Malawi's Stanford Muyila wins young scientist award in Japan

Malawi's Stanford Muyila has been awarded the Young Scientist Award in Japan during the Japan-China-Korea Grassland Conference. Muyila is currently studying towards a Masters degree at the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Japan.

As part of his award, Muyila received a scholarship to pursue further studies in Japan through the JICA program of ABE Initiative for youth.

Young scientist flying Malawi's flag

To win the award, Malawi's young scientist presented his research on "The Effect of Pre-treatment Method (Autoclaving and Pasteurization) on the Nutritional Value of Bagasse Incubated with White-Rot Fungi." In it he elaborates on a low-cost method of increasing the nutritional value of the agricultural residues that could be used as animal feed.

Malawi Young Scientist Stanford Muyila with other award recipients at the 7th Japan-China-Korea Grassland Conference.

Muyila researched and found methods that successfully pasteurized and incubated the bagasse without the need for sterilization equipment. He further found that his methods had the same impact as those of nutritional value improvement technologies. It means that we don’t really need those expensive machineries.

As such, based on his research and what he presented to the judges in Sapporo, Japan, Muyila was awarded 2018 Young scientist award at the conference.

Cover image credit: Stanford Muyila with other award recipients at the 7th Jaof thehina-Korea Grassland Conference.