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West Africans dominate engineering innovation prize

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Biowaste processor for smallholder farmers takes main award

West Africans engineers have won nearly all the awards of the 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation announced on 8 July.

Noël N’guessan, a chemical engineer from Côte d’Ivoire, won the main prize worth £25,000 (US$35,000). He received the nod for low-cost biowaste processing equipment aimed at smallholder farmers. Called Kubeko, it consists of a composter and biodigester that ferments post-harvest by-products for use as compost and cooking gas.

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