Best Projects 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

AgriLife Limited

Published on June 1, 2021 um 09:01

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Managing Director

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registered company

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Explain your project in details:

In Africa, waste is a challenge for rapidly urbanizing cities. The proper disposal of waste and the necessary infrastructure is a heavy cost for cities and residents that they cannot afford, so 38% of waste in Africa cities is uncollected. For this reason, African cities find themselves ranked as some of the dirtiest cities in the world with large amounts of waste not being disposed of properly. In just Tanzania, about 3,000 tonnes of organic waste is generated every day. When organic waste goes to a landfill rotting organic waste emits methane which is 23 times as potent as CO2 as a greenhouse gas. According to the UN, rotting food waste accounts for 7% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. It also contaminates soil, air and water systems and is a breeding ground for diseases. On the other hand, poultry and aquaculture use the fish meal as feed due to their high protein content. In 2012, around 85% of global fish stocks were over-exploited, depleted, fully exploited or in recovery from exploitation. One way around this would be to stop depleting the natural supply of fish and start to farm fish commercially as we do with other livestock. However, the current feed for farmed fish is made up almost entirely of other fish. Some fish require as much as 1-8 kilograms of wild fish to create 1 kilogram of farmed fish. AgriLife produce alternative feed-protein ingredients using nature's most efficient agents, insects. We are pioneering a waste-to-nutrient insect technology using black soldier fly larvae to up-cycle organic waste into sustainable protein ingredients for the poultry and aqua-feeds industry. This is an alternatives novel solution and eco-friendly fish feed which are a potentially rich source of nutrient primarily targeting small to medium scale farmers and feed distributors.

Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

AgriLife proprietary technology incorporates vertical farming techniques to maximize the number of nutrients produced per area. No arable land is required, leaving more farm acreage to grow more food for people. Likewise, no added water is required as all the water the insects need comes from the recycled fruits and vegetables in their diet. Climate action (SDG13): Food waste that ends up in landfills produces a large number of gases such as methane, CO2 and chlorofluorocarbons which absorb infrared radiation and heat up the earth's atmosphere, causing global warming and climate change, which harnessed for insect upcycling wouldn't have such hazardous effects. Decent work and economic growth (SDG8): AgriLife will incorporate over 50 women and 50 youth on our out-grower system that alone will increase their income from 2$ to $5 per day which targets several SGDs indicators, such as 8.5: Full employment and decent work with equal pay and 8.6: Promote youth employment, education and training. Responsible consumption and production (SDG12): By using insect we can reduce 30% of food waste that ends up in landfills and produces a large amount of methane a more powerful greenhouse gas than even CO2. This environmentally responsible approach reduces the volume of organic waste in landfills while delivering high-quality nutrients for animal feed. Zero Hunger (SDG2): We reduce farmers cost of production by 40% by providing an alternative and cheaper source of animal feed protein, that will lower the cost of raising fishes and poultry and ultimately reduce the price for the consumer, thereby making food affordable. AgriLife uses quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the impact of our services on a quarterly basis using baseline and final impact or outcome public opinion surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus group discussions.

Sustainability and future plans

Our business model is business to business (B2B) with the aim to sell fish feed to fish and poultry feed distributors. This simplifies the logistical difficulties of distribution and allows us to outsource that aspect of the business to fish feed distributors that are much better equipped and experienced and already have customers. Phase I: AgriLife plan to expand production capacity because the facility we have now is a pilot one and limits our production capacity. We would invest in a large-scale facility to allow us to produce more bulky protein ingredients to supply the local market. So 60% would go towards the production facility: procurement of equipment, land, labour and everything involved with its construction. Phase II: expand our capacity in the collection of organic food waste up to 1 ton per month from local supermarkets, food-based factories, farms and restaurants our current collection and processing capacity is ½ ton per month. Phase III: AgriLife intends to diversify insect base with mealworms, Crickets and Grasshoppers which provide Folic Acid for prenatal care. AgriLife intends to be the leading company in Africa that provide nutrients for both human, animal and plant. Phase IV: Develop partnerships with individual farmers, local and foreign investors, farmer group/associations, traders, and wholesales that promote investment and business development opportunities also to conduct marketing outreach to farmers.

Your profile as an entrepreneur

My name Costantine Edward 25 years Old, I began my entrepreneurship journey in Tanzania by researching alternative animal feed, leading to fish meal: which possessed nutritional value and water sustainability as water could be re-usable. However, the quest had come to an untimely end, realizing that fish meal was expensive and would do more harm than good for the ecology. In 2019, I Co-founded AgriLife uses black soldier fly to up-cycle organic waste into sustainable animal feed. Qualifications and experience: Costantine Edward holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics and management from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University - China. Attended one-year precision agriculture training in Israel under Agrostudies, MASHAV Alumni 2020 Israel agency for international development and cooperation, AgroStudies Alumni 2020 Israel International Agriculture training centre, Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI) Alumni 2020 East Africa, Agribusiness Champion in Tanzania by YALI network 2019, Savvy Fellow 2020 Global brilliant fellowship program, and Ashoka Changemakers fellow 2019. Costantine had won the best entrepreneur of the year award by Mzumbe University entrepreneurship Camp. Mr Costantine is driven by his commitment to serve the community around him and one day he hopes to witness zero hunger and poverty among the people in his community.

AgriLife Story

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October 19, 2021 04:09

An outstanding project toward sustainable agriculture in Africa! A goal towards SDG 13 is really important considering the changes in weather pattern nowadays and your project is going for it !!

October 4, 2021 20:42

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.

Your project is amazing!

September 29, 2021 08:42

What a great and industrious idea. To obtain feed from properly managing organic waste ensures your idea is totally sustainable and very eco friendly. If more projects could come in this form with everyone considering the benefit of their idea on the environment it would be great.

September 13, 2021 08:26

Hi! Congratulations on your project, it sounds amazing. I think this is the exact type of innovation that our world needs today and it is inspiring to see the level of effort you have put into this.

I voted for your project, it would be great if you could vote for mine too :)

September 9, 2021 16:57

This is a great initiative, keep it up!
Your project will solve the environmental problems in a long-term period.
I wish if we can do the same thing in too many countries.
Wishing you the best of luck.