Growing hope in Kenya

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emerge poverty free is really excited to see the SG1 up and running in Eldoret, Kenya. SG1 is short for ‘solar grow 1’, which is an amazing fully self-contained agricultural unit. Invented by our partner Boundless Horizons, the SG1 is a solar powered mobile germination factory capable of producing vast numbers of seedlings for a wide variety of crops, far faster than traditional farming methods.

This pilot project is the first time that the SG1 has been deployed in a development setting. The project aims to diversify food sources, increase crop yields and boost farmers' incomes.

The SG1 arrived on site last week to great interest from the local farmers and villagers. Currently farmers grow tomatoes, cabbage and maize but access to irrigation, energy and fertiliser are all very challenging. Because the SG1 is solar powered, water efficient, and capable of producing fertiliser from locally available ingredients, it will bring a huge leap in productivity.

After a day of repairing the bumps and bruises incurred to the SG1 during its travels, the unit was up and running. Wilson is a local agricultarilist being trained in the use of the SG1 by inventor Alex Bushell, who travelled out to get the SG1 set up.

“This really is amazing,” said Wilson. “Farmers here have never seen anything like it.”

A Kenyan government official also attended the opening to see the SG1 installed. This is particularly promising as next week he plans to bring other ministers to see the agricultural produce. The water tanks of the SG1 are full and on the ministers return they should be able to taste the peppers, beans, tomatoes and other crops that have been planted already.