Donatus Ndungu Njoroge was 1st runners up in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Ocimum Species Stored Grains Protector
The technology involves using different plant species to come up with a product Molepse Bio-resource oil/powder that protect stored grains against post-harvest pests through repellency and Mortality. The product is formulated from essential oils of different plant species that are available locally. Pest Mortality is noticeable within five minutes of fumigation while repellency is immediate. It has enabled reduce pest infestation and take control of health issues associated with synthetic pesticides. The cost of the technology is very low as the plants species grows naturally as shrubs and the highest population of them is in Africa. There are no synthetic chemical additives to the formulation.
Impact : Produced in 2015, the technology has been tested amongst over one hundred farmers and the results have been impressive. It has enabled them reduce pest infestation and take control of health issues associated with synthetic pesticides. The harvesting, drying and extraction of the oils takes approximately one week. Effectiveness of the applied oils starts immediately. Mortality is noticeable within five minutes while repellency is immediate.
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Wambugu Kamotho was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Wafalme Logistics & Transport Solutions LLC.
We develop software and web portals that help farmers & SME access transport and logistics solutions through the mobile digital devices. We also help small asset owners access business quickly via our Web Portal & App. Our Farmers & SMEs will request via app or web portal to have a transport solution. Our Asset owners in our data base nearest to our client carry out the duties assigned by the client, book the cargo and give out the quotation inclusive of Commission. Client is notified of all available assets in their location and the quotes given by the various asset owners. Client chooses the best quote, deposits the funds to Wafalme Accounts. Wafalme then disperses a 70% of the full amount to the asset owner and the remaining 30% once produce has reached the final destination and client is satisfied.
Impact : Developed in 2016, the Web Portal has been tested. 114 asset owners had already registered with us fully in the first Quarter of launching the Portal. Clients find it easier to trust our services rather than go through the hustle of getting Logistics Solutions. Our service Providers have with time built trust with our services even attracting the Chairman of the East African Driver League Mr. Hassan. Due to the unique needs of both our clients and service providers we’ve had to upgrade our earlier platform to a more stable and secure portal as we see the number of accounts growing significantly.
Mohammed Mukanda was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Sokosolar
Sokosolar is a modern Kiosk that has a solar panel, refrigeration system and power storage system aimed at providing cold storage for fruits and vegetables to minimize food loss and increase shelf life.
Impact : Introduced in 2016, the technology is still at idea stage. Its anticipated impact is minimized food waste, increased revenue and nutrition security. The Sokosolar gives farmers an opportunity to tap on free energy to store and maintain quality produce.
Mildred Awuor Tieno was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Meza Shamba
Meza Shamba is an online application solution that uses USSD and web-based application solution to provide logistics services. East African farmers are given a platform to access clients (restaurants) for best prices. Meza Shamba takes care of the postharvest transport challenges by providing transportation link between farmers and their clients (restaurants). Meza Shamba is designed to connect farmers with ready markets. Through the technology, farmers are encouraged to upload the product details in terms of weight and the type of product they are planning to sell. The details are then used to get the right client for the product.
Impact : Developed in 2016, we have so far been able to reach out to 6 restaurants within Kenya who have shown interest in using Meza Shamba. We are using the 6 restaurants as a market research and case study pool, utilizing their experience in using the current food distribution system. Meza Shamba is different from existing online market places because our services are specialized and we create a direct link between farmers and restaurants.
Edwin Mshila was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Milk Quality Based Payment
This is a software that tests the quality of milk cost-effectively to increase the incentive to provide quality milk.
Impact : In 2013, after almost ten years of continuous development, the software was piloted and tested in various sectors in Kenya. In 2014 it was integrated with the lactoscan, a device that ultrasonically tests a number of parameters (e.g. Butter fat, lactose, Protein, Density, Temperature, PH, etc) and generates info such as bonus, commission, fines, warnings, etc. The combination of a lactoscan and the software form a Milk Quality Based Payment. Eldoville Limited observed that the adulteration of milk by water stopped as soon as farmers realized that they could measure milk density and correct payment for it. In 2015 a company, named eProd Solutions Limited was registered to commercialize the software. Currently 65 companies in Kenya and Uganda are using the software and about 250,000 smallholders are benefiting. The company recently entered Tanzania and will expand to Rwanda and Burundi.
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Patrick Kaberia was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Wa-Jiko Solar Drier
Wa-Jiko is a solar powered drier used for drying and storing perishable foods like fruits and vegetables in controlled temperatures. The gadget is connected to a temperature regulator which adjusts temperatures depending on the nature and type of fruits and vegetables stored. It is also connected to a mobile app that enables remote monitoring and regulation. It comprises of two chambers; one for drying and the other for storage as well as an additional cabinet for raw materials. The device is available in 3 sizes: large, medium and small. The technology ensures availability of fruits and vegetables all year round.
Impact : Produced in 2015, it was tested for 6 months amongst 4 families and one university laboratory. The families were able to store and consume fruits and vegetables for a longer time. Consequently, there was availability of fruits and vegetables all year round.
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Antonio Innocent Mudong’i was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Moist Air Perishable Food Crop Commodity Store.
This is a mud-walled, grass thatched store that is set below ground level. It relies on soil cooling properties (through radiation). The base has an air inlet. The floor and shelves are made of galvanized wire mesh allowing the free flow of cold moist air and provision of a chilly environment. The technology mainly addresses storage.
Impact : The technology elongates the product shelf life of fresh produce. Since its inception, the Moist Air Perishable Food Crop Commodity Store technology has benefited more than 30 horticultural farmers and traders in Kitale and Juja regions of Kenya. We have three functional stores so far. The store can preserve 67kgs of tomatoes, 50kgs of avocadoes, 90kgs of bananas, 20kgs of cabbage and 30kgs of kales per square meter for 4-20 days.
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Dorothy Otieno was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
This is a mobile diesel powered fruit processing unit that converts fruits into various fruit products at farm-gate level. It curbs fruit loss and waste by converting the fruits to other products and increasing their shelf life. It also addresses the logistical movement of products challenge.
Impact : Developed in mid-2016, the technology processes an average of 150 kg of fruits into fruit puree per hour. The technology is projected to impact over 3,000 farmers and 15,000 livelihoods.
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Lorine Nanjala from TREK Science Ltd was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology: Biological Insecticide
The technology is an easy-to-use, effective, biodegradable and environmentally friendly biological insecticide that targets maize-destroying insects in granaries and silos without harm to the end-user. It consists of artificial pellets that lure insects, intoxicate and kill them. The technology addresses the challenge of postharvest grain losses due to damage by storage insect pests.
Impact : Produced in 2015, it has not been field tested but laboratory tested with 2 sample sizes of 750 pests. In the first sample, over 80% of the pests were killed. 60% of the pests in the second sample had deterred feeding. The active compounds within the insecticide were tested for 21 days and demonstrated potency against the target pests in the said period.