THE University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) scientists have won the prestigious Leverhulme -Royal Society Africa Award following their successful research on development of chemicals from cashew nut shell liquid and sisal fibre for industries. The Leverhulme- Royal Society Africa Award worth UK Pound 150,000(300m/-) issued annually to the winning scientific projects aims at helping people in various sectors including health, agriculture, renewable energy, water and sanitation. The UDSM Senior Lecturer, Dr Egid Mubofu, told the 'Daily News' during the award handover on Monday evening that the project would add value to the cashew crop thus contribute to poverty alleviation. The grant from the award will provide us with the capacity building through training and equipment in order to carry out the project, he said. He said the cashew nut shell which is considered valueless could produce detergents and tsetse fly attractant which could lure tsetse flies to bait sprayed with insecticides while sisal fibres could make chemical for water treatment. On her part, Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award organizer, Prof Lorna Casselton said the award grant aimed at strengthening the research and training capacity in Africa, saying a total of twelve grants supporting bilateral research projects have been already made in Africa. Africa is well endowed with natural commodities, but it unfortunately still lacks in many cases the scientific and technological capacity to harness its natural resources for the wider benefit of society, she said. The UDSM research team which led by Dr Mubofu includes Dr Quintino Mgani, Dr Joseph Buchweishaija, Dr Anthony Mshandete and Ms Fatuma Hamad from Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) Chemistry Department. Source;Daily News - 8th Dec. Hongereni Sana.