Idea Worth Kshs. 1.5 Million That Can Help Communities
The 1st place Wazo Prize winner has been selected! Sam Owilly received his Kshs. 1,500,000 cash prize from James Kongoti, Director of the Kenya Meteorological Department at the Climate Information Prize Conference in Nairobi.
Mr. Owilly’s idea dubbed, Virtual Platform for Agro-Weather Advisory Services (Pawa-Farm), is an innovative Virtual Agro-weather Advisory Platform which aims to provide timely, relevant and usable weather and climate information to farmers.
“This is the world’s first Climate Information Prize for ideas that have the potential to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the effects of the climate. The aim of the conference is to showcase the top 13 ideas submitted for the USD$ 82,500 Wazo Prize,” said Nicki Spence, Prize Manager, Cardno Emerging Markets.
Rachel Gikanga, a judge for the Climate Information Prize noted, “Climate information prize has opened doors for a new thinking, an innovative way of facilitating not only sustainable development but a resilient one as well.”
Mr Owilly explained that his concept includes information on agronomic advisories. “This is modelled in line with the projected weather/climate conditions to enable farmers to make informed decisions and improve farm management practices under conditions of climate risk.”
Of the 115 submissions, only thirteen made it to the top of the list. The contestants were invited to pitch their ideas to the judging panel to make their case on the viability of their idea. Below is the full list of winners and their cash prizes.
|First Place||Sam Owilly||Kshs. 1,500,000||Pawa Farm|
|Second Place||Denis Odera||Kshs. 1,000,000||We Farm|
|Third Place||Grace Mativo||Kshs. 750,000||Kyamatu Climate Smart Village|
|Daniel Murgor||Kshs. 500,000||I-Farm|
|Serah Kyalo||Kshs. 500,000||Mukingi CBO Cereals, Pulses & Grass Seed Production|
|Flora Nzambuli||Kshs. 500,000||Flora & Partners Livestock Fattening EnterprisesBusiness|
|Arafat Mukasa||Kshs.500, 000||Mobiaas|
|Berlyne Ogonji||Kshs. 500,000||Climate Information for Improved Crop Production|
|Jacqueline Orme||Kshs. 500,000||‘Drink-able solutions’ – to predict and harvest rainfall|
|Nicholas Ozor||Kshs. 500,000||Improving Climate Resilience and Land Productivity Using Land Info Mobile App Technology|
|Magdalene Kaitei||Kshs. 500,000||Improving access to climate information with a view of enhancing pastoralism among the Masai people|
|Charles N. Ng’ang’a||Kshs. 500,000||Visoi Ward Climate Information Services|
|Edward Odindo||Kshs. 500,000||Eco-Frontier Climate Smart Agricultural Centre|
We received an overwhelming 115 excellent ideas targeting 36 counties in Kenya. Among those only 16 percent were from women while 84 percent of submissions were from men, however 46% of the final winners were women. This means that 37.5% of the women that applied to the Wazo Prize received a cash award.
The Wazo Prize is the first prize of its kind to be introduced and funded by UK Aid. The competition is managed by Cardno Emerging Markets (EA) Limited on behalf of the UK Aid Ideas to Impact Programme. The prize awards cash prizes for innovative solutions using climate information to help the vulnerable.