenpeace Africa join hands to encourage ecologically friendly agriculture

Entertainment brand Elani has thrown its weight behind Greenpeace Africa’s campaign for practice of environmentally safe agriculture. The fact that food security is one of the items of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda means that we must all contribute towards successful agriculture. We should get to that point where Kenya does not have to import foodstuff. After all, most of these imports are coming into the country already contaminated and therefore dangerous for human consumption,” said Elani.   The band said their presence in Greenpeace campaigns will serve to…

ALP eyeing lucrative grade-A warehousing market

By Jacktone Lawi The demand for grade-A warehousing, currently far exceeds supply in the country, with warehouse users reporting that finding suitable facilities is frequently impossible. This is according to recent research by Tilisi Developments. This shortage contrasts sharply with overbuild in some other real estate segments. The oversupply of commercial space in Nairobi reached 4.7m sqft in 2017, while retail space oversupply reached 3.7 m sq ft. Meanwhile, the supply of mall space rose by 41.6 per cent last year, even as demand stagnated. With occupancy levels in the…

Give agriculture a tenth of budget, farmers demand

Smallholder farmers from the East African Community bloc now want the governments of the respective countries to allocate the agricultural sector at least 10% of national budgets. Addressing journalists, the Kenya chapter of a smallholder farmers lobby group -Kenya Small Scale Farmers (KESSF)-said the sector supports a huge population across the region and therefore should be allocated commensurate funds. And, in a bid to make the portion a guarantee every financial year, the farmers further want the percentage to be made a legal requirement. Also Read: https://www.ceoafrica.co.ke/farmers-urged-to-innovative-to-meet-international-market-demand/ READ ALSO: Greenpeace calls on…

Repair damaged dams in Kilome, Makueni government told

Community leaders have called upon the government of Makueni County to repair damaged earth dams in Mukaa Sub-county. Led by Dominic Mutunga, a local politician, the leaders now want their government to move with speed to mend the dams whose damage, they say, has created an acute water shortage in the area that relies heavily on irrigation agriculture to eke a living. We are experiencing a biting shortage of water in this area since these dams had their embankments washed away by last season’s rain waters. We wonder why our…

VAT will not affect Unga prices

Nairobi to host international grain millers’ conference with focus on trade wars and innovation  The Cereal Millers Association through its Chairman Mr. Mohamed Islam has confirmed that, despite the president signing the 8 % VAT law on the fuel, it will not affect the current prices of Unga at the retail shops. This is so because they had already reconsider this when the government lifted tax exceptions on wheat and maize floor products after a prolonged drought witnessed in the country early this year. Mr. Mohamed noted this during the…

Farmers urged to innovative to meet international market demand

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have been urged to increase value for their crops to enable competitiveness in the international market. Speaking During a meet the farmers’ forum held in Nairobi, the head of Dubai Chamber of Commerce Kenyan office, Michael Gathu noted that local farmers need to create an identity for locally produced agricultural goods. READ ALSO: Increased Security investment Soaring Kenyas’ Tourism “We are working to bridge the Gap and make trade easier between Middle East and Africa by identifying the needs of the international market and coming up…

Kitui County gangs funds Towards Climate Change Adaptation

Claire Nasike, Greenpeace Africa’s Food for Life Campaigner, has applauded the Kitui County government for endorsing a law that will see its 1% annual budget driven towards climate change adaptation. “Greenpeace Africa commends the move by the Kitui county government to help vulnerable communities adapt to adverse weather patterns caused by climate change,” said madam Nasike. With the county’s budget this financial year (2018/19) standing at Sh11.7 billion, it means the county will spend at least Sh117 million in climate change initiatives. This will ensure that farmers build resilience against future…

How a Kenyan coffee farmer uses cow dung to produce energy

Zeddy Rotich, a coffee farmer from Kericho County, explains to CNN how she uses cow dung to power her biogas stove. “Initially we are faced with so many challenges, struggling and getting firewood. And especially during the rainy season, wood fuel does not burn up, does not produce energy for cooking. With these many challenges of collecting firewood, we decided to come together as a group, that is a group of three hundred women. We wanted to construct some biogas units, at least ten every year for the women.” On…