Innovative technologies win development awards, by Zablon Odhiambo

Monday, June 6, 2005

A solar-powered oven, a cheap, eco-friendly pesticide, and a clean-burning charcoal briquette are among the innovations honoured last month by the 2005 World Bank Development Marketplace Awards.

The awards, announced on 24 May, carry funding of up to US$150,000 to support the continuation of innovative projects that reduce poverty and create sustainable livelihoods.

Among the winners were scientists in India who devised a cheap and effective method of killing a caterpillar called Helicoverpa armigera, which attacks nearly 200 types of crops, including pigeonpea and cotton, in the semi-arid tropics.
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Source: SciDev.Net