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» Training on EMS at KEBS office in Nairobi
Date: 15/05/2019

The first training on Enviromental Management System (EMS) is held at KEBS office in Nairobi since Monday 13 May 2019.

The selected MSMES learn about Environmental concepts and Challenges, Certification Process among other things.
The objective of the HORTI-GREEN project is to certify against ISO 14001 standard 50 MSMEs by June 2021.

Let us hope the best for our trainees!

» The MSMEs of the HORTI-GREEN project take part in the World Environmental Day
Date: 14/05/2019

The MSMEs of the HORTI-GREEN project take part in the World Environmental Day on 5 June 2019.

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

This year will be on the theme of air pollution. The HORTI-GREEN project is taking part of the action to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time.

The consortium presented to the MSMEs how they can make changes in their daily lives to reduce air pollution, which in turn can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit people’s health too.

On 5 June 2019, let’s Beat Air Pollution !

» Capacity building of Horticultural MSMEs towards SCP practices and Inclusive green economy
Date: 16/04/2019

The HORTI-GREEN project is organizing several capacity buildings towards SCP practices and Inclusive green economy for horticultural processing MSMEs.
On April 29, the workshop will be held in Kakamega, on May 2 in Nyeri and on May 3 in Nairobi.

A special focus will be made on water efficiency and waste management in order to adopt sustainable practices.
The consortium is pleased to count on the participation of Ms. R. Mumbo from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.

More information and reservation: hortigreenkenya@gmail.com.

» Supporting the transition towards an inclusive green economy
Date: 04/04/2019

The HORTI-GREEN project is pleased to invite all financing institutions interested to our upcoming "Supporting the transition towards an inclusive Green economy" Conference, which will take place on the 22nd of May 2019 in Nairobi from 08:00 am to 12:00 am at the Golden Tulip Westlands Nairobi Hotel.

The conference will be facilitated by Lucy Muchoki (CEO) and Andrew Omariba (Head of business development) from the Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance.

Invitation card HERE.
More information and reservation: hortigreenkenya@gmail.com.

» Call for a Green Finance Expert
Date: 31/01/2019

In the framework of the HORT-GREEN project, we are looking for a Green Finance Expert.
The expert will lead a capacity building for financial institutions on SCP investment with a special focus on teaching how to handle green accounts to overcome institutional aversion to risk in new project.
The workshop will be aimed at sensitizing financing institutions on the fundamentals of green finance, sharing with them the financial constraints identified in the horticultural processing industry with a special focus on horticultural processors MSMEs’ needs and showing the potential of green investment for Kenya.
Please find here all the documents for the call of a Green Finance Expert for the HORTI-GREEN project.
- Compressed with 7-Zip (.7z) HERE.
- Compressed with Winrar (.rar) HERE.

The call is open until the 4th of March 2019
More information at hortigreenkenya@gmail.com.

» Workshop in Nairobi
Date: 21/12/2018

On the 15th of December, at the college of agriculture of the University of Nairobi the HORTI-GREEN consortium continued its activities of capacity building to the MSMEs. With the objective of improving the environmental, social and economic performance of the horticultural processing sector in Kenya, the participants were trained on best Sustainable Consumption and Production practices. Also the MSMEs were trained on EMS in order to improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and trust of the stakeholders.

» Workshop in Nyeri County
Date: 21/12/2018

The HORTI-GREEN project was presented on the 14th of December 2018 in Nyeri. The consortium continued its activities of capacity building to the MSMEs. The participants were trained on best SCP practices for the horticultural processing sector. As it is becoming increasingly important to achieve sound environmental performance by controlling the impact of an organizations activities, products or services on the environment, the MSMEs were also trained on EMS.

» Workshop in Vihiga County
Date: 21/12/2018

On the 10th of December the consortium organized a capacity building workshop in Vihiga County. The participants learnt about the HORTI-GREEN project and reinforced their skills on SCP practices with a special focus on energy efficiency in the horticultural processing industry. Moreover, the MSMEs learnt about Environmental Management System and certification ISO14001. Hopefully, the workshop encourage the MSMEs to have better environmental performance.

» Launch of Phase II Grants and Phase I Survey of Switch Africa Green in Kenya
Date: 28/06/2018

The launch of phase II of Switch Africa Green Grants in Kenya took place on June 18th and 19th 2018 at the Laico Hotel in Nairobi.
The participants were members of the Kenya National Technical Coordination Committee, the project grantees and MSMEs as the final beneficiaries of the project in Kenya. Specifically, each grantee of phase I attended with 30% of their beneficiary MSMEs.
The main objective was to bring the grantees and beneficiaries of phase I and II to share lessons and experiences as well as explore areas of synergy and complementarity. We took the opportunity to discuss success, challenges and opportunities for green business development in Kenya, and to present the HORTI-GREEN project.
More information on the Switch Africa Green projects in Kenya here.

