SELF-SUSTAINABLE FARMING FOR DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Explain your idea in details:
Developing cities have limited resources that are suitable for the growing of agriculture. Resources such as water are not easily accessible or suitable for consumption or agricultural uses. Thus, they face a challenge in creating sustainable sources of food for themselves. Our aim is also to introduce a self-sustainable food source to these countries to aid in the growth of their developing era.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our idea is aimed at developing countries. The reason behind targeting developing countries is because by introducing a self-sustainable food source to them, they would be able to rely less on importing food from overseas. This reduces the amount of money spent on imports, and allows them to redirect the money to the development of their country. Through the use of hydroponic farming and rainwater harvesting, the benefits of growing edible plants in an urban landscape and reducing carbon footprint nationally would be seen and felt by the community. Furthermore, there would be employment opportunities for the people in these cities. The jobs that could be made available are the maintenance personnel and harvesting personnel. The need for maintenance personnel is for the constant maintenance of the system is to ensure that the system is operating smoothly, as well as correct the errors or damages to the system that might affect the overall efficiency or output. The presence of the harvesting personnel would ensure that the produce are properly harvested, to prevent spoilage or being overgrown.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
As the idea is self-sustaining, the initial funds must be sufficient for the installations and maintenance of the idea at the introduction stage. The idea uses natural rainwater and natural sunlight, and does not run on electricity. This eliminates the need for water or electricity bill. Regular maintenance would be needed to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the idea. The intention is to work with governments of developed and developing countries, as to be able to have full cooperation and smooth implementation of the idea. It would also be beneficial as the main target partners are the governments of the countries, and collaborating with them would eliminate the need for a middleman that might cause miscommunication.
We are a team of 3 students, between the ages of 19-20, from Temasek Polytechnic. We are currently pursuing a diploma in Business Systems and Process Engineering. Our qualities that we feel would contribute to our success are that we are always gaining new knowledge through research and our passion to provide a solution that would be able to make the world a better place to live in.