The air miles debate: are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

The air miles debate: are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

Kenya is the biggest exporter of roses to Europe, transporting almost 160,000 tonnes of cut flowers in 2017. The country’s climate is perfect for growing flowers, its proximity to the equator providing daily sunshine and mild temperatures year-round. But an increasing awareness of the virtues of buying locally is sparking a debate around importing such goods: isn’t it better to grow them at home? Intuitively, this might make sense, but a dive into the figures shows what’s really more sustainable when it comes to flower farming. Kenyan roses are by far the greener option Food, flowers and other agricultural products…

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Questions from the Crowd: Working conditions and employee rights at Rift Valley Roses

Questions from the Crowd: Working conditions and employee rights at Rift Valley Roses

In our Questions from the Crowd series, we address questions from crowdinvestors about our projects and business model in open blog articles. Got a question? Write to us here.  The following question is regarding the 75 kWp solar system project for Rift Valley Roses flower farm in Kenya, which is currently being financed on the crowdinvesting platform www.ecoligo.investments. Question from a crowdinvestor (Paraphrased) The flower farm industry in Kenya is known for poor working conditions. What makes Rift Valley Roses different? Rift Valley Roses’ response: We value our employees very highly and work hard to ensure that they have rewarding, safe…

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How to turn political initiatives into action: G20 Compact with Africa

How to turn political initiatives into action: G20 Compact with Africa

In light of the G20 Summit in Hamburg this week, ecoligo gives concrete recommendations to political leaders on how to bring the G20 Africa Partnership initiative into action. Three weeks ago, ecoligo co-founder Markus Schwaninger was invited to participate at the “G20 Africa Partnership Conference: Investing in a common future” which took place from 12-13 June in Berlin. Here is his take on the conference and recommendations for turning the political initiatives into tangible action. — Let me start by quickly giving you the background on this initiative. Germany, who runs the current G20 presidency, has launched the G20 Africa…

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