Two African companies have each secured US$600,000 while one secured US$100,000 after emerging winners in this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards.
Sanku, the winner in the Food category, was recognised for its flour fortification machines that equip and incentivise small-scale, local millers to fortify their flour with nutrients using innovative technology. Sanku has currently installed 150 fortification machines in flour mills across five East African countries, impacting the lives of almost one million people daily by providing them with safer and healthier food sources.
BBOXX, an energy solutions provider in Africa won in the Energy category for its plug-and-play solar device, offering users an on-grid experience in an off-grid setting while South African based education institution, African Leadership Academy share the top position with five other institutions in the Global High Schools category for its water treatment machine called “The Living Machine,” which treats greywater.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulated the winners and praised their efforts and valuable contribution to support sustainable development. He encouraged them to keep up the good work to find innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future global challenges.
He also praised their creative ideas and efforts that have contributed to the economic and social development of their countries and regions.
“This year’s awards mark a significant milestone in the history of the prize and the UAE. Throughout 2018, we saw the nation unite in commemoration of the UAE’s Founding Father, with the Year of Zayed. The celebrations inspired the prize’s evolution to recognise a wider scope of globally impactful solutions to address the world’s sustainability challenges.”
First established in 2008 as the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the Zayed Sustainability Prize is a global award inspired by the sustainability legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The format of the Prize invites organisations including small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profits to submit existing solutions that have already demonstrated a positive impact in Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools category.
The award culminates in an annual awards ceremony, held each year during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and attended by global heads of state, UAE government ministers, stakeholders, previous winners, beneficiaries.
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