ITIP 2019 Top 3
The ITIP 2019 concluded the yearlong program during the 15th IREN Bukura Trade and Culture Fair held at the Golf Hotel Kakamega Between on 28th and 29th November 2019. Out of the more than 200 applicants that applied at the beginning of the year, 25 innovations were selected to showcase their innovations during the Trade and Culture Fair. The innovators were able to exhibit their innovations to the over 300 guests that attended the 2 day fair. Innovators were taken through an accelerator training on pitching, they participated in 2 rounds of pitching with the top 10 being eligible to pitch on day 2 for the chance to get the top 3 award.
The ITIP 2019 was able to award all finalist innovators for their innovation and performance during the program. All innovators received feedback from the judges on their innovations for the purpose of improving their innovations. In total 28 participants received certificates and T-shirts as a token of appreciation for participating in the year long program. The top 3 innovators also received plaques in appreciation of their innovations.
The top 3 innovators were:
Innovation: Digital Community warehouse receipt system
High inefficiencies in the agriculture sector, disjointed produce markets and poor post-harvest handling techniques
A Community Warehouse Receipt System (C-WRS) is a storage point where farmers supply chain logistics are addressed. A digital warehouse receipt system allows farmers to keep their produce and buyers can search for them using this app-like tool developed by farmers.
Lavinton Ochieng Ouma
Innovation: Automated irrigation system
High costs of running existing greenhouses makes it difficult for farmers to adopt. Modernizing the existing greenhouses will reduce the time consumed in production and operational costs as the farmer will not hire more workers.
This greenhouse is equipped with this sensors; temperature sensor, humidity sensors, water sensors and also alongside are a backup solar panel that would power the greenhouse in case of power outage.
Eric Otieno Opondo
Innovation: Website based Information Center
Local farmers lack support systems and technologies to plan, schedule their farms activities and diagnose farm challenges. Due to lack of such support, data and equipment to guide production processes many farmers make untimely decision thus hindering their crop, livestock and fisheries output
The village hub is an information, data and aggregation center that aims to make extension support, data and equipment readily available to small holder farmers