Best Ideas 2022 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.
Explain your idea in details:
Global massive food wastage. A study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that almost one third of the food produced for human consumption about 1.6 billion tons per annum is wasted globally (FAO,2022). This has resulted to uneven distribution of food in different parts of the world. It has also led to greenhouse gas emission caused by the wasted food. Brightstar technologies projects that it will reduce these by 35% through designing of storage bags that extends agricultural produce shelf life. Reference ("FAO - News Article: Food wastage: Key facts and figures", 2022)
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Target: We aim to provide a scalable mechanism for storing agricultural produce which is achievable by designing and implementing technologies that will increase the produce shelf life. This will in turn reduce the current food loss which is at 17 percent of total global food produce, a report by (Nations) by 35 percent in a 5 year period. A study done by World Wildlife Fund shows that wasted food rot produces methanea greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. About 6%-8% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced if we stop wasting food. Success evaluation We will provide feedback and testimonies from our potential clients based on evidence we gathered.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Financing: We have so far raised $500 as our initial capital. In addition to our initial capital of $500 we are planning to pitch and present our project to donors and corporate to attract their support. In our first year we will focus more on research oriented implementation so as to ensure sustainability and resilient of our product in the market. In the next 5 years we target to outsource at least 500,000 bags which will enable us to raise enough revenue for expansion and relevance of our business. The investment we have, has been used in furthering the research work and prototyping. Any funds we will receive will be channeled to further implementation and to do sales marketing. We purpose to use hard manufacturer model. We will use various components and technologies to make bags which will be used to store produce. We will design and implement preservative bags that trap ethylene gas which is responsible for fruits and vegetables ripening hence increasing their shelf life. The bags will be equipped with sensors and actuators that will help monitor the level of ethylene gas and then trigger release of NaMnO2 when their level rises. The bags are connected to a central system that analyzes the conditions of the substance in the bag and sends a notification to the owner. Collaborators: So far we are a team of two,Michael muturi a friend of mine and I.We are open and welcoming other partners who would like to team up with us.
Age:22years Background: I come from Highland regions of Kenya(Eldoret,Kenya).Most of the people in Eldoret are farmers growing crops such as maize,wheat,bananas,sorghum,oranges,guavas,vegetables etc.The challenge most farmers and agricultural suppliers/retailers face is lack of techniques and methodologies capable of preserving agricultural produce for a long period of time.This always leads to massive food waste in addition to accruing losses to farmers,suppliers as well as retailers. Motivation: I am always motivated in solving a societal problem and having impacted others in a positive way. Awards/Recognition: 1.Fostering Economic Leadership Award. Contributed in East African Economic Symposium to discuss the topic "Building Business Resilience and Sustainability during Economic Recession and Pandemic for the Achievement of Vision 2030." 2.Semi Finalist in Climate Science Olympiad. Awarded honors for participating semi finals in UN climate science Olympiad 2022. 3.Essay Competition Award. Participated in an Essay competition to discuss the topic "Ethnic mobilization have been divisive factor in Kenya and has modified the kind of politics played.How can we move from ethnic based politics and other political ideologies to use an alternative." 4.Tech for Good 2022 Award. Awarded for participating in a collaborative competition on how Technology can be used for Social Good.