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We are a start-up firm incorporated in 2007.
Our Mission Statement: " We are committed to enabling economic growth in Africa through the creation and expansion of a sustainable ECO-INDUSTRY."
How are we doing this?: Working in collaboration with my father, Shem Wandiga, who is a professor of chemistry at the University of Nairobi as well as Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Innovations www.csti.or.ke We are working to leverage the research CSTI has done with rural farmers in Kenya's Makueni district. Our goal is to see how we can: (a) increase the yield and biodiversity of the crops the farmers are growing, (b) teach the farmers business skills and empower them to access and compete in the organic foods market, (c) research the feasibility of effectively intercropping what we call super crops (e.g. moringa oleifera) which has the ability to grow in arid lands, serve as a biofuel source, is a super food in terms of nutrients, has medicinal properties, and is a tree that can help combat climate change and qualify for carbon exchange credits. We are also receiving invaluable support from universities like Carnegie Mellon (under Engineering & Public Policy), University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (under Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research), and Penn State (under Interinstutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge and the 4H program).
Things we believe in/are interested in: My mother always says that before one starts talking one should always make sure one is speaking the same English as everyone else. Some of the terms that define what we are doing are so new, at the risk of being pedantic, it becomes necessary to share them.
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