Bioler

Fuelling food accessibility

Making low cost and sustainable bio fuel from chicken waste and feathers, for use in agricultural machines; thereby, reducing food prices.

Use Case

The soaring prices of fuel and gas greatly contributes to food insecurity in developing nations. Farmers use fuel during cultivation and people engaged in post harvest processing use fuel in the machines. The high fuel prices make production very expensive for farmers, limiting their income. This makes the produce expensive for the end consumers. Bioler is a low cost alternative to traditional fuels and other biofuel. Farmers and post harvest processers can use Bioler to run tractors, water pumps, power-tillers, reapers and harvesters. This will lower production cost for farmers, helping them to increase their profit margin. However, the prices of the final food products will also decrease for end consumers. This happens because the existing price of fuel is much greater than Bioler.

Potential

Traditional bio fuels are composed of valuable food stocks and are quite expensive. The prices of other fuels are also very high and on the rise. Bioler is made from chicken feather meal, making it an affordable alternative. Keeping a profit margin of 43%, Bioler will still cost 40% less than the cheapest alternative, that is, diesel. Globally, 11 billion pounds of poultry waste accumulates every year. Hence, Bioler also addresses the issue of waste management. Approximately 24% of the population of Bangladesh is farmers and our initial market mainly comprises of them, but we will expand globally, starting with the agro based, developing nations. Fuels take up 20% of the production cost and Bioler will substantially reduce the prices of healthy food, helping to feel more people.

Business Case

Bioler’s manufacturing plant will be in Mymensingh, which is well connected to most parts of the country through waterways, making distribution convenient. It will reach customers via 15 distribution points, set up throughout the country. We will collaborate with village heads, who have a lot of influence and hold decision making roles in their communities, to reach out to the farmers. Our low price strategy will help us retain customers. Word of mouth will help the business to grow and our distribution centers will market to the surrounding areas. Our main suppliers will be poultry farmers and chemists. We will collect chicken feathers from poultry farms all over the country, on a monthly basis. Bioler will be priced at $2/gallon using cost-plus pricing strategy, with a 43% profit margin.

Objectives:

  1. Reducing food prices, thus making it easier for the underprivileged to access healthy food.
  2. Helping farmers attain a greater profit margin, improving their standard of living.
  3. Reducing global poultry waste.

Team Smartinis

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Our Team

Interview with the supplier / Published January 12, 2016 by Tasmeem Farizma Mihika

Interview with the supplier

https://youtu.be/6itu_d7-mFI

The primary raw material for Bioler is chicken feather. So We wanted to speak to a poultry farmer to find out what they think of our idea. Here's what we found out!

BIOLER process video. / Published January 10, 2016 by Tasmeem Farizma Mihika

BIOLER process video.

https://youtu.be/jFAzj7oqfKo

Our team tried preparing BIOLER in an informal setup at home. It works perfectly. It will be more efficient once done in a large scale.

Causes of high food prices / Published January 9, 2016 by Nithora Rahman

Causes of high food prices

Since mid 2007 basic food prices in Bangladesh have rocketed with disastrous consequences for poor consumers. The spike in international market prices through the first half of 2008 has now subsided. Still prices of rice, wheat, corn (maize), and edible oils remain well above the levels and are likely to remain elevated and volatile for years to come. Two separate dynamics need to be understood in order for countries to make necessary adjustments. A gradual rise in food prices has been under way with three general and fundamental factors at work: rapid economic growth in the People's Republic of China and India especially put upward pressure on prices as demand simply outpaced supply; a sustained decline in the United States dollar since mid-decade added to the pressures on dollar-denominated international market prices; and a combination of high and rising fuel prices coupled with legislative mandates to increase production of biofuels has established a firm link between petroleum prices and food prices. The causes of price spikes are crop-specific. Rice is the clearest example of crop-specific causes-the price spike was driven by export bans that were aimed at helping contain domestic food price inflation in exporting countries, but had the unintended effect of setting off panic as supplies to the already thin world rice market were sharply reduced. Asia will need several years of good rice harvests in order to stabilize the situation and reduce the exposure of the poor to another shock in food prices. This will not be easy to achieve as input costs are driven higher by high energy prices.

