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» How sustainable is your company?
Date: 30/07/2020

Successful SCP practices have been compiled in a tool of best SCP practices, which allows MSMEs to obtain a diagnosis of their sustainability performance by looking at their current production processes (resources consumption, types of processing, staff data, etc.).
The document also provides MSMEs with suggestions on the most suitable SCP practices to improve their environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Have a look at the publication:
How sustainable is your company? A guide to conduct an environmental diagnosis in Horticultural processing MSMEs

» Fifth newsletter - June 2020
Date: 17/06/2020

The HORTI-GREEN Consortium is pleased to publish the 5th newsletter of the action.

You will learn about the last capacity buildings and trainings on Environmental Management System and green business plan for SCP investments among the kenyan horticultural procesing industry, on the visits to the MSMEs, and on the following of the consortium despite the COVID19 situation.

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» Online follow up on the Hortigreen progresses
Date: 26/05/2020

Despite the movement restrictions caused by COVID19, the Hortigreen team is committed to support horticultural processing MSMEs who are struggling during this period.
Access to raw material is challenging, movement restrictions can difficult staff venue, closure of bars and restaurant reduce sells, Kenyan horticultural processing MSMEs are facing a lot of challenges now. This result in a drop in production of 50 to 70%.
Nevertheless, the so called new normal is to be built now and adoption of sustainable practices is a must. So the MSMEs enrolled in the project are keeping on adopting SCP practices and implementing Environmental Management System to ensure green growth.

» Earth Day 2020
Date: 22/04/2020

Today 22 April 2020 it is Earth Day.
By giving assistance in the adoption of SCP practices to horticulatural processing MSMEs, the HORTIGREEN project believes that everyone can make a difference. Even if we are tackling another challenge right now, we are not dropping the ball in Climate Change mitigation. Climate Action can help to build a healthier and Sustainable Future

Let us adopt SCP practices and seize Green Economy opportunities!
Happy Earth Day 2020

» Because we all have to Stay Safe to Be Green
Date: 22/03/2020

The HORTIGREEN project, dedicated to promoting sustainable practices in the Kenyan Horticultural Processing sector, is concerned about how COVID-19 is threatening so many people, including the communities we work with here in Kenya.

Since last week, the HORTIGREEN team has been working remotely and will do so until the COVID-19 situation gets better. The HORTIGREEN team will continue to carry out its important work to every extent possible and stand ready to address concerns, especially for the MSMEs whose work may be affected by illness or closings.

Because we cannot be green if we are not safe, follow five simple steps from the World Health Organization to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
1. Wash your hands
2. Cough/sneeze into your elbow
3. Do not touch your face
4. Stay more than 3ft (1m) away from others
5. Stay home if you feel sick

Be safe

» Green Finance
Date: 11/03/2020

After the "How to write a Green Business Plan" training, the "How to sell it to financing institutions" training in Kisumu, Kenya.
We thanks all the participating MSMEs, and Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives for sharing their knowledge within the HORTI-GREEN project.
Next step, B2B meeting between MSMEs and financing institutions to strengthen linkages and promote direct dialogue(crossed fingers).

» Welcome on board Exotic EPZ Ltd
Date: 11/03/2020

It is never too late be green!
We welcome on board the company Exotic EPZ, the company is led by a dynamic trio of Kenyan ladies who are passionate and purposeful about creating sustainable and inclusive agribusiness value chains.
The company s goal is to have an organisation that have a positive impact on small holder farmers – in large numbers – and which creates opportunities for growth in incomes for themselves and their families.
On the picture, the remedial course on SCP practices, EMS and green finance for the company to come on board the HORTI-GREEN project.

» SWITCH Africa Green Regional Meeting
Date: 28/02/2020

SWITCH Africa Green programme is designed to support 7 countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda) in Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns.
The programme aims to turn environmental challenges into opportunities based on the understanding that an inclusive green economy is at the core of sustainable development and has multiple benefits next to environmental protection, notably growth and jobs creation, poverty reduction, economic diversification, and income generation. The programme focuses on key enablers for the transition, including access to green financing, enabling policies and standards, circular practices, awareness and skills on ecoentrepreneurship, and innovative solutions.

