Providing Kenyan Farmers with Real Time Data to Dramatically Increase Yields

Client: UjuziKilimo
Member Firm: Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA
Sector: Agriculture, Tech
Legal Area: Intellectual Property

East Africa is one of the most food-insecure regions in the world. In Kenya, most people live in areas prone to food shortages, and an estimated 40% of the population is undernourished. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, UjuziKilimo is an agriculture social enterprise that uses big data and analytic capabilities to transform farmers into a knowledge-based community, with the goal of improving productivity through precision insights.

UjuziKilimo’s tech assists farmers with crop yield optimization through soil analysis and farming recommendations. UjuziKilimo uses sensor technology to measure soil characteristics, send the information in real time to an analysis center and, in turn, relay information with the crop breed, fertilizer required, pest control, markets and other farm management tools to the farmer, in real time, through his/her mobile phone. In the next two years, UjuziKilimo aims to reach 200,000 Kenyan farmers.

Co-Founder and CEO Brian Bosire was inspired to start UjuziKilimo after his own experience in agribusiness. Bosire was constantly frustrated by the lack of information from unhelpful government officials and convoluted bureaucracy that lead to several months of delays in getting even basic soil analysis results. As an engineering graduate, Bosire knew he could do better. After posting losses in his first attempt at farming on a small piece of land, Bosire increased crop productivity by 45% with more information sourced with UjuziKilimo. Bosire is also a junior senator which has helped him interact with various leaders that are critical in creating partnerships with local governments to implement UjuziKilimo.

Bosire reached out to the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation seeking assistance with developing a plan to protect its intellectual property. The Foundation sourced legal assistance from Lex Mundi member law firm Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA who consulted with UjuziKilimo and assisted in drafting its filings.

“Having prosecuted hundreds of cases throughout the world, and litigated many as well, it is not too often that a legal matter draws strong attention,” said Peter Nieves, head of the firm’s Patent Law and Intellectual Property and Technology Groups. “Bosire provided an exception to that general rule.  When an inventor has a personal investment in technology due to a cause that is much bigger than themselves, you know that regardless of securing the intellectual property, the technology will likely succeed. However, if you can secure strong IP protection, the inventor is provided with a much stronger platform from which to pursue worthy goals. It was a true pleasure to guide and support Bosire and UjuziKilimo in this venture and we look forward to hearing more about how this technology helps those in need.”

“I highly appreciate the connection to the Sheehan Phinney attorneys,” Bosire recently said of his match with Mr. Nieves and his team. “We had a great experience with them and I’m happy to inform you that we successfully filed the IP document that they helped us prepare. We owe that to you!”

Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Announces New Appointments to its Board of Directors

During the Lex Mundi Annual Connect & Collaborate Conference in London on May 10, 2024, Carlos Velázquez De León was elected as the new Chair of Lex Mundi and Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation’s Board of Directors also elected Aniekan Ukpanah, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie (Nigeria), to the position of Chair-Elect and Christel Van den Eynden, Liedekerke (Belgium), as a new director. The three new members join the Foundation’s current directors in seeking to embody the highest ideals of the legal profession. By promoting and facilitating the delivery of pro bono legal services, they support those positively improving lives worldwide.

2024 Pro Bono Foundation Annual Award Winners

The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (the “Foundation”) was proud to recognize the following 2024 award recipients:

  • Day Pitney LLP, Lex Mundi member for USA, New Jersey
  • Deacons, Lex Mundi member for Hong Kong
  • Dudley Newman Feuerzeig LLP, Lex Mundi member for U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Shalakany Law Office, Lex Mundi member for Egypt
  • Wardyński & Partners, Lex Mundi member for Poland


News on Purpose

In This Issue:

  • Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Leading the Way in Support for Social Entrepreneurs: The Rise Ahead Pledge and Corporate Social Innovation Compass
  • Increasing Access to Assistive Technology
  • Arthur Cox, a Pro Bono Champion in Ireland

News On Purpose

In This Issue

  • Another Banner Year, 2023 in Review
  • Activating Humanitarian Resources Near Rafah
  • Bringing Safe Water to Schools
  • New Canadian Bar Association President Leading By Example

Legal Resources to Support those Responding to Humanitarian Needs Near Rafah

In light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis near Rafah, our Lex Mundi member for Egypt, Shalakany, has generously provided high-level guidance for NGOs seeking to activate resources in the area.

Find answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the regulatory framework for incorporating a foreign NGO in Egypt?
  2. What are the challenges associated with the incorporation of a foreign NGO in Egypt?
  3. What are the available alternative forms of registration?

News on Purpose

In this Issue

  • Landmark UN Resolution on the Social Economy Passes with the Help of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and its Collaborators
  • Congratulations to Alfredo Silva, an Incredible Lex Mundi Member Lawyer and Champion
  • Afghan Musicians Find a New Home Thanks to Lex Mundi Member Law Firms