Innovative African ecopreneurs honoured by SEED Awards

Every year, innovative African ecopreneurs from across the continent compete for the prestigious SEED Awards which honour starts ups that offer solutions to sustainable development challenges. This year, the award winners include roads made from recycled plastic, natural fertilizers made from water hyacinth plants, and shoes made from discarded and upcycled rubber tyres.

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About the SEED Awards

The SEED Awards aim to help the scale and replication of eco-innovations through the awards monitorship training, support and networking opportunities. This in turn boosts local economies, helps tackle poverty, and promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystems. To date, more than 200 enterprises from 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America comprise the growing number of SEED Awards laureates.

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Helen Clark, Head of UNDP said, “The 2016 SEED Winners are living the SDGs. With their innovative business models, they are improving local livelihoods while conserving natural resources. Their businesses rely on strong multi-stakeholder partnerships at the local level, a success factor UNDP is building upon internationally to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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2016 SEED Award winners represent African ecopreneurs for sustainable development

This year, the 20 winners of the SEED Awards from 8 African countries include the following innovative enterprises:

Dagoretti Market Biogas Latrine (Kenya)
This female-run, community-based initiative that uses renewable energy options (biogas and solar) to address sanitation and energy needs;

Green Road Ltd (Kenya)
This innovative company is piloting the construction of polymerised bitumen roads from recycled plastic and asphalt;

Chonona Agriculture (Malawi)
This African eco business produces diverse fish products using an integrated aquaculture approach;

Magiro Hydro Electricity Limited (MHEL) (Kenya)
This green enterprise uses modified bicycle parts and simple motors to generate hydropower from a local waterfall; and

Jardin Green Hope (Burkina Faso)
This ecopreneurial enterprise in Burkina Faso, uses an innovative manufacturing processes to convert water hyacinths and organic waste into quality natural fertilisers.

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