RAFT Reservoir-based Alternative Farming Technique

The farm that floats!

RAFT promotes a local farming technique: Water-hyacinth based floating farms; overcoming food production barriers like flood & landlessness.

Use Case

Around 11.4% of all households in Bangladesh are rural landless people. Additionally, each major flood displaces around 3.9 million people. Flood situations pose a double-headed challenge. The flood takes away their livelihood, so there is no money to buy food. As there is no land, they can’t grow food. What can they do? RAFT provides a simple answer to that question: grow food on nearby water-bodies. It works both as a steady source of nutritious food & a potential source of livelihood for the target population. Not just Bangladeshi farmers, but farmers everywhere can benefit from RAFT. Farmers from countries all over the world are struggling economically due to landlessness and various negative effects of climate change. This alternative farming method can change their lives.

Potential

The bottom of the pyramid is easily the hardest hit segment in the global hunger problem. In addition to the millions of people within the segment that RAFT can directly impact in Bangladesh alone; the project is intended to operate in other areas. Countries with a large agricultural focus, and proximity to large water bodies such as Vietnam, Nigeria, Myanmar and others can benefit greatly from the project. Geological factors and climate change will cause significant amounts of land from such countries to be lost underwater, as sea level is expected to rise 19 inches by 2050. Not only can RAFT help the people in global warming-threatened areas now, it can give them the resources for future survival. Thus, it can play an important part in the global fight against hunger.

Business Case

We aim to approach 14 most flood-prone districts in Bangladesh for our initial implementation of RAFT. The target is implementing capacity building projects for the unaided households over a 5 year project period. We will partner with existing NGOs with strong networks. Business expenditure and capital investment requirement is minimalistic as the project utilizes inexpensive raw materials and basic farming techniques training. This will make the project especially accessible for our target population. RAFT has a high potential for expansion to other countries and can be established as a developmental agricultural model for the landless. Since farmers are heavily influenced by word-of-mouth, successful ventures of RAFT will help influence other households to adopt the method.

Objectives:

  1. Increasing total food production & reducing food insecurity without using up additional land resources
  2. Enabling farmers to overcome rising water levels from flooding, weather patterns or climate change
  3. Providing a viable avenue of independent farming for landless, economically disadvantaged families

Team Kung Food Panda

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Our Team

What are the benefits of using R.A.F.T.? / Published January 10, 2016 by Samina Sarwat

What are the benefits of using R.A.F.T.?

100 Likes on Facebook! / Published December 5, 2015 by Muhtasim Sarowat Rayed

100 Likes on Facebook!

How RAFT addresses Bangladesh's Food Security Problems / Published November 26, 2015 by Muhtasim Sarowat Rayed

How RAFT addresses Bangladesh's Food Security Problems

Trading food security for environmental sustainability? / Published November 26, 2015 by Samina Sarwat

Trading food security for environmental sustainability?

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Pictured above: Only the Brazil nut trees—protected by national law—were left standing after farmers cleared this parcel of Amazon rain forest to grow corn. Despite progress in slowing deforestation, this northern state of Pará saw a worrying 37 percent spike over the past year.

"We can no longer afford to increase food production through agricultural expansion. Trading tropical forest for farmland is one of the most destructive things we do to the environment, and it is rarely done to benefit the 850 million people in the world who are still hungry. Most of the land cleared for agriculture in the tropics does not contribute much to the world’s food security but is instead used to produce cattle, soybeans for livestock, timber, and palm oil. Avoiding further deforestation must be a top priority."

Food security is an extremely important issue for us. But damaging our environment to this extent in order to increase food security is not a sustainable practice. As such, agricultural expansion is not a viable, long-term solution for producing more food to feed the ever growing population of the world. We cannot trade short-term survival for assured extinction in the long term.

Our Logo, Digitized! / Published November 21, 2015 by Muhtasim Sarowat Rayed

Our Logo, Digitized!

After finalizing on RAFT's logo design, we re-created it for the computer screen. We are pretty pleased with how it turned out, ourselves!

We are edging ever closer to the final pitch. Keep us in your prayers and stay tuned with our blog for the latest updates on RAFT!

Our Mission

Growing up in a developing, riverine country, we have witnessed time and again how food shortage can devastate the common people. We have seen flooding regularly wreak havoc to the crop production of this land. We have also observed economically disadvantaged farmers being exploited due to not owning arable land themselves. We wanted to be involved in something that would help disadvantaged farmers, and could increase food production worldwide at the same time. We believe that our project is an opportunity for us to directly contribute to the worldwide fight against hunger. By 2050, we hope to reach all the parts of the world our project would be suitable for, which would put a significant dent in the global food crisis scenario.

Our Background

The 4 members of Kung Food Panda are all from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. We were brought together by our shared passion for changing the world. Business students by day, we are a diverse bunch engaged in a lot of different activities ranging from writing to marketing and entrepreneurship, etc. With Kung Food Panda, we want to utilize our diverse skills and take an all-action approach to fighting hunger.

What are the benefits of using R.A.F.T.? / Published January 10, 2016 by Samina Sarwat

What are the benefits of using R.A.F.T.?

100 Likes on Facebook! / Published December 5, 2015 by Muhtasim Sarowat Rayed

100 Likes on Facebook!

How RAFT addresses Bangladesh's Food Security Problems / Published November 26, 2015 by Muhtasim Sarowat Rayed

How RAFT addresses Bangladesh's Food Security Problems

Trading food security for environmental sustainability? / Published November 26, 2015 by Samina Sarwat

Trading food security for environmental sustainability?

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Pictured above: Only the Brazil nut trees—protected by national law—were left standing after farmers cleared this parcel of Amazon rain forest to grow corn. Despite progress in slowing deforestation, this northern state of Pará saw a worrying 37 percent spike over the past year.

"We can no longer afford to increase food production through agricultural expansion. Trading tropical forest for farmland is one of the most destructive things we do to the environment, and it is rarely done to benefit the 850 million people in the world who are still hungry. Most of the land cleared for agriculture in the tropics does not contribute much to the world’s food security but is instead used to produce cattle, soybeans for livestock, timber, and palm oil. Avoiding further deforestation must be a top priority."

Food security is an extremely important issue for us. But damaging our environment to this extent in order to increase food security is not a sustainable practice. As such, agricultural expansion is not a viable, long-term solution for producing more food to feed the ever growing population of the world. We cannot trade short-term survival for assured extinction in the long term.

Our Logo, Digitized! / Published November 21, 2015 by Muhtasim Sarowat Rayed

Our Logo, Digitized!

After finalizing on RAFT's logo design, we re-created it for the computer screen. We are pretty pleased with how it turned out, ourselves!

We are edging ever closer to the final pitch. Keep us in your prayers and stay tuned with our blog for the latest updates on RAFT!

Our Team

Our Mission

Growing up in a developing, riverine country, we have witnessed time and again how food shortage can devastate the common people. We have seen flooding regularly wreak havoc ...Read More

Our Background

The 4 members of Kung Food Panda are all from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. We were brought together by our shared passion for changing ...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.