Tag Archives | Agriculture

Success story: How iCow scaled and scaled

By Loren Treisman

Three years ago the Indigo Trust came in as sole funder of Kenyan farming SMS service, iCow. The trust ended up awarding £87 782 in total, but the company now has 150 000 users and a signed deal with the country’s largest mobile operator Safaricom. Founder of iCow, Su Kahumbu, tells us more… “We provide […]

Inside | Loren Treisman


She has a PhD from Cambridge and expertise in international development, governance, health and the use of technology to spur social change. She’s the Executive of Indigo Trust, a grant-making foundation that supports tech-driven projects in Africa, particularly those involving innovation, transparency and citizen empowerment. Loren regularly presents at conferences and writes for the international press, including The Guardian, CNN and the BBC. She was named one of the 20 Powerful Women to Watch in 2014 in The Huffington Post. She also likes to go camping just about every weekend.


Solving local problems with local solutions (#2)

By Moses Wasamu

Community silos benefit farmers and food security The East African Grain Council recently announced that post-harvest losses in the region are estimated at Ksh 134.4 billion (or US $1.6 million) a year. That’s almost equivalent to the total food aid received in East Africa annually! Poor transportation, drying and storage, pest infestation, disease and market […]

Inside | Moses Wasamu


Moses is a Kenyan communication specialist who writes on media, health, education, youth affairs, religion and new technology. He’s based in Nairobi, but writes for various international publications including The Star in Kenya, the New Internationalist (UK), World Magazine (US), Christianity Today (US), and Christian Times (Juba). He was a Joel Belz Media Fellow in 2012 and a Citizen News Service Health Fellow in 2013. When he’s not writing for work, Moses reads, writes and blogs for leisure… or watches soccer.