Moyo Nua, a project aimed at revolutionizing the agricultural practices of developing countries, won the inaugural “Peace Through Trade” competition hosted by the World Trade Centers Association Foundation (WTCAF).
The winner was announced at The World Trade Centers Association’s (WTCA) 50th annual General Assembly (GA) in Queretaro, Mexico.
Moyo Nua was founded by students Jack O’Connor, Catherine Hallinan, Seamus Hurley and Aoife Hand, who designed an ergonomic seed planter for smallholder farmers in Malawi.
The Peace Through Trade competition aims to identify and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders in World Trade Center (WTC) cities. Teams were asked to present original projects, products or other innovative ideas that exemplify and promote social innovation and sustainability through collaboration, fair trade, and ethical international business practices.
“With Moyo Nua, Jack and Catherine have created a project that is equal parts practical, idealist and inspiring,” said WTCAF Executive Director, Andrea Garwood, also Executive Director of WTC Trieste. “The selection committee was immediately taken with the submission and we are immensely proud to name Moyo Nua as the first winner of the ‘Peace Through Trade’ competition.”
Moyo Nua submitted through WTC Dublin and was unanimously voted as the winner.