Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Green Revolution Africa Consults Calabar Green City Farms
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective of our project is to encourage a healthy eating by sufficiently meeting up the market demand for healthy organic vegetable fruits and honey products, bring about a shit from the use of fossils as sources of energy which is costlier and impact the environment negatively to the use of renewable energy (green energy) from solar and biogas all housed within the same location. Our crops are grown in a green house with bees hives located at different parts of the green house to encourage pollination and produce honey. Our biogas plant produces biofertilizer and biogas (biofuel). Our biofertilizer is used by us to grow our crops and also sold to farmers as a cheaper and alternative source of plant nutrients. The biofuel is sold to households and individuals for domestic use. The solar is installed within also and serves serve as a means of power generation which can be distributed to over 600 households. Diesel production is also done in situ from plastic wastes via a digester. With this approach, we shall not only be drastically reducing the rate of hunger and sustainable power generation but will be creating wealth and jobs for the unemployed. My team is made up of both Agriculturists and Engineers and the process has been modelled previously in 2017 by us.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The expected impact of this project is to drastically reduce the rate of hunger, reduce poverty, encourage healthy nutrition, support a green and safe environment through sustainable eco-friendly, affordable power and energy generation within the primary region of Calabar, Cross River State and other neighbouring localities. Our target is providing biogas for over 7000 households for domestic heat uses and increase to over 15,000 within 2 years of full commencement. We hope to build into the Nigerian Offgrid sector after showing our capacity to generate enough electricity needed to power households and would comb mostly rural neighborhood to build up energy stations to cater for the energy supplies in such places after our pilot phase of establishment in calabar. Our success shall be measured by impact we have made to the society. This will be measured in the form of number of employees, consumers needs met, community development and our revenue. Our target power generation at inception is 100 megawatts.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
From the $500 seed funding we obtained from Shell Nigeria Livewire Program for our green city project, we have been able to double up organic production of tomatoes, pepper and okra which have solved the vegetable fruit needs of calabar and enabled us to produce year round for commercial sales. Our customers so far are early morning food vendors, restaurants, hotels, event planners and schools. Although we are generating our green energy ( biogas) and biofertilizer on a micro scale level for now, we believe that with further revenue generation, grants and investments, we shall produce enough biogas to meet up over 8000 households needs while also producing diesel from plastics and biofertilizer from wastes on vast commercial quantity. We hope to expand to and replicate our project in other states of Nigeria. Pollination of crops in our green house is achieved using bees. In future, we shall venture into off grid energy supplies from our biogas for electrification of households while cultivating exotic crops enabled by the use of a green house. We shall also open up our tomatoes paste factory to create variety for our people. With all these and more, we believe that we shall be making serious impacts in ensuring a sustainable future through sustainable food production thus reducing food insecurity and sustainable environmental energy for all.
My name is Ebanyi John Ebanyi, male, 27 years of age (20/08/1991)and hail from Bekwarra LGA of Cross River State Nigeria. I am a graduate of Animal Science From Cross River University of Technology with a Second Class Upper and have as part of my team Lucky Ogeneyoreme, an electrical engineer and Philip Osadebey a crop scientist. We are working on drastically reducing the rate of hunger and poverty in calabar, Cross River State and Nigeria while solving the energy needs of the people thus supporting a healthy environment and sustainable living. This we are doing by producing crops and biogas while aiming to expand to other states and venture into off grid energy in future for our people through this green energy