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.
Martin Fisher, president of KickStart International, calls on Global Citizens to support the organization’s work improving access to water throughout Africa at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dr. Martin Fisher, CEO of Kickstart International, an organization founded in Kenya, talks about the campaign to end extreme poverty in Africa. Kickstart International is one of the organizations highlighted at the Global Citizen Festival honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
When farmers in Uganda all plant during the rainy season, it leads to a surplus, which forces prices down. Experts like Kickstart International's John Kinaga are encouraging farmers to irrigate instead, which provides better food security, protects farmers from climate risks and reduces poverty.
African women are typically in charge of smaller, garden vegetable plots. By providing them access to irrigation tools, Kickstart enables them to contribute more income to their households. As they increase their earnings, they also increase their stature within their families and communities.
Kickstart International is pivoting from a direct sales model to leveraged partnerships with local NGOs, UN agencies, businesses, microfinance institutions and governments in the effort to help one million more sub-Saharan Africans pull themselves out of poverty by 2023.
KickStart International made "A Seed of Maize", a short film that highlights one poor farming family in Zambia, to give farmers a platform to share their stories, and to enable them to play a central role in the conversation about access to a sustainable and successful future.
Now is the time to watch! "A Seed of Maize", featuring KickStart International, is live. This film by Emmy award-winning director Topaz Adizes and award-winning producer Ofir Kedar is shot in rural Zambia, and details a raw and honest story that explores some of the most pressing issues of our time.
KickStart International recently received a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo on behalf of World Vision International, winner of the Association for Financial Professionals 2017 Pinnacle Grand Prize.
Vijay Modi from The Earth Institute at Columbia University will present at Session 2: Pole-to-Pole Innovation Flows. This session will address how “Global North” and “Global South” perspectives and expertise are building on each other to enable affordable, sustainable innovation and technological leapfrogging.
KickStart International's Alan Spybey is serving as an adviser for the event.
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."