What we do

The Innovation Engine is a vehicle through which innovative private sector strategies that improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods are proactively sought out, incubated, and scaled up for widespread impact. It does this by:

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Selecting promising innovations

The Innovation Engine uses a competitive process to identify agriculture and nutrition innovations with the greatest potential for large and sustainable impacts. Such impacts include generating significant measurable increases in household income and nutrition in selected value chains such as maize, dairy, horticulture, and staple food crops such as sorghum and millet. Innovations are selected and supported at three stages: proof of concept, pilot roll-out, and transition to scale.

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Coaching and cultivating innovations

The Innovation Engine applies a forward-thinking, outside-the-box approach to support coaching and mentoring of selected innovators and adoption of high-impact solutions. In partnership with IDEO.org and Dalberg International, the Innovation Engine, will apply its expertise to coaching innovators, and also linking selected innovations to venture and social capital investors.

Using best practices from the venture capital model, the team will assess each innovating organization‘s strengths and weaknesses, and develop tailored coaching and training plans toward commercialization and scale.

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Applying evidence-based testing

Innovations are appraised for desirability, feasibility and viability as a means to determine progress from experimentation and prototyping to scale-up and sustainability. Is your innovation impactful? Is your innovation realistic? Is your innovation sustainable?

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Leveraging USAID resources

The Innovation Engine will leverage USAID resources with other public and private resources to grow innovations to scale. The program will do this by developing strategic relationships that result in business linkages and coordinating and collaborating with USAID and Government of Kenya programs and offices to capitalize upon areas where projects overlap, while minimizing duplication of effort.

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Benefiting local institutions 

By cultivating and broadly disseminating innovative practices, the Innovation Engine will actively work to ensure that local Kenyan institutions directly benefit from the knowledge garnered and technologies developed during this project.

INNOVATIONS

Low-cost optical sorting to remove mycotoxins from maize in local kenyan mills Read more...
University of Nairobi II (Plant Science and Crop Protection Department)
Combating tuta absoluta in tomatoes Read more...
Kenya Biologics
Scale-up of easyma milk weighing system Read more...
Amtech Technologies
Fusion farming technology in potato farming Read more...
Lachlan
Using mobile technology and networking agents to help smallholder farmers’ access wholesale markets. Read more...
Mfarm
Inclusive training and extension for production of sustainable safe food Read more...
Quest Agriculture
Biological control of the fruit fly Read more...
Real IPM
Agrimanagr™ Initiative to transform the horticulture supply chain Read more...
Virtual City
Organic fertilizers for smallholder farmers Read more...
Wanda Organic
Innovative cooling option for smallholder farmers Read more...
University of Nairobi I (Horticulture Department)
Delivering to market resilient new maize varieties. Read more...
Maseno University
Livestock identification and traceability mechanisms. Read more...
Kenya Livestock Marketing Council
Last mile distribution of farming inputs.Caytree:Financial Empowerment and Loan Assistance Program... Read more...
iProcure
The innovation, Caytree Financial, is a powerful, easy-to-use...Read more...
Caytree Partners
Index-based livestock Takaful... Read more...
Takaful Insurance of East Africa
High-tech artificial insemination training...Read more...
Indicus East African Limited
Agricultural mechanization hubs to boost youth-attractive commercial farming ventures... Read more...
KENDAT
Land consolidation through public-private partnership for commercial agriculture... Read more...
Value Farms
ALIN's FARMIS innovation (Farm Records Management Information System) is supporting Kenya’s agricultural... Read more...
ALIN's FARMIS innovation
 
 
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