Why farmers need to adopt sustainable farming practices to combat climate change.

By Sammy Kirui, HSC Kenya is the third largest producer of black tea globally after China and India, and is the world’s largest exporter of black tea, contributing over 20% of total world exports. The sector is therefore significant to the global and national economy. According to the Ministry of Trade, tea and horticulture are among the top export earners in Kenya, contributing approximately 1.5 percent to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018. Tea is Kenya’s principal agricultural industry; and the continued viability of the sector is critical…

Uganda’s rural entrepreneurs are a model for clean energy access in Africa

By: Marvin Tumusiime It’s a little-known fact outside of this part of the world, that Uganda is a hotspot for entrepreneurs. My home of Uganda is brimming with an enterprising community ranked as one of the most entrepreneurial in the world. So as someone working in the climate space for 7 years, I didnt just see the climate talks in Glasgow as an opportunity to tackle climate change, but also as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to help Uganda leapfrog dirty fossil fuels and serve communities across the country with clean energy. This is…

Covid-19 brings out the resilience of Kenya’s flower industry

By Baiju Kantaria, Director at Elgon Kenya Last year at the height of COVID-19 the Kenya flower industry was grappling with a cocktail of threats that had taken a toll on production including tough weather conditions, pests attacks and limited cargo space occasioned by the impacts of the pandemic that saw a skyrocketing of cargo space costs. The heartbreaking images of flower farm workers harvesting flowers and dumping them as lockdowns and cancellation of flights took effect are poignant reminders of the fragility of the sector to global shocks that…