Team Making Gaza Garbage into Fuel Wins Japanese-Hosted Contest (News)


Gaza, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)—A team that developed a device to produce biogas and liquid manure from garbage has won a business contest hosted by young Japanese people in the self-governing Palestinian territory of Gaza.

The team, Ecohome, was awarded a prize of ¥500,000. In Gaza, how to dispose of garbage has been a serious social problem amid a shortage of landfill areas.

The contest, the second of its kind and held on Saturday-Monday, was organized by Japan Gaza Innovation Challenge, a nonprofit organization comprising some 20 members including U.N. and corporate workers, and university students.

It helps young people in Gaza to start businesses for their economic independence. In the territory, sometimes called an open-air prison due to the border blockade by Israel, the jobless rate remains high, particularly among young people.

Six of 80 teams passed written screenings and a preliminary round, and took part in the final round of the contest on Monday.

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