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The vast majority of people in Africa are poor rural farmers. 96% of them survive on rain-fed agriculture, which results in small scale farmers harvesting the same crops at the same time, and then being forced to sell them into the same over-crowded market. However the solution is as simple as moving from rain-fed agriculture to irrigation. In this episode of It's Africa's Time we travel to Kenya to meet inventor Dr Martin Fisher, who through his not-for-profit organisation, Kickstart International, has created a line of human powered irrigation pumps that have to date, lifted 170 000 families out of poverty. The pumps allow water to be drawn out of a shallow source and be pumped to the fields, all year long. Through their partnership with Citi and a subsequent line of credit, Kickstart International's irrigation pumps have progressed from an inspired idea on paper to a highly effective intervention that is transforming the lives of thousands of farmers across Africa.


  • Behind the scenes Show host Koketso Sachane trying out the MoneyMaker Hip Pump
  • CEO and Cofounder of Kickstart International Dr Martin Fisher explaining to show host Koketso Sachanae how the MoneyMaker pumps work b
  • Kenyan Farmer Doreen Gatwiri owner of a MoneyMaker Hip Pumpp harvesting a
  • Rural farmers in Kenya sell their produce at markets like these in Nairobi c
  • Show host Koketso Sachane in Nairobi Kenya
  • Show host Koketso Sachane trying out the MoneyMaker Hip Pumo with Kenyan farmer Isaac Njiiri looking on a
  • UNDP compound Nairobi Kenya b
  • UNDP compound Nairobi Kenya c



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Inspired Irrigation Pump Continues To Change Lives Across Africa. Citi partners with Kickstart International in the development of a human-powered irrigation pump, which is changing lives across Africa, and which has lifted 170 000 families out of poverty.