Raino Tech4Impact

Raino Tech4Impact is a social enter­prise that uses tech­nol­o­gy to strength­en the African val­ue chain. We use tech­nol­o­gy-enabled solu­tions in agri­cul­ture to increase pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and efficiency.

Agri­cul­ture accounts for 80% of the East African Com­mu­ni­ty’s GDP. We are lever­ag­ing both exist­ing and inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies in sub­sec­tors such as fish­eries and aqua­cul­ture to help pro­duc­ers and traders man­age post-har­vest loss­es, improve qual­i­ty assur­ance, and facil­i­tate mar­ket access.

The agri­cul­tur­al sec­tor is dom­i­nat­ed by small­hold­er mixed farms that raise live­stock, food crops, crops, fish­eries, and aqua­cul­ture. Our main focus is on live­stock, fish­eries and aqua­cul­ture. We have intro­duced new sus­tain­able prac­tices such as off-grid cold chain solu­tions and cold chain logis­tics based on a com­mon ser­vice mod­el to reduce costs and low­er bar­ri­ers to entry.

In the blue econ­o­my, aqua­cul­ture offers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to increase fish pro­duc­tion and indi­rect­ly reduce pres­sure on inland lake fish stocks, which are declin­ing and dom­i­nat­ed by juve­nile fish. The decline is due in part to rapid human pop­u­la­tion growth and fast-grow­ing region­al and inter­na­tion­al demand for fish.