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Kennedy Ng’ang’a’s blockchain of trust for Kenya’s smallholder farmers

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Kennedy Ng’ang’a studied engineering as an undergraduate, and is today building an integrated chainlink oracle technology to power parametric insurance for smallholder farmers in Kenya. In this interview, we discuss his startup, Shamba Network, the challenges of raising in today’s Web3 and crypto space, and the absence of Africa in the carbon credits conversation.

Shamba Network was founded in 2020—or was it 2021?

The idea came to me in 2020; that’s when I started doing the research. But Shamba itself was founded in 2021, around September or October.

So you’re a year old now. How has it been for you, as a founder? 

Before founding Shamba, I’d actually been involved with another startup. I’m accustomed to the grind in the startup world; pulling long hours is something I’m comfortable with. Not just long hours, but also odd hours. The most important thing in any startup is the willingness and flexibility to be able to learn new things, and adapt and implement changes quickly. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.

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