Two JKUAT alumni, Brian Bosire and Evans Wadongo have, through their respective companies, partnered to avail a total of Kshs 18 million worth of technical support to bolster the resilience of the country’s agricultural sector in the wake of COVID-19, as well as fight locust invasion in East Africa.
Bosire and Wadongo are both graduates of Electronic and Computer Engineering from JKUAT’s College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC), having graduated in 2016 and 2009 respectively. Both graduated with honours.
Brian Bosire is the founder of UjuziKilimo, a company that leverages on technology and data to spur quality modern farming in Africa. Through precision farming, data analytics, interactive SMS, and climate smart farming, UjuziKilimo believes that the future of Africa is in Agriculture, and technology is the conduit to that future. Transforming the small holder farmers into a knowledge-based community connected by UjuziKilimo technologies is at the center of making that agricultural revolution come true. Brian is also the founder of Hydrologistics Africa, a virtual water network operator.
Evans Wadongo on the other hand is a social entrepreneur and an angel investor, who is a founding partner at Wadson Ventures Ltd. The company offers mentorship, incubation, acceleration, and funding to African entrepreneurs who are solving critical issues affecting Africans in their own communities and regions. Wadongo, the 2010 recipient of the prestigious CNN Hero of the Year Award, is also the Co-founder of Greenwize Energy, as well as the Sustainable Development for All (SDFA-Africa), a philanthropic venture.
During the unveiling of the $17,400 partnership with Wadson Ventures, Brian Bosire urged young people to aim at being useful and resourceful, especially at these uncertain times. He emphasized that the data driven interventions which are made possible by the fund, will be geared towards facilitating swifter agricultural production recovery.
“Continued use of non-data driven decisions on food production by economic planners, related stakeholders and policy makers, has the potential to exacerbate food crisis during the forthcoming post-COVID-19 period,” he warned.
The Coronavirus pandemic and locust invasion in East Africa have both instigated untold suffering to local farmers ranging from supply chain disruptions, to crop destruction. This has led to massive losses and uncertainty as far as food security is concerned. Thanks to the joint initiative with Wadson Ventures, UjuziKilimo will provide intelligent agronomy information to eligible smallholder farmers affiliated to select co-operative societies, county and national government agencies. Co-operatives and farmers interested in receiving the free support are directed to sign up by visiting www.ujuzikilimo.com for further guidance.
In her reaction to the efforts being made by the alumni, the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi expressed her delight at what she termed a futuristic and timely solution to a problem that hits humanity at its very core; food insecurity.
“As an institution that premiered as a hub of Agriculture and Technology, we’re not only happy that our holistic academic approach is paying off through the impact our graduates are making in the society, but also that these two get to contribute specifically towards what I can call the nerve center of our existence, which is food security.”
“Both Evans Wadongo and Brian Bosire are already accomplished entrepreneurs in their own right, with several awards and accolades to their names, and I’m just glad they are not settling just yet. We are proud of their efforts, and I hope their hunger and fire for African progress never flickers off,” concludes Prof. Ngumi.