Organization

UKULIMA TECH LTD

Team Leader

ELIZABETH ONYANGO

Initiative

New initiative (startup)

Vertical farming technology is a climate-smart agriculture concept whose approach helps to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate. The initiative aims to tackle three main objectives: sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes adapting and building resilience to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This is achieved through designing and installing vertical farming technology.

With many of the resources needed for sustainable food security already stretched the food security challenges are huge. At the same time climate change is already negatively impacting agricultural production globally and locally. Climate risks are also expected to increase in the coming decades. The initiative therefore exploit she opportunities for reducing climate risks particularly in areas where adaptive capacity is weaker. The technology has also created a platform for interaction through the integration of a mobile application system which enables the end user to monitor climatic conditions of different regions and provide information to farmers on which crops can be best planted in which regions and the particular timing. The initiative responds to the aims of Tekeleza through: Adapting and building resilience to climate change.

The mobile application provides climate data which in turn gives communities confidence in choosing when best to plant and which crops and varieties. This results in a reduced rate of crop loss (due to multiple replanting) and improved harvests. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is facilitated through adoption of best farming management practices that reduces the use of chemical pesticides and insecticides. Increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy is also assured through use of solar energy to power garden automation and irrigation systems. The technology further avoids deforestation from agriculture| expansion of agricultural land and increased mechanization. Reduces agriculture contribution to climate change. Vertical farming increases farm resiliency to extreme weather and climate variability through adoption of best management practices for climate change adaptation.

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