Partnering for change
Quality Coconut Products,
Less waste & More Renewable Energy.
Globally, the demand for coconut products is on the rise. East Africa can help fill this gap if key challenges can be overcome. In Tanzania about 300 000 families are directly dependent on the crop in the eastern coastal region. Still there is limited beneficiation and local value add in this area mainly due to lack of knowledge, capital and expertise. Another fundamental blockage to utilising the fruit and trees for producing higher value products is the availability of stable and reliable electricity. Energidrop, a South African based renewable energy developer and engineering firm, has collaborated with stakeholders in Tanzania to establish Kisiwa Farming Limited on Mafia Island, just off the east coast of Tanzania. Plantations of coconut groves requires constant care and maintenance and with reduced yields from poor soils, ageing stock and pests, many local small holdings are no longer economically viable. Kisiwa Farming has secured more than 2700 Ha of plantations that form part of its rejuvenation process. This also provides the security of feedstock to produce coconut products and renewable energy for the greater island mini-grid.
By The Numbers
The Kisiwa Team
Passionate businessman driven to make an impact and to build motivated teams. Long history of developing and implementing renewable energy systems. He holds a chemical engineering degree and MBA from Monash University.
All round level headed leader of the pack. Well known socialite on Mafia and multilingual manager with a long history with Mafia Island. Fluent in Swahili and English, he has a degree in agriculture.
Loving partner and co-investor. Marketing and logistics coordinator for the various challenges to get supplies to Mafia. She holds a degree in nutrition and a PhD in tourism.
Electrical Technician and power plant manager