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Kiara Nirghin: Young and Innovative

At just 16-years-old Kiara Nirghin took the worldwide struggle of drought and created a way for agriculture to thrive despite lack of water. She proposed a solution that would increase the chances for plants to grow during droughts while also improving the environment and improving food insecurity. Nirghin was inspired to think of a solution when she learned about how the droughts in her home country of South Africa were affecting farmers and larger communities.

Nirghin, herself, faced the impacts of the drought when she developed a life-threatening disease caused by a parasite. She was sick for over a year but took this time to dive into her passion for science and research ways to battle the drought. Harnessing creativity and perseverance, Nirghin was able to develop a solution by taking her own initiative.

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