Hydroponics Africa Limited

Cost effective and simplified hydroponics solutions for food production in scarce contexts.

Employee Gender Breakdown

69%

Innovation Type

Water-Energy-Food

Company Stage

Stage 4: 10,001-999,999 end-users

Financing Goals

​Seeking equity (angel investor, venture capital or private equity)

Seeking investment?

Yes, $1.5 million

Country of Incorporation

Kenya

Country(ies) of Implementation

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Djibouti

Contact Name

Peter Chege

Product Segment

Energy - Farm Production & Mechanization, Water - Irrigation

In Kenya, Hydroponics Africa leverages the use of local materials to grow healthy plants and helps farmer to produce maximum yields on small areas without use of soil, while using 80% less water.

Challenge

Rising population, land fragmentation and the increasing negative effects of climate change put pressure on already scarce resources, such as water and land. Moreover, farmers are faced with soil-borne pests and diseases, high crop failure, unavailable agronomy services, low access to the market and low access to financial agri-based loan facilities. These challenges have resulted in food insecurity, low livelihoods, low economic levels, high rate of unemployment, especially among women and the youth.

Solution

HAL manufactures and installs affordable and efficient hydroponic solutions. It also provides intelligent plant responsive systems, hydroponic nutrients and provides agronomic crop support and management to customers. As a result, up to 80% less water is used compared to conventional irrigated agriculture; the risk of soil-borne disease is reduced to a minimum; and up to four times higher yields. Hydroponic systems are most suitable in resource scarce contexts and when adapting to the impacts of climate change.

The solutions offered by HAL:

  • Use only 20% of water for food production compared to traditional methods of farming;
  • Does not use any form of energy to irrigate the crops, rather water flows by gravity or is lifted by solar pumps;
  • Does not use soil rather uses inert media hence free from soil borne diseases;
  • Supports four times more crop in one metre square of land in comparison to traditional methods of farming;
  • Supports Constant/ all year-round production of food crop and livestock fodder;
  • Uses local materials only during manufacturing.

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