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​KENYA DRYLAND CHAMPION 2013: Cummins Co-Generation LTD

​Name of the awardee ​ Cummins Co- Generation Kenya LTD
​Place in the country where the activity took place ​ Margat in Baringo County
​Activity summary
This is a local company operating in Kenya registered in 2010 and in the process of getting all the necessary approvals and licenses to operate in Kenya. It main activity will be using woody biomass from Prosopis juliflora referred locally as mathenge is categorized as invasive species in Kenya to generate electricity (12MW). It will also use other agro-residues and forestry wastes which are in plenty in the area. Their operation area is Margat in Baringo which is a Semi Arid area. Prososis has spread in this and other areas of the country to an alarming level. The communities living in affected areas have asked the government to assist tame it to no success.  The have even sued the government for introducing the species in their environment. Therefore the benefit of using the plant for generating electricity will have many benefits to the economy. It would produce the highly needed energy to be used at all levels of the economy. It will also enhance livelihoods since the community will get employment and supply the raw material to the generating factory. The technology which is planned to be used is called Biomass integrated Gasification Combine Cycle (BIGCC).
Contact person: Yash Krishna – Managing Director
​Web-page address Not available

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​Name of the awardee ​ Cabesi
​Place in the country where the activity took place ​ Pokot County-Kenya

​Activity summary




Cabesi is a self help group in the North Rift and was started in 2004. It main objective is to make use of natural resources to benefit of the local community with special focus on women. They carry out Camels raring, Bee keeping and silk harvesting. Other components are Cabesi clubs in schools, Jatropha farming and Malaria campaigns.
For income generating, the honey programme has been the most successful and important. A chain from the producer to the user has been established with over 4000 beneficiaries and a honey turn over of 40 tons per year (besides the other bee products), entering the national and international markets.
With Camel centre, Cabesi promotes in the semi-arid lands of Pokot and Turkana region to enhance environmental conservation, food security and peace.
The farmers have been trained through ICIPE support on most of the skills to run the businesses. Skills in bee keeping, honey harvesting, modern beehives (Langstroth), honey storage and packaging and production of other bee products (bee wax and propolis). Other skills are production of sun-dried mangos, bead art. The money from these products is channeled to school fees, medical health, stocking of livestock, digging of latrines (sanitation), construction of houses, etc.
Cabesi emerged to be a full development programme out of the initial project. Calabash is a newly opened hotel/restaurant in the border Turkana as a peace initiative (financed by Kitchen Without Borders), followed at the same area with a Camel Centre (financed by CDTF) to promote camel husbandry for environmental conservation and food security and a bee research centre to study bee health as a part of a bigger research in Africa.
Contact person: Rolf Gloor – Project Leader
​Web-page address Not available

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​Name of the awardee ​ Tajeu Kenya 
​Place in the country where the activity took place ​ Kenya
​Activity summary
The project was started in 1987 as a family initiative mainly as a tree seedling supplier to the neighbouring community. The family established a tree nursery supported by the County Council of Narok. The family was motivated by the move by the community to clear large farms to grow wheat by cutting down all the indigenous tress and also burning charcoal. The objectives of their initiative was to i) Encourage tree planting on farms; ii) Protecting indigenous species of trees and shrubs for medicinal and ornamental use iii) encouraging planting of tree on steep slopes, water catchments, riverines and hills.
So far they have supplied most of the seedlings planted in this area especially indigenous tree. They have also been involved in collecting refuse for recycling within the urban area. The manager also writes articles to local media touching on environmental conservation and awareness. He has been lobbying through local media for environmental conservation. He has supported education programmes in schools as well as supplying seedlings.
The three were awarded certificates of recognition for the efforts in conservation of the drylands and also enhancement of livelihoods in the drylands in Kenya. The three were selected by a team of committees formed in their respective counties from a list of other applicants. They attended the celebrations of the World Day to Combat Desertification held on 17th June 2013 at A.I.C Cheptebo Rural Development Centre in Keiyo South District, Elgeyo Marakwet County. The Chief Guest at the event was the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources ably represented by the Environment Secretary Dr Alice Kaudia. 2500 seedlings were planted in 8 schools in the neighbourhood while 50 seedlings were planted at the ceremony by all the dignitaries who included the UNDP country representative.
The host community group AIC Cheptebo centre was awarded Ksh 400,000.00 to support their operations in conserving the environment and enhancing community livelihood. The money was donated by the Nationals Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND)
Contact person: Solomon T. Naanyu – Director
​Web-page address Not available

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