» Workshop with the MSMEs at the University of Nairobi
Date: 28/06/2018

On June 20th 2018, the University of Nairobi hosted a workshop with MSMEs in order to present the HORTI-GREEN project, to encourage them to get involve, to network and to get information.
This Workshop brought together the project partners (Sustalde, University of Nairobi, Consumer Information Network and the Kenya Bureau of Standards), some horticultural processing MSMEs, business intermediaries and service providers with the aim of presenting the HORTI-GREEN project. The workshop objective was also to involve the MSMEs in the project and to increase the willingness of the target group to adopt SCP practices.
The different presentations were followed by round tables with MSMEs in order to collect information on environmental, economic and social hotspots of the horticultural processing industry and to identify the needs of the target group.

» HORTI-GREEN kick-off meeting with the project partners at the University of Nairobi
Date: 27/06/2018

The Kick-off meeting was held on June 20th 2018 at the college of agriculture and veterinary sciences of the University of Nairobi with all the We put the HORTI-GREEN project partners: Fundación Sustalde, University of Nairobi, Consumer Information Network and the Kenya Bureau of Standards).
The main objective of this meeting was to work on the project activities altogether and do some high-level planning.
We put the HORTI-GREEN project in motion and got off to a good start!

» The first workshop of the HORTI-GREEN Project will take place on the 20th June 2018 at the University of Nairobi
Date: 07/06/2018

The first workshop of the HORTI-GREEN Project will be held the 20th June 2018 at University of Nairobi (UoN) in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop will be mainly targeted at horticultural processing MSMEs and business intermediaries with the aim of achieving the following objectives: (1) to present the HORTI-GREEN, (2) to explain MSMEs the benefits reaped from SCP practices and ISO 14001 implementation so as to increase their willingness to adopt SCP approaches; (3) to collect information on current environmental, economic and social hotspots of the Kenyan horticultural processing industry; and (4) to identify the needs of the target groups. The workshop will combine presentations made by speakers from SUSTALDE, UoN, CIN and KEBS with roundtables and questionnaires. Registration is free of charge, if interested please write an email to m.villacampa@sustalde.org.

» Consumer Information Network took part in the Workshop on Small-Scale Ticket Financing for Environmental Technologies
Date: 23/05/2018

Consumer Information Network took part in the "Workshop on Small-Scale Ticket Financing for Environmental Technologies: Alternative Financing Methods, Risk Management and Cash-Flow Modelling" organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel Nairobi, January 30th.

The workshop presented various financing options available to Kenyan companies while including the financial sector perspective to close the gap between potential financiers and private projects to be financed.

A special focus of the workshop was put on contracting, which is a service for companies in which a servicing company plans, builds and maintains a climate technology adaption measure and realizes returns through the savings incurred on industrial scale.

This workshop marks the sixth event of 2017’s “German Embassy Green Economy Cycle (GEGEC)”, a series of events in cooperation with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya. The series brings together experts from private sector, industry practitioners and academia to develop a perspective on more sustainable economic practices.

» SUSTALDE leads the HORTI-GREEN project in Kenya
Date: 20/05/2018

SUSTALDE leads the project, "Inclusive Green Horticultural Processing Sector in Kenya", approved in the 2017 Call of the Switch Africa Green Programme.

The HORTI-GREEN project, which has an overall duration of 42 months, aims at fostering the adoption of SCP practices in the Kenyan horticultural processing industry in order to support the transformation towards an inclusive green economy which generates growth, creates jobs and reduces poverty.

The project will target 300 Kenyan horticultural processing MSMEs and eco-entrepreneurs, 20 Business intermediaries and service providers, 15 financing institutions, consumer organizations & individual consumers, and Governmental institutions & local authorities, to equip them with the necessary knowledge and tools to promote and adopt SCP practices and seize green economy opportunities

The project seeks to decrease water consumption, to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions, and to minimize wastewater and solid waste generation, at the time that the use of raw materials is optimized by the MSMEs adopting sustainable production approaches. More specifically, it is expected to achieve an average reduction of 8% in energy consumption (kWh per ton of product), 16% of water consumption (m3 per ton of product) and 21% of waste generation (tons of waste per ton of product). Other remarkable technological impacts of the action include: (i) the transference of technological knowledge from EU to Kenya; (ii) the strengthening of the service delivery sector’s knowledge in SCP mechanisms and practices; (iii) and the increase in the number of certified MSMEs in the Kenyan horticultural sector.