KickStart and VisionFund have created an exciting new partnership that will offer farmers in sub-Saharan Africa access to credit needed to purchase and implement irrigation systems. Over the next five years, they hope to provide 100,000 farmers—and 400,000 children—greater access to water for crops.
KickStart International's Dr. Martin Fisher was chosen as one of Stanford University's 2016 Engineering Heroes. He accepted his award on February 7th, and delivered a talk at Stanford University entitled "Engineering a Path Out of Poverty."
Jenna Rogers-Rafferty of Kickstart International is interviewed on the Plurrify Podcast, which explores the field of social entrepreneurship through the lens of the innovators advancing the future.
Autodesk University invites you to learn computer-aided thinking and design process with Alan Spybey of Kickstart International at the Venetian in Las Vegas. He’ll discuss how he uses Inventor, Simulations Mechanical and Autodesk CFD software to address the challenges of his innovative engineering company.
Dr. Martin Fisher, co-founder and CEO of Powering Agriculture innovator KickStart International, is a finalist for the 2016 AidEx Humanitarian Hero Award! Vote before Friday, November 11th. The winner will be announced during the AidEx Brussels Expo on November 16th. Congratulations, Dr. Fisher!
KickStart International designs and sells affordable irrigation pumps to farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their most popular pumps are manually powered; a solar-powered pump is in development. Irrigation allows farmers to grow during the dry season, and sell their harvest when prices are higher.
KickStart International has sold more than 275,000 irrigation pumps across Africa. When farmers use these pumps, their incomes rise an average of over 400 percent. As a result, more than 1 million people have been lifted out of poverty through their use.
Harnessing the sun’s power is once again at the forefront of energy technology as an increasingly affordable method of generating electricity. In developing regions of the world, solar is not only a clean energy solution but sometimes the sole source of power for smallholders.
Kickstart International discusses how their project will increase access to affordable, high-performance solar-powered irrigation technology among poor smallholder farmers in rural Kenya. This project has been selected for a 2015 Powering Agriculture Award.
With climate change causing erratic rainfall, farmers in Kenya struggle to keep their fields watered. Only around 17 percent of Kenya’s land area can sustain agriculture on rainfall alone. This has spurred demand for affordable, environmentally-friendly and easy-to-run water pumps across the country.
During the dry season, there is no more rain. Farmers have nothing or very little to eat and many end up starving. But for millions of families, the solution is right under their feet. Join KickStart's effort to Irrigate Africa and transform lives.