NEER

Because water is omnipresent.

Agriculture and poultry is limited by availability of freshwater but our method removes it as a limitation and enhances food production.

Use Case

Agriculture and poultry demands huge amounts of water and utilizes 92% of the global freshwater consumed globally. This means the places, where the sources of water are saline, polluted or highly limited freshwater supply, food production is limited to non-existent. Our product focuses on farmers and people in these areas to expand their agricultural ventures. Currently due to unavailability of water has caused them to adapt limited agriculture practices which limits their food production. Such areas are hugely depended on exported food even for basic crops making them highly depended and vulnerable to climate change and fluctuations in market economy.

Potential

Our methodology can be utilized by the farmers and people at locations with limited freshwater availability to utilize the available sources of water, may be polluted, saline or from air, to generate enough water for irrigation. This increases the capability of expanding the cultivable land across arid regions, regions with polluted our saline water sources with usage of solar energy which means zero running costs. The land cultivation can be expanded by over 100% by this method. This would increase the food production and helping reducing the problem of food scarcity. This would also empower regions which are drought prone or lack water for irrigation to be able to become self-sufficient in food production

Business Case

Ours is a social entrepreneurial project which makes clean and fresh water available for agricultural , poultry and household purposes. The project targets agrarian economies like India and places in Africa where water is either dirty or saline.The proposed plant is a one time investment which uses only solar energy to function and is cost effective.The establishment cost is to born by Government, NGOs and cooperative societies.The whole life cost of the Life Cycle cost (LLC) is estimated to be negative due to the huge social welfare nature of the project- human capacities and institutional framework supporting food production will be enhanced paving way for higher quality of life for all. We also propose a system of "water credits" to monitor water usage and curb wastage.

Objectives:

  1. To be able to mitigate the problem of lack of freshwater for irrigation
  2. To make a ubiquitous method to increase clean water availability everywhere, which can be used for food production and domestic consumption.
  3. Boosting local food production to make regions self -sufficient to solve the food scarcity problem locally.

Team NEER

Kharagpur, India

  • Science / Engineering
  • Agricultural Production / Productivity
  • Global

Our Team

Team survey / Published December 7, 2014 by SAMEER RANA

Team survey

http://youtu.be/BkRrRSNxhUc

This is a short video made by taking interviews of countryside villagers from village named Gopali near IIT Kharagpur. People have been facing the problem of availability of clean water for household purposes. The sources of water are generally hand pumps, ponds which contain excessive amount of dirts and pollutants. Water contain surplus amount of salt, which is not a favourable condition for agricultural purposes as well. Agriculture is one and only source of income for most of the villagers. As the agricultural productivity gets hampered, poverty rushes into the lives of those people. They were asked if they would like to use the product developed by us. The answer we got was affirmative, unless it's economical.

Our Mission

We are well aware the interdependence of food production and clean water availability .By 2050 the food from agriculture and poultry should be sufficient for 9 billions. Having diversified engineering background, we have designed a novel water generation plant which cleans dirty water;freshens brackish water and even extract moisture from air. Using this we aim to make villages , agricultural lands and poultry farms self sufficient in water needs . Our mission is to improve value chain in whole process of food production. We as global citizens stand for social and pecuniary welfare of people with equitable resource distribution and opportunities for economic growth.

Our Background

We are all engineering undergraduate students with diverse majors. Sameer is Agricultural and Food engineering major, have in depth knowledge about food production and agro-economics. Sanket , a Mechanical engineering student , loves to think and design objects helpful daily life applications. Ravi is majoring in chemical engineering .He worked on making the idea of vacuum distillation practically implementable. Last but not the least, Priyank is an electronics enthusiast who gives out of the box solutions for problems. Together as Team Neer, we wish to remove water shortage as a bottle-neck for food production. We consider, Thought for Food as a fantastic platform which encourages us to discuss problems concerning water and food security, health and economy globally. TFF and its design lab was very crucial in giving a concrete form to our idea.

Team survey / Published December 7, 2014 by SAMEER RANA

Team survey

http://youtu.be/BkRrRSNxhUc

This is a short video made by taking interviews of countryside villagers from village named Gopali near IIT Kharagpur. People have been facing the problem of availability of clean water for household purposes. The sources of water are generally hand pumps, ponds which contain excessive amount of dirts and pollutants. Water contain surplus amount of salt, which is not a favourable condition for agricultural purposes as well. Agriculture is one and only source of income for most of the villagers. As the agricultural productivity gets hampered, poverty rushes into the lives of those people. They were asked if they would like to use the product developed by us. The answer we got was affirmative, unless it's economical.

Our Team

Our Mission

We are well aware the interdependence of food production and clean water availability .By 2050 the food from agriculture and poultry should be sufficient for 9 billions. Having ...Read More

Our Background

We are all engineering undergraduate students with diverse majors. Sameer is Agricultural and Food engineering major, have in depth knowledge about food production and agro-economics. Sanket , a ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.