Growpact Kitale Kenya

Growpact (https://growpactkenya.com) is a young Kenyan company which produces and supplies high quality, fast growing and high yielding crop seedlings for commercial large scale, medium and small-scale farmers in Kenya. It takes quality certified seeds and uses tried and tested methods, including controlling the environment in its greenhouses in order to ensure the highest rates of germination for the crops. It offers a wide range of products, including freshly germinated and grafted fruit seedlings (mango, pawpaw, passion, avocado, strawberry, etc.), vegetable seedlings (sukumawiki, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, capsicum, courgette, chillies etc.) as well as herbs, which include stevia, rosemary, mint, etc.

Growpacts goal is to be an all-around circular company in horticulture. It wants to operate by means of biological and circular solutions. The company propagates a replicable horticultural concept, suitable also to other contexts. It is constantly improving its production processes, services, and products. It makes use of ecologically sustainable agricultural methods, materials and products and closely cooperates with Amelia Farms in Uganda (https://ameliaagro.com/).

Internship opportunities and extension assignments (working either locally or from the Netherlands/Belgium)

Growpact Kitale Kenya offers a number of internship opportunities. If possible serving as an intern at the facility in Kenya is preferable, but a number of assignments can also be executed and researched from a distance.

  1. Workflow description of Growpact
    Analysis of bottlenecks in production, distribution, tracking and monitoring and suggest improvements
  2. Create and introduce and analogue seed planning schedule
  3. Improve the process of order intake and labor division/workflow of orders
  4. Analysis of growing conditions (for a cultivation specialist)
    Analysis growing conditions
    Improve seed medium
    Improve fertilization
  5. Optimizing cultivation conditions (for a cultivation specialist)
  6. Maintenance of facilities and machines
    Mapping of all machines and
    components
    Determine maintenance needs
    Make a plan
  7. Introduction and/or improvement of sensors
    Possibilities to use sensors in remote areas? (Affordable, simple, reliable Smart)
    Explore what is available in the
    market in Kenya
    Make a design and implement a
    sensoring system
    (Needs: temperature, humidity,
    light, O2, EC pH , NPK, weight,
    camera)
  8. Solar energy options
    Explore what is available in the
    market in Kenya
    Research for capacity is required in Kitale (also battery storage, delivering back to the grid options etc.
  9. Wind energy options
  10. Mapping various modules that Growpact is developing ( for further development and sales)
    Plant nursery
    Irrigation container
    Germination chamber
    Climate chamber
    Supporting materials
    Hoses
    Trolleys
    Rail
    Racks
    etc
    Name and number each component (barcode, make a complete purchase list)
  11. Market research (various emerging economies)
    Desk study
    Sales opportunities
    Purchasing power
    Demographic
    Etc
  12. Solar energy options
    Explore what is available in the market in Kenya
    Research for capacity is required in Kitale (also battery storage, delivering back to the grid options etc.
  13. Wind energy options
  14. Mapping various modules that Growpact is developing ( for further development and sales)
    Plant nursery
    Irrigation container
    Germination chamber
    Climate chamber
    Supporting materials
    Hoses
    Trolleys
    Rail
    Racks
    ect
    Name and number each component (barcode, make a complete purchase list)
  15. Market research (various emerging economies)
    Desk study
    Sales opportunities
    Purchasing power
    Demographic
    Etc