2015 Winners

A patented alternative to livestock antibiotics – Prof. Adnane Remmal (Morocco)

Prof Adnane Remmal from Morocco is the winner of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 Grand Prize. He received USD 100’000.00 for his patented alternative to livestock antibiotics. This is a composition of natural phenolic molecules with anti-microbial (anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal) properties. This natural and innovative formula reduces the health hazard to cattle and humans, and prevents the transmission of multi-resistant germs and possible carcinogens through meat, eggs and milk to humans at no extra cost to farmers.

Farm Capital - Alex Mwaura Muriu (Kenya)

Alex Mwaura Muriu from Kenya won the Second Prize and was awarded USD 25 000 for Farm Capital Africa , a well-developed risk sharing agri-business funding model that draws in investors for a share of farming profits. This initiative identifies, screens and shortlists full-time farmers with small holdings and helps them devise farming plans to attract potential investors who earn profits over time. This is a viable solution to address the inability of committed, small scale African “agripreneurs” – who lack collateral and credit history to access traditional financing—from expanding their operations. An attractive farming initiative and investment option for those with extra capital, benefitting both small scale farmers and investors.

Smartspot Tbcheck – Prof. Lesley Erica Scott (South Africa)

Prof Lesley Erica Scott from South Africa is the winner of the Special Prize for innovation with the highest Social Impact. She walked away with USD 25 000 prize money for her Smartspot Tbcheck. Smartspot’s flagship product, the Tbcheck examines the accuracy of machines used to detect TB diagnosis. They are designed to assess whether these machines are functioning optimally. Unlike other products, Tbcheck is easy and safe to use and can be delivered to laboratories safely and economically. This will make diagnosing TB far easier and might go a long way in curbing the TB epidemic in Africa. Today TB is second only to HIV and AIDS as a leading cause of death in the continent.