Harvest 360°

Food Storage Simplified

A database and information flow system that will connect food storage facilities to strike a balance between shortage and surplus of food.

Use Case

Shadheen, a small-scale mango farmer from Jessore, is trying to sell his produce in another division, Sylhet. As he knows that mango doesn’t grow that well in Sylhet, he is expecting a shortage over there. But how can he be sure? He will access our database through the Harvest360° application and learn all about the situation in Sylhet in solid numbers. If Shadheen comes to know that there is, in fact, a shortage of mangoes, he can make arrangements to transport his produce to Sylhet immediately. But if that’s not the case, he can store them in for later usage. Through this approach, small-scale producers like Shadheen, will have better information and lesser risks. Small agro-based businesses will thus be more sustainable and, in the long run more profitable.

Potential

We believe that, by rolling out our plans effectively, we can contribute to the reduction of world hunger and food wastage by a significant margin. An idea like Harvest 360°, if integrated through out a developing country such as ours, has the ability to bind the traditional food supply network with a digital free flowing data system- suited for the modern world. Ours is a venture that can be of great use to the government, no matter the country. If the authorities have concrete data on food availability- which we will provide them with- they can cater to their people's needs more efficiently. The deficit between shortage and surplus of food is prevalent around the world and Harvest 360° has the lungs to address this problem head-on. It has the potential to become a truly global name.

Business Case

Harvest360° will be a for-profit organization that will provide services to farmers as well as storage facilitators. Our aim is to build an integrated database containing information about the amount of crops stored in each storage house and make it accessible through smart phone application and USSD protocol to connect areas that have a shortage of food with ones that have plenty. Initially, we plan to provide these services at a minimal profit, targeting large storage facilities and micro-farmers of a particular area. We will gradually provide these services across the country which will create a scope for hand-in-hand expansion of businesses. Our long term goal is to expand our network even further, connecting farmers and storage owners worldwide.

Objectives:

  1. Spread knowledge and establish transparency on food storage data.
  2. Connect the areas that have a shortage of food with the ones that have plenty of it through an integrated database.
  3. Decrease wastage by supplying surplus crops to those in need, thus reducing hunger.

Team Kaleidoscope

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Our Team

Insight + Insight + Insight / Published November 25, 2015 by Sadia Nusrat Siddique

Insight + Insight + Insight

Aspects we became aware of during our exploration mood - Insights on food and food related problems:

1. To connect shortage area with surplus area, the crying need now is of a smart use of existing technologies along with an innovative idea to create a live network that'll be available 24-7.

2. Handling loss is one of the major reasons for the high price of fresh food in south-Asian countries. Usage of irregularly shaped crates and faulty packaging is the main problem here.

3. Storage-owners lack the knowledge about chilling effect, misuse of disinfectants and importance of controlling the specific temperatures. This causes post-harvest loss.

Getting Expert Perspective / Published November 22, 2015 by Numaya Illma

Getting Expert Perspective

Team Kaleidoscope met with Dr.Mian Sayeed Hasan, post- harvest loss expert of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council(BARC).After hearing out our plan, he agreed that lack of knowledge and communication between the store houses does create shortage and surplus of food at different places in the same time frame.And this leads to a lot of wastage and losses.If the information can be made readily available for people, this wastage can be avoided.
We got in touch with Ashraful Alam, Software Architect, and asked about his thought on our project.He said that if we can make the uploading and downloading of data easy for users our project would be very much feasible.
We also had a meeting with A.T.M. Jakaria Khan lecturer ,IBA,University of Dhaka.He advised us to make information available not only through smart phone app but also through sms for feature phone users which we intend to do.These feedbacks were a great help for us.

On Time, On Target- Our design statement is ready / Published November 14, 2015 by Mujtaba Rafid

On Time, On Target- Our design statement is ready

First Office Hours :D / Published November 11, 2015 by Kazi Ahmed Arif Fuad

First Office Hours :D

Had our first office hours session just a while ago.

A big Shout-out to Lorena Galvan for being such a sweetheart. She was a great help. Hoping to meet her in Switzerland!

Feeling inspired. :D

Our Team / Published November 9, 2015 by Mujtaba Rafid

Our Team

Everyone's role behind Harvest 360°

Our Mission

We want to spread knowledge, sponsor equality and make the lives of billions of people a tad bit easier.

Our Background

Feeding 9 billion people and ensuring proper nutrition- while the number of agricultural lands is dwindling by the second, giving way to constant urbanization- seems impossible at the moment. Even with the innovations in the agriculture sector, most developing and underdeveloped countries are unable to reap their fruits owing to poor infrastructure. Therefore, the question arises- Will 86% of the population of the world continue to suffer from malnutrition and hunger while the rest of us throw away 1.3 billion tons of food every year? This is a problem that needs to be solved. Growing up in a developing country we have closely witnessed people suffering from hunger and malnutrition, people who had no control on what was happening to them, or what was to come ahead. Being a victim of ignorance and the greed of others is not an enviable place to be in. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen argued in one of his more famous works- Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation- that famine occurs not only from a lack of food, but from inequalities built into mechanisms for distributing food. And to address this issue we have come up with a proposal, which if applied in a proper and impartial manner, will ensure fairness and equality, and save people from an unnecessary misery.

Insight + Insight + Insight / Published November 25, 2015 by Sadia Nusrat Siddique

Insight + Insight + Insight

Aspects we became aware of during our exploration mood - Insights on food and food related problems:

1. To connect shortage area with surplus area, the crying need now is of a smart use of existing technologies along with an innovative idea to create a live network that'll be available 24-7.

2. Handling loss is one of the major reasons for the high price of fresh food in south-Asian countries. Usage of irregularly shaped crates and faulty packaging is the main problem here.

3. Storage-owners lack the knowledge about chilling effect, misuse of disinfectants and importance of controlling the specific temperatures. This causes post-harvest loss.

Getting Expert Perspective / Published November 22, 2015 by Numaya Illma

Getting Expert Perspective

Team Kaleidoscope met with Dr.Mian Sayeed Hasan, post- harvest loss expert of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council(BARC).After hearing out our plan, he agreed that lack of knowledge and communication between the store houses does create shortage and surplus of food at different places in the same time frame.And this leads to a lot of wastage and losses.If the information can be made readily available for people, this wastage can be avoided.
We got in touch with Ashraful Alam, Software Architect, and asked about his thought on our project.He said that if we can make the uploading and downloading of data easy for users our project would be very much feasible.
We also had a meeting with A.T.M. Jakaria Khan lecturer ,IBA,University of Dhaka.He advised us to make information available not only through smart phone app but also through sms for feature phone users which we intend to do.These feedbacks were a great help for us.

On Time, On Target- Our design statement is ready / Published November 14, 2015 by Mujtaba Rafid

On Time, On Target- Our design statement is ready

First Office Hours :D / Published November 11, 2015 by Kazi Ahmed Arif Fuad

First Office Hours :D

Had our first office hours session just a while ago.

A big Shout-out to Lorena Galvan for being such a sweetheart. She was a great help. Hoping to meet her in Switzerland!

Feeling inspired. :D

Our Team / Published November 9, 2015 by Mujtaba Rafid

Our Team

Everyone's role behind Harvest 360°

Our Team

Our Mission

We want to spread knowledge, sponsor equality and make the lives of billions of people a tad bit easier.Read More

Our Background

Feeding 9 billion people and ensuring proper nutrition- while the number of agricultural lands is dwindling by the second, giving way to constant urbanization- seems impossible at the ...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.