National First prize winner

Gro-gel (Kulisha Dunia)

Cultivating tomorrow's agriculture, Today.


Hello, I am Maria, a co – founder of Gro-gel – Kulisha Dunia – meaning let’s feed the world. How? Lets journey to Karamoja to a rural village in Northern Uganda to meet Annet.

Annet is a farmer who hopes to grow enough crops to afford a decent life for her family. However, she is worried about the droughts that constantly destroy her crops and  yet she is unable to afford an irrigation system which has caused her family to starve. Her story is one of the nearly 10 million agricultural households in Uganda experiencing food shortages due to the detrimental effects of climate change where droughts are becoming more severe, trapping farmers in a cycle of poverty.  Moreover, majority of farmers depend on rain-fed agriculture

To change this narrative, Gro-gel, is repurposing agricultural wastes by transforming rice husks into eco-bio-degradable hydrogels which will hold water during rainy days and release it slowly to the soil in dry days to ensure year round food production.

Quick facts

  • 2023 Participant
    Year of participation
  • Sustainable Production Systems
  • Uganda
  • € 1,000
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  • Rawlings Grace Ogenyi, Chief Executive Officer;, Ashna Jain, Chief Strategy Officer;, Akello Maria Goretti, Chief Finance Officer;, Prof James Kajete, Mentor And Advisor.

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