Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
The Food Factory
Explain your idea in details:
The world's population is increasing day by day, and the need for food is also increasing. The question is, do we have sufficient food to cater to the ever increasing human population? Whether food is reaching to each and every human being? In the name of digitization everyone is blindly running towards technological world, competing with each other, lure for money and earthly desires are driving each one of us nowhere, because of this we are forgetting that no matter how much we modernise, how much money we earn and how much tech savvy we become we cannot survive without food. So whether we are taking any steps in encouraging farmers, helping them with proper stock of the produce and distribution, to prevent wastage of food. Some serious steps have to be taken to feed the less privileged as we just cant leave them alone for want of food. We need to figure out the gap between demand and supply of food at present. Then accordingly we need to plan for the future requirement. Right now 1/3rd of human population is affected with starvation and if we do not taking any concrete steps to curb this menace, there will come a time when this figure will keep increasing. At present around 60% of the world population is into farming and steps have to be taken to keep them interested in this sector. What can be done for providing sufficient food to everyone? Is being a farmer enough? He needs support and encouragements. He wants water, electricity, proper seeds and support from the government who will help them and also motivate them to work harder.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
In the present day the main problem faced by farmers is to maintain their produce and sell them directly to the end users. Taking advantage of this grim situation few hooligans started mediating and thus controlled the price of the produce before selling it to the consumers. Because of these mediators who act as merchants, farmers are not getting the basic minimum price of their produce which is either forcing them to commit suicide or move towards urbanization, as they have huge bank loans or hand loans they can't afford to pay off. If we follow the old method of barter system then there will be a sense of transparency with regards to the price factor. Thus farmers will get the due they deserve and consumers will be paying what is to be paid and not a penny more. Day by day the share of land inherited is becoming lesser and lesser resulting in diminishing net profit. This is making lot of farmers leave as they are unable to sustain their family, neither are they able to procure equipment's with the profit they earn. The mountain stands firm because of its strong base. No matter how great and famous we become, we need to be humble and respect farmers and help them with their problems. Because they are the reason for the food production in the first place. We need to reach out to each and every farmer by conducting awareness campaign and understanding their needs. Based on the paddy they want to cultivate we can plan for the supply of water and electricity by creating a proper documentation. Rather than prioritising industries over agriculture we can plan to provide 24*7 power supply to the agriculture sector as most of the works in this sector is in the day time.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
All said and done, the big question remains, what can the government do here? First of all an organisation comprising of selected farmers and land researchers can be constituted for studying and planning their geographical area. Based on the research carried out, the committee can figure out which cultivation will be most suitable and guide the farmers. The government should also help in financial assistance to the committee in procuring latest tools which can be given on low rent to the farmers in need. Being the son of a farmer I got an opportunity to go to the fields and see how modern tools are being used for cultivation whereas due to lack of technical knowledge a lot of farmers are deprived of the usage of modern technology and rely solely on the hard old methods. Initiative can be taken by the committee on conducting seminars at least once in every month and share and discuss new ideas being adopted world over. The government should also take control over manufacturing and distribution of seeds and saplings. This would go a long way in curbing the existing gap in case of distribution and illegal hording of produce. This will not only enlighten their knowledge but will also give them confidence and strengthen them for a better future. In the way a father feeds his children, a farmer feeds the entire world. So it would not be wrong to say that it is high time we save our fathers, we save our farmers so that we can get food to survive. Farming is not only about producing food but it is also about maintaining the ecological balance by reducing pollution and green house effect. Hence not only humans but the entire living creatures would be grateful to farmers.
My name is Bimal Patel and I am 24 years old. I was born in a small town in a farmer family. I grew up in nature's lap from my childhood. I was interested in farming from a tender age. From childhood I learned a lot of things about farming from my elders. I also learned the effective methods adopted by my elders in transporting food items all across the country. My parents always taught me the importance of food and the problem that can arise in future because of lack of food. And today it has become eminent. As a member of "kishan sangh of valsad, I meet many farmers daily. This sangh is fighting for the cause of farmers fraternity so that they can get a proper rate for their produce. By conducting regular meeting with all the members of that sangh they also teach us how we can produce food in our land based upon their experience and by seeing the plants they will teach what type of precautionary steps we need to take, In this way the farmers will be able to cultivate more. By using this skill set I aim to make people aware of how we can cultivate properly and how we can manage the output (in terms of transportation and storage) so that we all can stand together to prevent a epidemic like starvation, and drastic climate change.