have been studied by several authors as a reinforcement in thermoplastic materials such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP) and starch/poly(lactic acid) (PLA) (Arib et al.
Short kenaf fibers, PALF
and mengkuang fiber have the density of 1.
Katelyn Donnelly, managing director of the PALF
, said: "We have a long held belief that the private sector can complement the public sector to help increase access to high-quality education and improve learner outcomes.
Hosted by South African Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, PALF
connected established and emerging writers for writing workshops, seminars, lectures, networking, and cultural activities.
was launched by Pearson in 2012 with $15 million in capital and a long-term goal of helping millions of children in the world access high quality education in a cost effective, profitable and scalable manner.
This is the PALF
s seventh investment and represents the Fund s commitment to high-quality, for-profit education to the low-income segment of the developing world.
The social venture netted investment from PALF
and Village Capital as part of the programme.
Katelyn Donnelly, the managing director of PALF
, commented, "Zaya Labs has demonstrated an unrivalled commitment to learner-centric product development, incorporating extensive teacher and student feedback into their product iterations.
These investments mark the fourth and fifth in the PALF
portfolio and represent the fund s commitment to supporting the delivery of quality education to those most in need.
Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor at Pearson and Chairman of PALF
As per PALF
Katelyn Donnelly, "Avanti is particularly exciting because it is a non-traditional pedagogy with very strong initial results.
It was this commitment from Akshay and Krishna to focus on improving the education of low-income communities, combined with an innovative learning model, that was the most attractive aspect of the investment opportunity explains PALF
executive director, Katelyn Donnelly.