Kenyan IT pioneer gets the German Africa Prize

Juliana Rotich, a Kenyan IT pioneer and the Co-Founder of Ushahidi is the winner of the German Africa Prize 2019. Juliana Rotich became known in professional circles in 2007 as the co-founder of the open source platform Ushahidi (a Swahili word meaning 'testimony'), which began in Kenya as an internet platform developed to map reports of post-election violence and which went on to revolutionize the international flow of data and information. For information about the award, click here.

Rotich is internationally in demand for her IT expertise and she joined BASF in 2018 and was appointed as the Country Cluster Head for East Africa.

JKUAT Students Scoop Bayer Innovation Awards


JKUAT Students Scoop Bayer Innovation Awards. Three students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) were on September 27, 2018 rewarded after clinching top honours in the coveted Bayer innovation competition. The initiative was sponsored by Bayer East Africa Limited in collaboration with JKUAT. For more information about the award, click here.

German-African Innovation Promotion Prize


In spring 2018, the German Ministry of Education and Research awarded the German-African Innovation Promotion Prize to four African researchers and their German partners. Dr. Isaiah Etemo Muchilwa, a Kenyan Lecturer at Moi University, Kenya, received the award for the project "Innovative cereal drying and handling technology to combat aflatoxin contamination in Kenya's maize supplies". Click here for more information about the Promotion Prize.

Green Talents Competition 2018 Award

Becky, a Kenyan PhD Student wins the Green Talents Competition 2018 Award hosted by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


In her research, Becky Nancy Achieng’ Aloo targets indigenous rhizobacteria associated with Irish potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) and their feasibility in biofertilisation and bio-stimulation of Irish potato cropping systems in Tanzania. Her project examines the biology and physiology of the bacteria, their genetics and phylogenetic relationships as well as their effects on potato physiology and growth parameters. Read more about the competition here.

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