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South African Lecturer Awarded for Drought Forecasting Tool

A Free State academic has developed a drought forecasting tool to help small-scale farmers decide when to plant.

Last Friday, Dr Muthoni Masinde received the top award in the category Distinguished Young Women Researchers: Research and Innovation, at the annual Women in Science Awards in Johannesburg.

She is head of information technology at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein.

"I am humbled and excited about the award," Masinde told News24 at her office.

"I grew up in a village and I know how small-scale farmers are suffering. Some of them don't even read the papers and they don't understand what is happening, so the tool is something easy to use and it works for them."


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