Published on April 12, 2016 um 23:50
Explain your idea in details:
One of the major problems faced by most countries in the world, most especially the developing and underdeveloped countries is Malnutrition. Sustainable Development Goals "No Hunger" and "Good Health" are ettled towards solving this problem. Good health can be achieved by implementing a number of practices of which consuming balanced diet is one. Malnutrition has incapacitated the future leaders of countries battling with this problem, it has and is still claiming live. The common malnutrition problems are Micronutrients Deficiency, Protein-Energy Manutrition. EatWell Africa has taken the bold step of repackaging a natural product which solves one of the greatest problems posed to mankind-Malnutrition;which is the packaging of Locust Beans into cubes. Locust beans is a rich source of sugar,protein,ash,Vitamin A and Vitamin C. With 67.3% carbohydrate and 6.56% protein, locust beans combat the problem of Protein-Energy Malnutrition; enriched with Vitamin A- it solves a heart breaking yearly occurence of Vit A deficiency related blindness which occurs in about 250,000-500,000 children(WHO '16). With Vit C, Locust Beans serves as an anti-oxidant and promotes wound healing. Since Locust Bean Tree is widely distributed in Nigeria, EatWell Africa enjoys the advantage of harvesting the Locust bean pods in the SouthWestern part of Nigeria. This technology embracing packaging technique breaks the barrier of inavailability of the tree in other countries. Locust Beans packaged into cubes can be used as a seasoning in cooking culturally cherished dishes in Africa and across the world. Locust Beans has been tested and found useful in managing hypertension-a leading cause of preventable deaths across the world(Bioline International). over the years, preservation of Locust Beans has largely been by drying it which fails in preserving it over a long period of time. Packaging of Locust Beans into cubes by EatWell Africa,problem is solved, makes the product durable, without reducing its nutritional value.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The target population of Packaged Locust Beans is the world with more emphasis on continents with high prevalence of Vit A deficiency ( Africa and South Asia). The success of this innovation can be measured by the drastic reduction in Vit A deficiency and Vit A deficiency related eye problems. The success of this innovation would also encourage young minds in unraveling the wealth of combining Agriculture with Technology. The innovation will also salvage the wealth of environment, Health and Industry.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Packaging of Locust beans involves the harvesting of Locust Bean pods, drying the seeds(beans) and packaging them into cubes by engaging the usage of Machines. Implementation would pass through the following stages;
1. Siting: The industry would be located in Ekiti State, Nigeria, with a wide distribution of African Locust Bean Trees, hence, making the raw material available.
2. Market Strategy: Since the product would be the first of its kind in the Global market, awareness would be made via social networks, T.V adverts, Street awareness and also, liaisons would be made with reputable Organizations to promote the acceptance of the product by the Public.
3. Technology Exploration: The packaging would be done by machines, making work faster and supply of the product would be sustained in the Global Market.
This innovation would be sustained by;
1. Planting of African Locust Bean Trees: This would be done on the long-run to ensure the continuous supply of the raw material.
2. Maintaining relationships with notable organizations like WHO, UNICEF and others would help to further develop trust in the product and this will make the product acceptable to grassroots of each country.
3. Having branches in other countries to avoid very little supply compared to the high demand placed on the product in the world Market
Oludare Emmanuel hails from Ilesha-West, Osun State, Nigeria and was born into a family of Mr. & Mrs O. Fadare about 21 years ago. Oludare Emmanuel was brought up to be a dauntless, enterprising and God fearing. He is a 400L student in one of Nigeria's leading Universities, Obafemi Awolowo University, studying Nursing Science. He is focused, intelligent and obsessed by solving problems with knowledge acquired. He is respected for His invaluable leadership skills, problems-solving approach, enviable communication techniques. Motivated by Strive Masiyiwa and Dale Carnegie, Emmanuel has an unquenchable hunger for Business Expertise, Commitment to the Society and Leadership skills. He is a resource person in Associations in Nigeria.
Stage of Idea
Locust Bean Tree