16-year-old South African invents wonder material to fight drought

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  • Google prize winner, 16, uses fruit to tackle drought
  • Mixed skins form super absorbent polymer

(CNN)South Africa's worst drought in recorded history has left eight of the country's nine provinces in a state of disaster, with thousands of communities and millions of households facing water shortages.

The agricultural union Agri SA has requested over $1 billion in government subsidies to help farmers through the crisis, but a cut-price solution could soon be available -- from an unlikely source.