Growing up in a rural village in the heart of central Kenya, Donatus Njoroge,
experienced firsthand the devastation of food insecurity through post-harvest loss and pesticide exposure. This profound life experience compelled him to dedicate his life confronting the challenges faced by thousands of families like his. He pursued industrial chemistry to fulfil this dream.
With selfless drive and determination, he invented a bio-pesticide product to protect stored grains against weevil attacks. Little did he know that soon his innovative passion-project would set him on a path to international accolades.
In 2017, he won the East Africa Post harvest innovations award organized
by The United States Agency for International Development.
Just a year later in 2018, Donatus presented his innovation during The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an Initiative which promotes Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Africa
. He was subsequently named one of Top 50 innovation trailblazers in the continent during the Africa innovation summit in Kigali, Rwanda. That same year, Donatus was excited to be invited as a panelist during the German-Africa Entrepreneurship summit in Accra, Ghana, and also became a Tony Elumelu foundation fellow.
2019 continues to be a promising year for Donatus and the future of bio-pesticide use in the country to protect it against food insecurity. In January, he was named National Innovation award 2019
winner by the Kenya National innovation Agency (KENIA). In April, Njoroge shot into Global limelight after winning The Global innovation through Science and Technology award in Bahrain, sponsored by the United State Department of State and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In June, his product was named overall winner for pest control innovations by the world Food preservation center during the First International conference on Agro-ecology: Transforming Agriculture and Food systems in Africa.
Most recently, Donatus was selected for the Moonshot House Fellowship sponsored by the Kravis Lab for Social Impact at Claremont McKenna College (CMC).
In Thailand, he was accompanied by nine other fellows working on incredible initiatives all over the world. Some were addressing cultural competency in the United States while others were increasing legal rights and protections for women in Pakistan. Part boot camp, part retreat, and part brain trust, the fellowship is renowned for having social impact support from a multi-award-winning team of Innovators from Silicon Valley and Echoing Green.
On his off days, you may find him sharing what he has learnt with colleagues and students in the university but still doesn’t shy off from drafting an article for major dailies.