Our team’s idea is about manipulating the city’s organic waste while feeding the pigs and breeding fish with minimum cost. We categorize city waste into two groups: House hold waste Waste from restaurants Mobile apps are very popular at present day. We have designed an app to facilitate the process of collection of waste from households and restaurants. Through this app, users will upload information about quantity of their household waste (vegetable remaining, and remains of every day meal). Households will earn points, every time they provide us with their household waste. The points will earn them discount coupons through which they can shop various items in local shopping mall. Again, we can collect commission from shopping malls for luring customers for them. Next, in the similar way we’ll collect waste from restaurants. Then, the waste collected from the households and restaurants would then be distributed among the farmers who have subscribed to our service through our mobile application. The waste acts as a raw material for our project. The organic food waste is feed upon by pigs. Non ruminants feed upon grain foods and compete with human food, thereby causing hike in food price. About 70% of the cost required to raise a pig is accounted for feeding cost. We are observing a farm consisting of 12 ponds and 123 pigs since last 6 months. The owner of the farm, Janak karki, is happy to share his blissful thoughts regarding the organic waste food that we tested on a pen of pig (Pakhribas black) consisting of 15 pigs. He says, the pigs look even healthier. Also, the feeding cost declined from Rs 540 to Rs 230 per month per pig. We’ll very well serve this problem of expensive input for pig production. Our project doesn’t end here. Additionally, we’ll encourage farmers to establish a multiple ecosystem setup where fish pond is established near the pig’s pen. Fish varieties such as Common carp, Silver carp, Grass carp and Rohu (Labeo rohita) will be raised in those ponds. National land possession per household is 0.8 per hectare. In a survey that we conducted in a nearby village, we found that average land possession per family was 0.74 hectare. Mr Karki was delighted when he reported his last year’s earning. One of his ponds (where pig’s excreta was used as food for fishes) of area 0.3 hectare yields 3200 Kg Rohu fish yearly. Rohu trades at Rs 500-600 in local market. This figure ensures that multiple ecosystem setup can bring drastic changes in life style of farmers adopting this practice. Our project delivers following benefits: • Food waste management of city’s household and restaurants. • Competition posed to human food by using grain food (maize, wheat, soya bean) to feed the pigs will experience a sharp plunge. • Through the setup of multiple ecosystem farmers can uplift the living standard of their farmers. • Land encroached by landfills (waste site) will reduce. To sum up, our project is feasible in nations like Nepal, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, etc. Where there is problem of waste as well as high demand for pork and fish, this project rightly fits. Raj Uprety is final year student of Economics at Tribhuvan University. He has previously been engaged in many projects regarding food security and energy. He was also one of the 10 finalists to present idea on solving problem of food security, at 5th International Forum on Food and Nutrition which was held at Milan, Italy. He has knowledge as well as experience on project management. Kailash Bhattarai is pursuing Bachelor degree in Agriculture at Tribhuvan University. He has good experience regarding poultry, pig farming, and fish breeding. Angesh Rathi is pursuing Masters in business studies. He has been in recycling business for past 5 years. He is also well acquainted with business mechanisms. He is Co-founder of Himalayan Aquatic Research Centre in Chitwan, Nepal that works in the field of Waste Management.
We want to participate in this challenge to put forward an innovative solution which has huge potential to bring about positive improvements in the field of food waste management and animal feeding as well as counter increasing land transformation into compost sites. These all benefits are encapsulated in an effective business model. Thought for food is a great platform where students like us can meet and share knowledge with other similar minded students, while receiving guidance from experts from diverse fields and expertise. We are from the fields of social sciences and management, so we care about people like us and we always are in drive for finding solutions for the problems that fit within the boundary of our knowledge and expertise. We care about innovation, and on top of that we believe in sharing of innovation. We are interested in developing a multi-dimensional business model comprising of city waste management tool facilitated with a smart mobile application along with animal feeding program which will be conducted in a multi ecosystem environment and also promises quick and clear results. We want to operate a city organic waste management project which not only solves the waste management problems of households and restaurants but additionally we also promise to make the diet of pigs easily available at much cheaper rate and last but not the least, we will provide a comprehensive learning program to impart knowledge about establishment of multi-ecosystem farming environment which will be a great aid in augmenting income of farmers.