The first place of the Tambua Prize went to Daniel Mbeyah of SmartAg. Daniel received GBP 1000 during an award ceremony that was presided over by Pamela Kaithuru of the Kenya Meteorological Department on behalf of the director. The ceremony was held on 30th November 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.
“This prize is a great honour to me,” an ecstatic Daniel remarked. “It is an indication of the viability of my innovation to improve lives of vulnerable Kenyans by enhancing access to climate information,” he added.
Mr. Mbeyah’s innovation named SmartAg uses web and mobile (SMS and voice) technologies to avail real-time weather and agronomic data to extension officers and farmers. This enables them to improve precision of farming and allowing ample time to mitigate against risks posed by erratic weather patterns. The platform also provides a monitoring tool that incorporates weather and agronomy in computing the growth stage of a crop and gives pointers on disease and pests to watch out for depending on growth stage and prevailing weather.
“This innovation, which is currently focused in Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu counties, will enable farmers to adopt best farming practices for increased yields,” Mr. Mbeya revealed.
Ms. Kaithuru, while presiding over the Tambua Award Ceremony, noted that the innovation will transform farming practices among farmers to build sustainable livelihoods.
“When farmers access climate information, including advisories and use this information to make decisions, their ability to adapt and build resilience is increased,” noted Ms. Kaithuru
Tambua Prize, which is one of the prizes of the Climate Information Prize, sought to identify, recognise and award those entrepreneurs whose innovations are enabling the vulnerable access climate information to help them take adaptive measures and build resilient and sustainable livelihoods.
Nicki Spence, the Climate Information Prize Manager, Cardno Emerging Markets, indicated the role of the prize as seeking to promote innovation to enhance access and usability of climate information by the vulnerable to improve their adaptability to climate change to improve their quality of life.
“Climate Information Prize awards innovations in climate information as one of the ways to spur innovations towards enhancing access and use of climate information by communities vulnerable to climate variability,” Ms. Spence revealed.
To select the winning innovations, Tambua Prize opened for nomination of innovations, where Over 25 entrepreneurs were nominated for the Prize. These nominations went for public online voting. The top seven nominees that received the highest number of votes made presentations to a panel of judges that determined the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, who will received cash prizes of GBP 1000, 850, 700 respectively. The four runners up received a cash prize of GBP 500 each. A total of GBP 4550 was awarded to the innovators.
The winners were as follows:
|1st Place||Daniel Mbeyah||SmartAg||1000 GBP|
|2nd Place||Magdalene Kaitei||Emayian Organization||850 GBP|
|3rd Place||Mercy Agosa||MuKame||700 GBP|
|Four runners up|
|Calistus Wachana||Climate information Service Delivery||Meteorological Department||500 GBP|
|Benjamin Bahati||Dissemination of Climate information||Meteorological Department||500 GBP|
|Emily Ouko||Wiser Western||Care International||500 GBP|
|Charles N. Ng’ang’a||Visoi Ward Climate Information Services||500 GBP|
The award ceremony also provided an opportunity for stakeholders in the climate sub-sector to learn, network and showcase their innovations. The ceremony was attended by stakeholders from the climate sub-subsector including government represented by Kenya Meteorological Department, United Nations agencies, international and local development organisations, academia and private sector player.
“The forum provides you with an opportunity to deliberate on the importance of climate information and hopefully propose best strategies to improve availability and use of climate information by vulnerable communities in Kenya,” noted Beatrice Kinyanjui, Regional Director, Cardno Emerging Markets in her welcoming remarks. “You will also have an opportunity to learn about the various, network with stakeholders and learn more about out Tekeleza Prize,” she added.
The Climate Information Prize is funded by UK aid, in partnership with the Kenya Meteorological Department and implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets, Camco Clean Energy under the Ideas to Impact programme. The Tambua Prize is the second prize after the Wazo Prize that was awarded in April 2016 for ideas that have the potential to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the effects of the climate. The next and largest prize will be the Tekeleza Prize that will award innovations that will have helped target communities to build resilience to climate change. It will be awarded on 2018 and winner of first place will walk away with KSh. 20 million.