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Giraffe Bioenergy

Standing Tall for Food and Fuel

We are establishing local manufacturing of ethanol cooking fuel  from cassava to serve the growing clean cooking market in Kenya impacting rural livelihoods.

Build 128 million litres of ethanol cooking fuel capacity

Increase the incomes of 15,000 smallholder farmers mainly women

Improve food security for 20,000 members of the community

Problem & Solution

We import the majority of ethanol cooking fuel used in Kenya despite having all the resources necessary for robust domestic production from cassava including:

High demand for ethanol cooking fuel

Established last-mile distribution infrastructure

Ample under-utilised semi-arid land

Plenty of skilled and semi-skilled labour

Protective tariffs and political will

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to establish rural bioeconomies increasing the incomes of women in farming communities through large-scale cassava farming and manufacturing of ethanol cooking fuel.

Our vision is to leverage the central role that women play in the value chain  in cassava production and processing and as beneficiaries of ethanol cooking fuel replacing charcoal and kerosene.

CEO Linda Davis sorting cassava with a local woman
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The team

CEO Linda Davis, PhD

Founder and CEO

Linda Davis, PhD

Over 2o years experience in several senior executive positions globally leading biorefinery business departments. PhD Degree in Microbiology specialising in producing ethanol from novel technologies.

Farm Manager Mark Kaloki

Farm Manager

Mark Kaloki

Mark has over 15 years of experience in the agricultural field, having worked in a range of positions to support and encourage excellence in production.

Nick Brooks

Nick Brooks

Advisor and Board Member

Nick led 25 years at Shell International, establishing and managing ventures across diverse global regions. Since 2005, he's concentrated on renewable energy, founding or joining boards of biofuel/bioenergy firms in Europe, Africa, and China, spanning various value chain segments.

Theo Chiyoka

Theo Chiyoka

Agricultural Director

Theo is a senior agri-business expert with extensive experience in multi-cultural environments in agriculture production, agricultural investments, value chain optimization and agricultural products marketing in Sub Saharan Africa, West and the East Africa

Christine Mutoni, PhD

Christine Mutoni, PhD

Senior Agronomist 

Christine earned a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Nairobi, specializing in creating disease-resistant cassava varieties. With extensive agricultural research experience, she's dedicated to enhancing cassava farming through ongoing scientific engagement.

Amina Kazungu

Amina Kazungu

Propagation Associate

From the local community, trained at the Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organization and experience at Giraffe Bioenergy in novel rapid cassava propagation technologies.

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Testimonials

Since working for Giraffe, I have attended training in rapid propagation technology and increased my income. My children enjoy 3 meals a day and I am able to pay school fees. Above all, I love that I am learning each day working hand in hand with a scientist.

Amina Swaleh

Our Impact

SDG 5, Gender equality
SDG 1, no poverty
SDG 8  decent work and economic growth

Income generation and poverty alleviation for women and communities

Commercial cassava farming provides rural communities, especially women, with opportunities for income generation. By participating in the production and sale of cassava, communities can earn a steady income, which drives investment in education, healthcare, and other basic needs

SDG 2, zero hunger

Food security and nutrition

Cassava is an ideal feedstock for both food and fuel 

Giraffe Bioenergy utilises semi-arid, non-fertile land in areas with unreliable rains that are prone to drought and are therefore not suitable for food production. We have adopted and rapidly propagated drought-resistant edible cassava strains developed by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture that can thrive in semi-arid land

SDG 15, life on land
SDG 12, climate action

Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable cassava commercial farming using improved drought and disease tolerant varieties promotes sustainable practices like soil management, water conservation, and agroforestry, enhancing climate resilience, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability

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