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Kenyan Esther Kimani Luggage £50,000 for Inventing Crop Pest Detection System

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Nairobi — Esther Kimani, a Kenyan, has been named the winner of Africa’s greatest engineering prize, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

The Academy introduced Kimani’s win on June 13 in a dwell finals occasion.

It settled on her early crop pest and illness detection machine for its skill to swiftly detect and determine agricultural pests and illnesses, decreasing crop losses for smallholder farmers by as much as 30 p.c.

“My mother and father would lose as much as 40 per cent of their crops every farming season, which affected our lifestyle. We’re empowering smallholder farmers, a lot of whom are girls, to extend their earnings. We purpose to scale to at least one million farmers within the subsequent 5 years,” she stated.

The solar-powered device makes use of pc imaginative and prescient algorithms and superior machine studying to detect and determine crop pests, pathogens or illnesses, in addition to the character of the an infection or infestation.

The machine then notifies the farmer through SMS.

This inexpensive different to conventional detection strategies leases for simply $3 per 30 days, considerably cheaper than hiring drones or agricultural inspectors.

Based by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014, the prize seeks to help innovators creating sustainable and scalable engineering options to native challenges in Africa.

Rising alumni

This yr has seen the Africa Prize alumni group develop to virtually 150 entrepreneurs from 23 international locations, who collectively have generated greater than 28,000 jobs and benefitted greater than 10 million folks on the continent by means of their progressive services and products.