KickStart International Featured in "A Seed of Maize"

Published Nov. 28, 2017

By Kickstart International

About Powering Agriculture

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

"A Seed of Maize" is a powerful short film by Emmy award-winning director Topaz Adizes and award-winning producer Ofir Kedar. Filmed in a unique docudrama vérité style, "A Seed of Maize" follows a poor farming family as they face the biggest dilemma of their lives. Shot in rural Zambia, this raw and honest story explores some of the most pressing issues of our time—poverty, health, and girls’ education—against the backdrop of tradition, community, and family.

See the Film

Following a series of sold out private screenings across the U.S., "A Seed of Maize" will be publicly launched today. Join us to watch the film in-person in San Francisco, or you can watch online at 6:00pm ET and see how KickStart International is lifting small-scale farmers across Africa out of poverty. 

November 28, 2017 (today!): Follow the online launch on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram on #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2017: Premiere at Autodesk Gallery, San Francisco, California. Register here!

About KickStart

KickStart International is an award-winning, nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa out of poverty by enabling them to make a lot more money. KickStart designs and mass-markets durable yet affordable “MoneyMaker” branded irrigation pumps. With irrigation, small-scale farmers no longer depend on unreliable rainfall as the sole source of water for their crops—they are able to grow and sell produce throughout the year, properly feed their families, and transform their subsistence plots into profitable, full-time businesses that allow for investment in education and other opportunities. To date, over 230,000 entrepreneurial farmers have used KickStart’s technologies to lift themselves and their families—over one million people—out of poverty while securing local food supplies. KickStart is now scaling its proven model to reach another million people in 16 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

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KickStart's MoneyMaker pumps help farmers who are often barely feeding themselves to grow more crops and sell their surplus. What's next? They're planning to open an innovation hub in Kenya to develop new irrigation solutions so it can expand into 16 countries across Africa by 2021.