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Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) Project was a response of NETFUND on behalf of the Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) to support green initiatives through its dynamic incubation model.

The project is ongoing and is funded by USAID – KES 45,500,000. The project took on a practical hands-on approach and customized the service to the priorities of the selected innovations that involved both technical and business support. The multi-stage incubation programme also entailed matching of “Teams of Experts” comprising of specialized technical experts and business advisors and technical institutions with the selected innovators to support the refinement of the technologies with an aim of transforming them into bankable green enterprises.

The main activities undertaken are:

1. THE GREEN CHARCOAL CARBONIZATION KILN

The installation process of the kilns has been finalized and involved the setup of the following different components of the kilns: Outer furnace, inner carbonization pots, combustion systems, scrubbing/ purification system, electric hoisting system and the emissions monitoring system. The innovator, Home Health Solutions Ltd. (producer of the Green Charcoal brand), is planning to produce 100 tons of biomass from Mathenge for trial test-runs to be undertaken in quarter 4 (Sept to Dec 2018).

2. SOYA VALUE CHAIN ADDITION PROJECT

All the machines for the soya processing plant were fabricated locally. Out of the 6 machines, 5 have already been transported and installed in the processing facility as outlined below, with only the semi-automated filling unit being the remaining machine to be assembled on site.

  • Oil expeller fitted with roasting heaters for squeezing oil from seeds such as soybean, peanut, sunflower seed etc.
  • Dewatering, vibrating sieve for sand washing and cleaning soybeans/ peanuts/ sunflower seeds and other cereals.
  • Stainless steel cooking oil reservoir tank.
  • Drum type soya bean roaster.
  • Commercial Soybean Boiling Machine.

In addition to these projects, three more projects as highlighted below have been selected for support:

  • Determining the Potential of Recycling Rice Husks into Particle Boards in Kirinyaga County.
  • Determining the potential of sweet sorghum stalks as an alternative feedstock for bioethanol production.
  • Recycling of waste Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastics as raw material for developing building materials.

3. THE INVESTORS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

NETFUND held its second annual investors’ conference and exhibition at the University of Nairobi on March 7, 2018. The NETFUND investors’ conference and exhibitions was held as a major side event of the Nairobi Innovations Week (NIW). 
The Nairobi Innovation Week is an annual 5 day event that has turned out to be one of the largest innovation events within the East African region. The event attracted among others a host of innovation hubs, students from across the education divide and other relevant innovation ecosystem players. The week-long event also offered opportunities for regional, continental and global exhibitors to display and demonstrate their innovation services and products to the public. It also offered a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences therefore enabling learning and knowledge sharing.