ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SIFA GAKII KINOTI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Nairobi Main Campus | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9

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" Owing to Kenya's declining forest cover and
increase in demand for wood products such as
timber and firewood, I saw it best to encourage
a shift from dependency on natural forests to
bamboo. I have recruited my family members,
and I continue to recruit my community in rural
Kenya (Meru County) to plant bamboo and
adopt bamboo products. Bamboo is a
sustainable source of wood as it is
regenerative with every harvest, can grow
anywhere, only needs water to grow and takes
half the time a softwood tree does to mature. It
has over 1000 uses, making it highly
demanded in the market. My vision is to see Kenya's forest cover increase as well as uplift the rural economy through this project. I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow as it would be a great stepping stone to achieving this vision. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Kigwa Wood

Kigwa Wood is a project that encourages farmers and corporates to embrace bamboo as a sustainable source of wood. Owing to the decline in forest cover and climate change, we saw it fit to shift to bamboo products as it a regenerative plant, making it a renewable source of wood. The wood can be used as a source of timber and energy in the growing Kenyan economy. This project would also provide a source of income to the women in rural areas and help with climate adaptation.

About the Millennium Fellow

Sifa Kinoti is an enthusastic and ambitious environmentalist. She is fueled by her love for the world and a vision to see environmental protection taking center stage. Enrolled in University of Nairobi studying environmental engineering, Sifa also studies data science and is looking to develop green technologies. She is passionate about impactful leadership and is involved in various student associations.