Fan Club / Published December 6, 2015 by Nithora Rahman

Fan Club

https://www.facebook.com/biolertff/

Reached 100 likes on our Facebook page.

Get #Social / Published December 1, 2015 by Tasmeem Farizma Mihika

Get #Social

https://m.facebook.com/biolertff/

Our team page is up on Facebook.

Our Mission

Our team aims to develop an alternative and low cost source of energy for use in the agricultural process, thereby reducing the prices of food produce and making it more accessible to the underprivileged people of our country, and eventually of the entire world.

Our Background

We are a group of creative, passionate and hardworking individuals, and we have combined all our efforts to put forth an interesting, innovative and feasible solution to feed 9 billion people by 2050. It is disheartening to see the struggles and hardships that our country and most other developing nations has to face on a regular basis to meet the basic needs of its people. Food insecurity is a great issue in our country, more so for the lack of accessibility than availability. A large portion of the population cannot access food due to the high prices. Being among the few privileged citizens of Bangladesh, it our duty to take initiatives in order to rescue our country, and eventually the other parts of the world, from the clutches of poverty and malnutrition. Thought For Food is the platform where we can realize our vision and set wings to our project.

Interview with the supplier / Published January 12, 2016 by Tasmeem Farizma Mihika

Interview with the supplier

https://youtu.be/6itu_d7-mFI

The primary raw material for Bioler is chicken feather. So We wanted to speak to a poultry farmer to find out what they think of our idea. Here's what we found out!

BIOLER process video. / Published January 10, 2016 by Tasmeem Farizma Mihika

BIOLER process video.

https://youtu.be/jFAzj7oqfKo

Our team tried preparing BIOLER in an informal setup at home. It works perfectly. It will be more efficient once done in a large scale.

Causes of high food prices / Published January 9, 2016 by Nithora Rahman

Causes of high food prices

Since mid 2007 basic food prices in Bangladesh have rocketed with disastrous consequences for poor consumers. The spike in international market prices through the first half of 2008 has now subsided. Still prices of rice, wheat, corn (maize), and edible oils remain well above the levels and are likely to remain elevated and volatile for years to come. Two separate dynamics need to be understood in order for countries to make necessary adjustments. A gradual rise in food prices has been under way with three general and fundamental factors at work: rapid economic growth in the People's Republic of China and India especially put upward pressure on prices as demand simply outpaced supply; a sustained decline in the United States dollar since mid-decade added to the pressures on dollar-denominated international market prices; and a combination of high and rising fuel prices coupled with legislative mandates to increase production of biofuels has established a firm link between petroleum prices and food prices. The causes of price spikes are crop-specific. Rice is the clearest example of crop-specific causes-the price spike was driven by export bans that were aimed at helping contain domestic food price inflation in exporting countries, but had the unintended effect of setting off panic as supplies to the already thin world rice market were sharply reduced. Asia will need several years of good rice harvests in order to stabilize the situation and reduce the exposure of the poor to another shock in food prices. This will not be easy to achieve as input costs are driven higher by high energy prices.

Fan Club / Published December 6, 2015 by Nithora Rahman

Fan Club

https://www.facebook.com/biolertff/

Reached 100 likes on our Facebook page.

Get #Social / Published December 1, 2015 by Tasmeem Farizma Mihika

Get #Social

https://m.facebook.com/biolertff/

Our team page is up on Facebook.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our team aims to develop an alternative and low cost source of energy for use in the agricultural process, thereby reducing the prices of food produce and making ...Read More

Our Background

We are a group of creative, passionate and hardworking individuals, and we have combined all our efforts to put forth an interesting, innovative and feasible solution to feed ...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.