Project Siros

Back to basics for a simpler and greener way forward.

Airtight, with thermochromic and hydrochromic labels to monitor temperature and moisture, Project Siros is the way forward in grain storage.

Tags:
  • Airtight
  • Empowering farmers
  • Extended grain storage
  • Grain for everyone
  • Grain storage
  • Hydrochromic
  • Project Siros
  • Simple solution
  • Small-scale farmers
  • Thermochromic

Use Case

Ram has 3 grain storage problems: first, he can’t afford a silo; second, the salt-jar method to detect grain moisture is too pricey over time; and third, the unpredictable weather makes it hard to monitor grain temperature. NGOs introduced Ram to Project Siros; an inexpensive, reusable moisture detector and storage bag. All he needs to do is fill a jar of grain with our hydrochromic label and shake it. If the label changes color, the grain needs redrying. Otherwise, he can store his grain in the Siros bag. This airtight bag prevents entry of pests, water and oxygen, thus protecting the grain from infestation and infection. The thermochromic label in the bag measures the temperature of the grain. Ram is happy now because with these indicators, he knows when to treat the grains.

Potential

Post harvest, many farmers in developing countries sell a portion of their crops at low, unprofitable prices. The remaining harvest are often left to rot as proper storage methods are unavailable. This causes the already low supply of food to fall, while demand skyrockets due to the ever increasing population. This growing gap between demand and supply results in widespread hunger in developing countries. Siros aims to provide a solution by ensuring that grains stay edible until the next harvest. We are confident that Siros, being a low-cost, insecticide free, and village-proven storage solution is able to tackle the post-harvest losses of crops due to inadequate storage. Siros provides a stepping stone towards global food security.

Business Case

One of Project Siros’s aims is to encourage the participation of the local community in both implementing and marketing our storage solution. We will co-operate with local NGOs to distribute our products to the local retailers so that farmers will then be able to purchase them. When requested, graphic instructions in their local language will be printed and distributed for greater ease of implementation, increasing the approachability of our product in the local communities. To ensure that Project Siros stays alive and affordable for the people in developing countries, we will need to garner as much support as we possibly can. To achieve this, we will set-up a crowdfunding page where funders will have choices like donating Project Siros’s products to farmers in developing countries.

Objectives:

  1. Raise awareness about the difficulties in grain storage in developing countries.
  2. Encourage local participation by introducing a concept that pivots about the understanding of small-scale farmers’ culture.
  3. Bring Project Siros to more than two third of the world’s small-scale farmers.

Team Project Siros

Bristol, United Kingdom

  • Science / Engineering
  • Food Waste / Consumer Issues
  • Global

Our Team

Concept - Project Siros | The Global Dinner | / Published December 7, 2014 by Masheyr Devaser

Concept - Project Siros | The Global Dinner |

http://youtu.be/1II1jxf3Elk

The Global Dinner, a team of five students from the University of Bristol, have come up with Project Siros to work towards feeding nine billion people across the world by 2050. Thought For Food Challenge 2014.

Etch-A-Sketch / Published December 6, 2014 by Wei Jing Lok

Etch-A-Sketch

Mash is making some final edits on our concept logo. Can't wait for the Final Pitch to be published!

Project Siros Pitch / Published December 6, 2014 by Masheyr Devaser

Project Siros Pitch

http://youtu.be/XMs5FauhKHc

The Global Dinner, a team of five students from the University of Bristol, have come up with Project Siros to work towards feeding nine billion people across the world by 2050. Thought For Food Challenge 2014.

Aye people! / Published November 9, 2014 by Yow Wei Ler

Aye people!

Hi guys, we are " the global dinner" joining the TFF Challenge 2014. Our milestone is to come up with an astonishing idea to solve the world food hunger problem in 2050. Follow us to know more about our solutions and progress of tackling the problem.

Our Mission

The Global Dinner develops storage bags aimed at small scale farmers in developing countries. This complements existing grain storage methods to reduce post harvest losses. We hope that this would be able to close up the gap between the demand and supply of food, hence relieving local hunger problems. With the current rate of population growth and food production, a food crisis is predicted in 2050, when 9 billion people need to be fed. In this crisis, the developing world will be hit the hardest. By easing the hunger situation now, we hope that we could help reduce the problems faced by the developing countries by 2050. We aim to uplift and inspire small scale farmers in third world countries with our storage solution. We want our product to be affordable, sustainable and effective; to provide the optimal length of storage of food.

Our Background

We are a group of university students coming from a variety of places. Malaysia, Singapore and UK to name. We are studying a variety of courses. However ,whilst our roots and education differ we all have the common objective. Using our skills to try and help the world. Suraj: I believe the greater position you are in, the greater the responsibility you have towards helping the less fortunate . Coincidently TFF came up and I realised this is the opportunity to learn how to help and more importantly make a change to people around the world. Masheyr: I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone and joining this project would put me in the perfect place to learn new things about the world and try to play some role in a bigger cause. Wei(Team Captain): Knowing that despite much effort and resources is put into helping the developing countries, the solutions enforced are inappropriate for small scale farmers. Therefore I have the desire to change this, by introducing a suitable solution to solve world food security Jon: I joined TFF because I wanted to learn something new and to contribute to the world what I already know. World hunger has always been a persistent issue despite the efforts of many organisations. I want to gain a better understanding of the problem and be able to contribute to the solution. Ler Yow Wei: Joining TFF allowed me to realise how serious the world food hunger problem is. It has made me more aware and motivates me to work with my peers, to come up with solutions that can help the needy. TFF allows me to think more deeply and to consider other different factors whilst coming up with a solution. I am sure joining TFF has benefited in all aspects.

Concept - Project Siros | The Global Dinner | / Published December 7, 2014 by Masheyr Devaser

Concept - Project Siros | The Global Dinner |

http://youtu.be/1II1jxf3Elk

The Global Dinner, a team of five students from the University of Bristol, have come up with Project Siros to work towards feeding nine billion people across the world by 2050. Thought For Food Challenge 2014.

Etch-A-Sketch / Published December 6, 2014 by Wei Jing Lok

Etch-A-Sketch

Mash is making some final edits on our concept logo. Can't wait for the Final Pitch to be published!

Project Siros Pitch / Published December 6, 2014 by Masheyr Devaser

Project Siros Pitch

http://youtu.be/XMs5FauhKHc

The Global Dinner, a team of five students from the University of Bristol, have come up with Project Siros to work towards feeding nine billion people across the world by 2050. Thought For Food Challenge 2014.

Aye people! / Published November 9, 2014 by Yow Wei Ler

Aye people!

Hi guys, we are " the global dinner" joining the TFF Challenge 2014. Our milestone is to come up with an astonishing idea to solve the world food hunger problem in 2050. Follow us to know more about our solutions and progress of tackling the problem.

Our Team

Our Mission

The Global Dinner develops storage bags aimed at small scale farmers in developing countries. This complements existing grain storage methods to reduce post harvest losses. We hope that ...Read More

Our Background

We are a group of university students coming from a variety of places. Malaysia, Singapore and UK to name. We are studying a variety of courses. However ,whilst ...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.