To ensure replication and scaling-up of green business in Africa, a regional framework on advancing green business and circular economy is a pathway to the achievement of a green economy. It is against this backdrop that SWITCH Africa Green organised a regional meeting to discuss the avenues and approaches to implementing circular economy and scaling up green business in Africa. The HORTI-GREEN project actively participate in the regional meeting in Kampala, Uganda.

» Video of the HORTI-GREEN project
Date: 28/02/2020

The HORTI-GREEN project has improved the Sustainable Consumption and Production Practices in the MSMEs through trainings and technical support on water and energy efficiency, on waste management, on green finance and on the implementation of an Environmental Management System in the companies.

Check out the presentation of the HORTI-GREEN project and 2 testimonials from beneficiaries.

» Analysis of consumers' point of view regarding sustainability in Kenya
Date: 20/02/2020

Consumers are faced with two common challenges at the ‘what-to-buy’ phase. The first challenge is the limited access to sustainable products and services, as well as a lack of knowledge about green products. The second challenge is the low confidence due to lack of transparency and credibility on the products or services.
Moreover, the recent proliferation of ecolabels, voluntary standards and certification marks across the globe in all sectors has resulted in confusion within industry and among consumers, as there is a lack of consensus as to what constitutes a ‘reliable’ claim.

A survey analysis focusing on deeper insight into Kenyan consumers’ awareness and behaviours towards more sustainable consumption has been conducted.

The full report can be found HERE

» Infografic on energy and water use in the MSMEs
Date: 10/02/2020

Little survey by College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences of the University of Nairobi on where the MSMEs part of the HORTI-GREEN project are regarding energy and water use efficiency.

In general, all of the enterprises have adopted a majority of simple housekeeping measures to achieve energy and water use efficiency. 100% of the respondents interviewed indicated that they switch off lights when not in use, 89.3% practice regular preventive maintenance of equipment, 89.3% indicated that they practice proper loading and operation of equipment, 71.4% use signage and guides to remind staff on good practice, 86% use energy efficient bulbs, 100% of the respondents use natural light during the day.

Regarding water conservation practices, the respondents indicated their responses as follows: 97% turn off taps when not in use, 79% reuse water where possible, 82% use dry cleaning methods to clean equipment and surfaces, 86% indicated that they inspect and replace faulty valves and fittings, 82% inspect water connection points for leakages and promptly repair any identified leakages.

The specific objective of the HORTI-GREEN is that by the end of the project the energy consumption will be reduced by 8%, the water consumption by 16% and the waste generation by 21%.

» Technical assistance on green business plan in Embu
Date: 30/01/2020

6 Kenyan Horticultural Processing MSMEs are receiving technical assistance to develop Green Business Plans for SCP investments.

The Business Plans for SCP investments are based on the triple-bottom-line approach measuring the success of the SCP investment according to the expected impacts on people, on the planet and the expected generation of profit. This way MSMEs are able to demonstrate that the proposal is economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially just.

The ultimate goal of the development of these green business plans is to present them to financial institutions in order to obtain sources of funding for investing in energy, water, GHG emissions and waste reduction and recycling measures in the horticultural processing industry.

» The HORTI-GREEN consortium wishes you a Merry Christmas
Date: 20/12/2019

The HORTI-GREEN consortium wishes you a Merry Christmas.
We are very grateful for all the wonderful green moments we have share with you

Let us Switch Africa Green!

» Fourth Newsletter
Date: 05/12/2019

The HORTI-GREEN Consortium is pleased to publish the 4th newsletter of the action.

You will learn about the last capacity buildings and trainings on SCP practices and EMS among the kenyan horticultural procesing industry. But also on the synergies the consortium is working on to promote and adopt sustainable practices

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» Synergies between SAG projects
Date: 04/12/2019

Last week the HORTIGREEN project was present to the Green to Grow at ICRAF in Nairobi.
The workshop was a great platform to promote the project areas of intervention and create a network of stakeholders from different backgrounds: non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, development agencies, international organizations, donors, financial institutions and entrepreneurs. It also gave a voice to key associates in the agribusiness sector to share their thoughts and ideas on key trends, opportunities and the future of agriculture in Kenya.
This forum was imperative to the permanence of unlocking both public and private sector commitment to invest in agribusiness and exploit its full potential.

