The 1st place Wazo Prize winner has been selected with Sam Owilly of Pawa Farm receiving his Kshs. 1,500,000 cash prize from James Kongoti, Director of the Kenya Meteorological Department at the Climate Information Prize Conference in Nairobi.
Mr. Owilly’s idea dubbed, Virtual Platform for Agro-Weather Advisory Services (Pawa-Farm), is an innovative Virtual Agro-weather Advisory Platform which aims to provide timely, relevant and usable weather and climate information to farmers.
“This is the world’s first Climate Information Prize for ideas that have the potential to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the effects of the climate. The aim of the conference is to showcase the top 13 ideas submitted for the USD$ 82,500 Wazo Prize,” said Nicki Spence, Prize Manager, Cardno Emerging Markets.
Rachel Gikanga, a judge for the Climate Information Prize noted, “Climate information prize has opened doors for a new thinking, an innovative way of facilitating not only sustainable development but a resilient one as well.”
Mr Owilly explained that his concept includes information on agronomic advisories. “This is modelled in line with the projected weather/climate conditions to enable farmers to make informed decisions and improve farm management practices under conditions of climate risk.”
The prize recieved 115 submissions, targeting 36 counties in Kenya. The contestants were invited to pitch their ideas to the judging panel to make their case on the viability of their idea.
The Wazo Prize is the first prize of its kind to be introduced and funded by UK Aid. The competition is managed by Cardno Emerging Markets (EA) Limited on behalf of the UK Aid Ideas to Impact Programme. The prize awards cash prizes for innovative solutions using climate information to help the vulnerable.
For more information and a full list of winners check out the Climate Information Prize website.