Expedition Evergreen

Feeding the World Through Sustainable Agriculture

Utilizing GIS and satellite data to improve sustainable agricultural techniques.

Use Case

10,500 years ago, Earth had many vegetated areas such as the Sahel in Africa. People started migrating to rich vegetated areas, and resources diminished quickly. As populations rose, the total yield for global crops decreased, which created a deficit of food supplies and desertification. Today, 40% of the world’s agricultural land is seriously degraded due to overpopulation and poor farming practices. Government and aid programs can use satellite data within Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to reach out to target areas and present them with the best agricultural techniques for their soil and climate. Farming sustainably will increase food production without putting great pressure on soil resources.

Potential

GIS is a program that provides users with the ability to visualize and analyze data to understand patterns and trends. Envision GIS as a system with inputs and outputs; the inputs are user selected databases from satellites or hand measured data, the outputs are maps. When data is put into the GIS system, the program analyzes the patterns and relationships between the datasets and provides the user with a visual representation of these relationships. Everyday, dozens of satellites orbit Earth collecting data. Most of this data is easily available and shareable making it the perfect resource to solving the global issue of world hunger.

Business Case

Expedition Evergreen is targeting government and hunger relief aid programs to better the lives of millions. With quick tutorials on GIS found on our global networking platform, government and aid programs will be able to recognize compatible patterns between soil and weather in farmable areas to maximize the productions of crops without depleting the environment’s natural resources. These patterns can be used to make decisions on which plants will be best suited for crop rotations in the area of interest. Our platform will offer an interactive interface for users to share and collaborate on ideas. Predictable weather conditions and proper farming techniques will dramatically reduce the risk of over-farming and land degradation.

Objectives:

  1. Promote sustainable farming to prevent land degradation and soil erosion, allowing land use to be productive and prolonged.
  2. Improve agricultural practices to help repair damaged land and renew an area’s potential to successfully grow food.
  3. Use GIS to predict and prepare for climatic events in an area and plan for long term crop growth.

Team Expedition Evergreen

San Luis Obispo, California, United States of America

Our Team

  • Mackenzie Taggart California polytechnic state U , United States of America
  • Ivy Tan California Polytechnic State U, San Luis Obispo, United States of America
  • Tess Fillman California Polytechnic State U, United States of America
  • Dana Rao California Polytechnic U, United States of America

TFF Challenge 2016 Expedition Evergreen / Published January 11, 2016 by Dana Rao

TFF Challenge 2016 Expedition Evergreen

https://youtu.be/PIikBwyrRA4

Check out the Expedition Evergreen vision!

Counting down the hours / Published January 10, 2016 by Ivy Tan

Counting down the hours

We haven't had time to post too much as we came upon this challenge quite close to the deadline. However, we were able to come together quickly on developing new ideas and solutions. We are definitely cutting it close, but we feel that we have an amazing idea that will definitely change the lives of billions.

Our Mission

Our team is composed of four women, each contributing unique skills and knowledge to Expedition Evergreen. Two Cal Poly Business majors and two Earth Science majors have combined sustainable agriculture methods with global networking techniques to solve world hunger with a simple, accessible, and affordable solution.

Our Background

The Thought For Food Challenge presented an opportunity to tackle world hunger at the source of food, at the growing sites. Many people think that solving world hunger starts by giving money or food to aid programs. However there is a much larger problem that exacerbates world hunger. Soil fertility and earth’s capacity to grow food has been decreasing for many years. And as populations go up, total yield for global crops decreases which creates a deficit of food supplies, especially in third world countries. By providing sustainable agriculture techniques to those in need, we can increase the independent farmers crop yield and improve global soil quality as a long term solution for world hunger. what you care about, Expedition Evergreen wants to help solve world hunger and provide an educational resource, for those in need, to share our love of sustainability and earth friendly practices with the world. We care about the Earth and all its inhabitants. Large scale change starts with the individual, and if one individual can contribute to a bigger humanitarian effort, we can all help make earth a healthier place for everyone and eliminate world hunger by 2050! We want to impact world hunger on a larger scale through government aid programs. Government aid programs can use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and our global networking site (with interactive features) to teach themselves as well as others on how to farm sustainably. We would use GIS to accomplish large scale mapping. Satellite maps of various variables related to agriculture, (ground cover, soil type, crop type, vegetation, rainfall, etc.) would be used to analyze the growing potential of a specific area. Then, they will reach out to the target areas by presenting the best agricultural techniques fit for their soil and climate. We believe that helping people on a macro scale will provide a good foundation for smaller communities in the future.

TFF Challenge 2016 Expedition Evergreen / Published January 11, 2016 by Dana Rao

TFF Challenge 2016 Expedition Evergreen

https://youtu.be/PIikBwyrRA4

Check out the Expedition Evergreen vision!

Counting down the hours / Published January 10, 2016 by Ivy Tan

Counting down the hours

We haven't had time to post too much as we came upon this challenge quite close to the deadline. However, we were able to come together quickly on developing new ideas and solutions. We are definitely cutting it close, but we feel that we have an amazing idea that will definitely change the lives of billions.

Our Team

  • Mackenzie Taggart California polytechnic state U , United States of America
  • Ivy Tan California Polytechnic State U, San Luis Obispo, United States of America
  • Tess Fillman California Polytechnic State U, United States of America
  • Dana Rao California Polytechnic U, United States of America

Our Mission

Our team is composed of four women, each contributing unique skills and knowledge to Expedition Evergreen. Two Cal Poly Business majors and two Earth Science majors have combined ...Read More

Our Background

The Thought For Food Challenge presented an opportunity to tackle world hunger at the source of food, at the growing sites. Many people think that solving world hunger ...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.