» Synergies between SAG projects
Date: 04/12/2019

2 months ago, the HORTIGREEN project coordinator met the GOALAN project and the Green to Growth coordinators to build synergies within the Switch Africa Green program.
The 3 projects work towards SCP practices in the agricultural sector and aim to equip Kenyan MSMEs, with the necessary knowledge and tools to promote and adopt SCP practices and seize green economy opportunities.

More information on the GOALAN project HERE.

More information on the Green to Grow project HERE.

» Switch Africa Green Regional Sector Meeting on Sustainable Agriculture
Date: 03/12/2019

The HORTI-GREEN project was represented at the Switch Africa Green Regional Sector workshop on November 27/28 in Nairobi.
The workshop aimed to consolidate and share the knowledge generated by SWITCH Africa Green in the Sustainable agriculture sector and to promote the scale- up and replication of best practices identified.
Moreover it provided a platform for consolidating and sharing lessons on best practices identified or supported by the SWITCH Africa Green programme in greening the agriculture sector. Also it validated the findings of the SWITCH Africa Green survey results on sustainable agriculture focusing on green business development. The event promoted networking among SWITCH Africa Green programme partners as well as stakeholders working in the sector in order to encourage scaling-up and replication of best practices in the participating countries, and Africa as a whole. And finally the workshop helped to formulate recommendations to strengthen regional and national mechanisms for uptake of SCP practices in the agriculture sector.

» The deadline is prolonged
Date: 27/11/2019

The deadline of the call for applications has been prolonged to December 15th 2019

Good luck to the participants!

Please find here all the documents for the call: - Compressed with Winrar (.rar) HERE.

More information at hortigreenkenya@gmail.com.

» New workshop for horticultural processing MSMEs
Date: 05/11/2019

On October 29,2019, the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences of the University of Nairobi held a training on SCP practices and EMS for horticultural processing MSMEs. The Hortigreen project is providing knowledge on sustainable practices, EMS and green finance to at least 300 kenyan horticultural processing MSMEs across various counties.

» Open Call: Technical assistance on Sustainable Consumption
Date: 24/10/2019

The HORTI-GREEN project is looking for external service providers to give technical assistance on Sustainable Consumtion, to organise a roundtable, a seminar and an horticultural fair in partnership with the consortium.

If you are a service provider this is your opportunity to enhance the awareness on Sustainable Cosumption in Kenya.

Please find here all the documents for the call: - Compressed with Winrar (.rar) HERE.

The call is open until the 24th of November 2019 More information at hortigreenkenya@gmail.com.

» Voice of beneficiaries #1
Date: 11/09/2019

Voice of beneficiaries of the Hortigreen project

» Prolonged open call
Date: 27/08/2019

The deadline of the call for applications has been prolonged to September 11th 2019
Good luck to the participants

» Open Call: Technical assistance to MSMEs for the development of Green Business Plan
Date: 17/07/2019

The HORTI-GREEN project is looking for external service providers to give technical assistance to selected MSMEs to define, structure and write a green business plan for Sustainable Consumption and Production investments, to train them on sales pitches and on negotiation with financing institutions, and finally to organize 3 B2B meetings between MSMEs and financing authorities.

If you are a service provider this is your opportunity to enhance the access to finance to Kenyan MSMEs.

Please find here all the documents for the call: - Compressed with 7-Zip (.7z) HERE.

The call is open until the 18th of August 2019 More information at hortigreenkenya@gmail.com.

» Supporting the transition towards an inclusive green economy
Date: 17/07/2019

In order to exchange on the green finance for MSMEs subject, 16 financing institutions attended on July 16, 2019 to the HORTI-GREEN "Supporting the transition towards an inclusive Green economy" event at the Hotel Emerald in Westlands, Nairobi.

The meeting was facilitated by Andrew Omariba head of business development at the Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance.

The HORTI-GREEN consortium was represented by Samson Butichi from KEBS.

Thank you all for your participation and for the very interesting exchange

» 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.