A dry run

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Uganda’s farm­ers are in a dilemma. In the wet sea­son, they grow more fruit and veg­eta­bles than they can sell, so up to 40 per cent of the pro­duce goes bad. In the dry sea­son, the farm­ers can’t grow enough food, and many peo­ple go hun­gry.

Now en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Lawrence Oket­tayot, 23, is trav­el­ling across Uganda, sell­ing a de­vice he in­vented called the Sparky Dryer, which dries fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles so that they keep for months. It costs around US$ 80 and could help to feed peo­ple all year round.

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