From a mobile phone database for dairy farmers to a strain of sweet potato that can help fight child blindness, imaginative ideas that are tackling old problems.

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This article titled “Africa innovations: 15 ideas helping to transform a continent” was written by Mina Holland, Ian Tucker, Monica Mark, Annie Kelly, Olivia Honigsbaum, for The Observer on Saturday 25th August 2012 23.05 UTC

1 HIPPO WATER ROLLER

Idea: The Hippo water roller is a drum that can be rolled on the ground, making it easier for those without access to taps to haul larger amounts of water faster.

Problem: Two out of every five people in Africa have no nearby water facilities and are forced to walk long distances to reach water sources. Traditional methods of balancing heavy loads of water on the head limit the amount people can carry, and cause long-term spinal injuries. Women and children usually carry out these time-consuming tasks, missing out on educational and economic opportunities. In extreme cases, they can be at increased risks of assault or rape when travelling long distances.

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