Moroccan researcher Adnane Remmal has taken home the coveted Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 Grand Prize, scooping the US$100 000 in cash.
Remmal’s innovation, a patented alternative to livestock anti-biotics is set to transform the broader medical and agricultural sector in Africa as it aims at reducing health hazards in livestock, preventing the transmission of multi-resistant germs and carcinogens to human beings through consumption of milk, eggs and meat.
“My innovation provides farmers with solutions to improve their production … it is cost effective and can be easily adopted, giving farmers increased benefits without the side effects of anti-biotics,” said Remmal.
In the second position was Kenya’s Alex Mwaura Muriu and South Africa’s Lesley Erica Scott came third and was awarded the Special Prize for Social Impact. Both recieved US$25 000 respectively.
Murui, a young Kenyan entrepreneur, developed a system to meet the perennial challenge faced by African farmers in accessing capital to finance planting and harvesting by providing an alternative from the burden of financial loans through his Farm Capital Africa project.
Today TB is second only to HIV and AIDS as a leading cause of death in the continent. Smartspot TBCheck developed by Scott is an effective World Health Organization (WHO) approved calibration methods for TB diagnostics machines.
Now in its fourth edition, IPA saw a total of 925 applications from 41 countries and has attracted some 3000 applications from 49 African countries since its launch in 2011.
“African innovators are taking flight, their innovative ideas are increasingly proving to be transformative – not only for Africa – but for the world. Through the IPA, the AIF is fostering the development of robust innovation ecosystems, which are essentially nests for African entrepreneurs and innovators to develop solutions for African challenges,” said Jean Claude Bastos de Morais, AIF Founder and the brainchild of the Prize.
For the first time this year, all nominees received recognition through a US$5 000 voucher as a support fund to boost their different innovations in their home countries.
Africa Innovation Foundation (AIF) works to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalyzing the innovation spirit in Africa.