The National Peace Corps Association's Africa Rural Connect website announces the winners of the first contest round. The website launched on July 15, 2009, and so far there are hundreds of ideas for Africa relating to improving communications and agricultural practices.
To learn more about these ideas and to hear Paul and Kingsley discuss them in their own words, please visit the Africa Rural Connect Updates page.
The 1st prize goes to Zittnet - Agricultural Network Centres
Cicely Brown and her team are working on using appropriate information communication technology to make information available on-site and in real-time in remote areas of Africa to make rural markets work more efficiently, driving greater economic value from agricultural activities.
2nd prize goes to Solar Energy Revolution in West Africa
Paul Munroe and his business partner want to start a solar power energy revolution across West Africa. They are developing ways to use solar electricity to improve health and educational resources in Benin, Mali and Sierra Leone.
And the 3rd Prize goes to Soymilk production expansion in Ghana
This project was brought to Africa Rural Connect by an RPCV, Kate Schachter, who contacted her villagers in Ghana and told them to be involved in the website. Kingsley Plockey and his wife have been working hard to produce soy milk and soy ice cream and posted their idea to expand soymilk production in order to increase access and availability of a high-protein dietary substitute for Ghanaians.
The website will continue to live on after the contest ends – but now is a great time to collaborate with others to help an idea win a prize. Who knows? The more ideas you post, the better your chances are to win! If you don’t think that you have an idea, maybe you have something to offer someone else’s.
There are 3 more rounds in this contest and the Grand Prize winner will get $20,000 to help implement the winning plan. The best ideas may come from a farmer that you know. As many people as possible can contribute to a winning idea to make it better. Go for it make a comment or improve an idea. We all just want to develop creative ideas for Africa.