Cardno presents the final Climate Information Prize award in Kenya
Since 2015, UK Aid financing, through Cardno’s Climate Information Prize (CIP), has been rewarding Kenyan innovators and climate change resilience champions for their efforts, pushing them to continue their hard work to achieve even more.
The team have awarded their final and most lucrative prize yet, the Tekeleza prize, to Farmers Pride. The CEO of Farmers Pride Samuel Munguti commented, “The Tekeleza Prize to us means renewed energy and inspiration to continue refining our climate information solution…adding more value to our communities.”
The UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) funded the programme, awarding cash prizes to institutions that innovate and instigate new ideas for the protection against climate change in rural Kenya.
Farmers Pride were rewarded for their nuanced use of up-to-date and real-time climate information which helps target communities build resistance to climate change. This means protecting crops, roads and infrastructure, building for the future and breeding confidence in rural areas.
Competition was tough with 18 entry reports being analysed by an independent panel of judges. Many entries demonstrated their understanding and emphasis on mobile phone apps, tailored radio broadcasting, online platforms, and even weather monitoring systems, all in the name of spreading awareness and vital climate change information.
Kenyan distributors Farmers Pride, target smallholder farmers with franchised local one stop shops, delivering inputs and services across all seasons, directly and positively influencing rural farming villages and families. Two years ago they started including climate information as part of their services. It was their franchise model coupled with their passion and knowledge that won them this prestigious award.
Through this model they have created a network of modern goods and service providers to teach local farmers new ways to fight climate change and protect their investments. This includes the use of certified drought resistance crops, state of the art soil testing kits, and creative conservation tactics like lime based crop specific fertiliser that ensures healthy, sustainable soil.
The Tekeleza prize money has opened up more doors for them.
Mr Munguti continues, “With the prize money we shall take Farmers Pride to 40 more rural communities in the next two years…this will directly impact 80,000 rural farming populations who will receive access to the right inputs, services and information.”
Cardno is proud to be part of these initiatives that help communities across Africa.