I always hope that my research will, somehow, help rice farmers including ones in my home country, Thailand.
Wasin Sakulkoo, Halpin Scholar
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Professor Dragan Savic, from the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter, speaks about his research and how philanthropic funding can help find solutions to global problems.
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