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
Explain your idea in details:
The idea will be hitting two beds with one stone, reducing the adverse effect of piled up food waste while providing a cheaper fertilizer alternative to farmers and gardeners. The whole process is summed up in three stages. 1. Food waste is collected from its source. The initial plan is to start with large generators of food waste as, currently, only fresh waste can be used in the process. Eventually, the plan is to improve the composting method and introduce an app that allows locals to indicate when they have food waste to be picked up (rewards would be included). 2. The food waste is fermented and made into compost. The process generates two products; a high-nutrient liquid that can be used in gardening and the compost. 3. These two are sold to farmers and gardeners through various platforms including online shops, physical third-party shops and direct delivery to farmers who have ordered the product.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The impact is a steady decline in the amount of food waste that ends up in the landfills with an increase in the amount of compost being produced. The reduction in the food waste dumped would also reduce the carbon emissions that would have occurred if the food had been allowed to decompose.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Initial funding would come from family and friends, grants from various competitions, and the income I make from working various jobs. The start-up cost will include the procurement of the fermenting agent, construction of compost bins and sheds (fermentation process cannot occur under sunlight), transportation, land and fermentation bins. It could possibly include the cost of buying the food to make the compost. The revenue would come from the sale compost and the nutrient-rich liquid which would cover the running cost of the employees, continual purchase of bokashi (until I start producing mine), transport hiring and fuel.
We have not inherited the land from our fathers, we have borrowed it from our children- Dennis J. Hall. Over the years, various reputable research institutes and scholars alike have been warning us of the impending doom that will arise as a result of global warming. If current trends persist, the temperature of the world will increase by about 5 degrees Celsius. What does this mean for our planet? Rising sea levels, famine, drought, and disease, but what we dont realize is that the more destruction we cause the planet, the more pain we will bring to the younger generation. My name is Ibukunoluwa Agbaje, an 18-year-old from Ibadan determined to be part of the solution. I first developed this passion for the environment when I joined a club called Kijani where we turned waste from around campus to usable goods. Since then, I have been trying to play a part in the revolution. This idea is only the beginning as I desire to bring this revolution to the aerospace industry.