After winning Zayed Sustainability Prize, Sanku named most innovative

14Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
After winning Zayed Sustainability Prize, Sanku named most innovative

AN innovative food fortification project, Sanku has been named on US based Fast Company magazine’s annual list of The World’s 50 most innovative companies.

Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed (L) handing over the Zayed Sustainability Award to Sanku CEO, Felix Brooks

In a statement, US based Fast Company said its prestigious 2019 list includes the most notable global innovations of the year with impacts made on business, industry, and culture.

“Fast Company has distinguished Sanku for our use of game changing technology to combat malnutrition, improving the lives of over one million people,” the statement stated. The statement said Sanku which is working in partnership with Vodafone, has already brought the Internet of Things to 200 remote flour mills (and soon 3000) across Tanzania, enabling them to sustainably add life saving nutrients to the food millions of people eat every day.

“We join an impressive group of 2019 selectees, including Alibaba, Apple, Rocket Lab, and African Leadership University,” said Sanku.

Sanku which won the prestigious Zayed Sustainability Prize last January taking home U$ 600,000 is targeting to feed four million people this year. Last February, the project produced its one millionth bag of fortified flour.

“It happened on February 5th at Mama Lina’s mill in Tanzania, so we commemorated the occasion with a personalized golden bag to represent the milestone and amazing work of all our millers. Flour bags are a critical part of our sustainable model, enabling millers to cost-effectively fortify food with lifesaving nutrients for millions of people,” the project said in a brief statement.

Speaking in Dubai after receiving the Zayed Award from Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, Sanku CEO Felix Brooks said their target this year is to feed four million people with the fortified flour.

According to organizers, The Zayed Sustainability Prize received 2,100 applications from 130 countries this year which saw Sanku, which was the sole food category winner for improving the lives of over one million people in Africa, win it.

The prize, which is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability, honoured leaders whose work and spirit of enterprise has resulted in working solutions across communities around the world.

Their solutions addressed real-life social, environmental, health and economic challenges, as well as reflected the aspirations of a new generation of innovators within a continent that has one of the world’s biggest youth populations, the organizers said.

Another winner was Bboxx whose headquarters is based in London but bases its operation in Rwanda, won in the Energy Category with its plug-and-play solar device offering users an on-grid experience in an off-grid setting.

Finally, Mauritian based The African Leadership Academy won in the Global High Schools Category with its solution of a proposed creation of a water treatment machine called ‘The living machine,’ a device designed to treat greywater for use in greenhouses. The proposed solution also looks to implement solar power that will cut electricity costs and increase savings to fund additional renewable energy projects, across the continent.

Notably, to-date, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has award 66 winners who have directly and indirectly impacted the lives of over 318 million people, the Dubai based organizers added in their statement. 

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