Rwandan students win innovation award to start pesticide and fertilizer business | The new times

The Green Promoters, a team of five young Rwandan innovators have won the 2022 Wege Prize, a competition organized by the Wege Center for Sustainable Design-USA at Kendall College of Art and Design.

Their winning project is to make an eco-friendly, safe and affordable product that can be used as both a pesticide and a fertilizer.

The competition launches game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college and university students around the world.

This year’s Wege Prize 2022 attracted 31 teams from 70 global academic institutions from 29 countries.

They competed for $65,000 in total cash prizes, while helping to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like.

Comprised of Rwandan students with a passion for agriculture and environmental sustainability from the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University and Davis College – Akilah, Green Promoters won first place in the competition of this year with a cash prize of $30,000.

The money will be used to establish EZA Two-in-One, an environmentally friendly, safe and affordable product that can be used as both a pesticide and a fertilizer.

Commenting on the award, Green Promoters Team Leader, Marie Merci Uwimbabazi, a student at the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture, said it was a very great honor for the team to represent Rwanda and its universities on the world stage to win the biggest prize which will be the initial investment in the implementation of their project.

“We were privileged to be recognized as the first winner of the 2022 Wege Prize and we are moving forward in implementing this idea to serve our community and the world,” she said. .

Young innovators have high hopes that their product will have a significant impact.

“The new product and processes benefit the challenges of waste and unused resources in various communities while creating new opportunities. The introduction of EZA Two-in-One promises to reduce the cost of imported inputs, while promoting the security of agricultural production in Rwanda,” said Emmanuel Tuyishime, Green Promoters team member and student at the College of Electrical Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University.

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