GrainRoad

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads

Our team seeks to construct an adaptor that will be fixed in the truck trailers, avoiding grain waste during its transportation.

Use Case

Mr. Maester Ortolan, 49 years old, has been a rice farmer for about 30 years. Annually, its production is estimated in about 12,500 tons of rice, transporting these grains for approximately 600 kilometers. During this transport, it is estimated that around 5% of grains drop out of the truck and stay in the roads. Mr. Ortolan argues that truck drivers are not prepared to be professionals, besides the fact that the main roads of distribution are in a really bad condition. There have been a great improvement in harvesting and planting techniques in the last decades, however the steps post-harvesting still being a bottleneck in the production system, losing in trasportation hundreds of possibilities to feed more people in Brazil and around the world.

Potential

Improvements in the way that the grain transportation system is done around the world, mainly in in development countries like Brazil, is one of the main challenges to reduce food waste and increase food disponibility to the population. Our concept will assist producers and truckers to save up more grains during the transportation step, filling up a gap that is not being highlighted by market companies. Moreover, our adaptor will be cheap to build and easy to use, giving the opportunity to every trucker use the service. Nevertheless, this new solution would save about 1,600 kilograms of grain by freight, which instead of ending in the marketplaces, would end up in the roads outskirts.

Business Case

The first step to implement the GrainRoad technology will be by meetings with farmers and producers from Palmares do Sul, which is responsible to produce a significant portion of Brazilian rice. In these meetings, the farmers will exchange experiences, management techniques used in their harvesting systems, problems and losses that they face when transporting grains, as well as establish partnership therefore we will show them the importance to get an easy and effective adaptor to trailers produced by GrainRoad. Our adaptor system will consist of low cost material like truck canvas and metal pieces, which will be easy to be set up in trailers by producers or truck drivers as well as cheap to get. We will count with the help of users to optimize and implement the adaptor system.

Objectives:

  1. To create new solutions to food transportation focused on farmer needs
  2. To decrease the food waste on roads using a effective and simple-to-use truck trailer adaptor
  3. To ensure a correct food distribution to feed more people by 2050, saving up more grains to fill up more plates.

Team GrainRoad

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Our Team

The pitch was recorded, edited and uploaded!! / Published January 9, 2016 by Kleiton L. G. Machado

The pitch was recorded, edited and uploaded!!

Hey guys!

We already uploaded our pitch video explain our problem and our sollution.

Check it out at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4iOURJfGMY

Stick together!

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads

Recording the pitch. / Published December 23, 2015 by Kleiton L. G. Machado

Recording the pitch.

We are very excited to finish the pitch video and go on tff challenge process.

Today we finish the recording an explanation of our idea.

This will be edited, organized and shared on our page.

Keep following us to know more!

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads.

Case of study: Mr Ortolan. / Published November 26, 2015 by Kleiton L. G. Machado

Case of study: Mr Ortolan.

Mr. Maester Ortolan, 49 years old, has been a rice farmer for about 30 years.
He transport his grains for approximately 600 kilometers.
During this transport, it is estimated that around 5% of grains drop out of the truck and stay in the roads.

Mr. Ortolan said:
"There have been a great improvement in harvesting and planting techniques in the last decades, however the post-harvesting steps still being a bottleneck in the production system".

We are losing in trasportation hundreds of possibilities to feed more people in Brazil and around the world.

Mr. Ortolan is with us!

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads

#ExploreMode One-third of food is lost due to transportation.. / Published November 19, 2015 by Wagner Calegari Fagundes

#ExploreMode One-third of food is lost due to transportation..

A really good and informative article by National Geographic, check this out:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141013-food-waste-national-security-environment-science-ngfood/

"The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which keeps tabs on what's grown and eaten around the globe, estimates that one-third of food produced for human consumption worldwide is annually lost or wasted along the chain that stretches from farms to processing plants, marketplaces, retailers, food-service operations, and our collective kitchens.

At 2.8 trillion pounds, that's enough sustenance to feed three billion people. In the United States, the waste is even more egregious: More than 30 percent of our food, valued at $162 billion annually, isn't eaten. Pile all that food on a football field and the layers would form a putrefying casserole miles high."

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads

#Exploremode How much do we waste in transportation? / Published November 18, 2015 by Kleiton L. G. Machado

#Exploremode How much do we waste in transportation?

The article "Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People" by Toulmin and colaborators, showed waste at food transportation in developing countries as a major postharverst problem.

This is the data we are searching, to focus on a feasible sollution.

Check out some extra data and our ideas in the next days.

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads!

Our Mission

The GrainRoad Team seeks to build an alternative to reduce the grain waste in roads of the whole brazilian territory, which in turn has important and high impacts in distribution and disponibility of food. Our idea is to create easy-to-use, cheap and effective adaptors to truck buckets using gutters and truck canvas . These adaptors will serve as a "collector" of grains that would "step out" of the truck bucket, largely reducing the amount of grains that stay dropped on roads and highways and do not reach the consumer's table. Thus, saving up more grains during the transportation, we will save more lifes of undernourishment by 2050.

Our Background

We have come to make change! Gathering different profiles, opinions and based on distinct areas of knowledge, our team is composed by students from Biological Sciences, Design and Enginnering majors, all of them on the track to reduce food waste and loss within the food supply chain in Brazil. The TFF Challenge brought to us the opportunity to demonstrate how simple and innovative actions can have important impacts on food disponibility until 2050 to feed more people in Brazil and around the world. Althougt the increase of 2 or 3 billion of people in world population is already a fact, ideas that have direct effects on food supply and storage to reduce food waste and increase food disponibility in Brazil still being only ideas. We are here to make that happen.

The pitch was recorded, edited and uploaded!! / Published January 9, 2016 by Kleiton L. G. Machado

The pitch was recorded, edited and uploaded!!

Hey guys!

We already uploaded our pitch video explain our problem and our sollution.

Check it out at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4iOURJfGMY

Stick together!

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads

Recording the pitch. / Published December 23, 2015 by Kleiton L. G. Machado

Recording the pitch.

We are very excited to finish the pitch video and go on tff challenge process.

Today we finish the recording an explanation of our idea.

This will be edited, organized and shared on our page.

Keep following us to know more!

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads.

Case of study: Mr Ortolan. / Published November 26, 2015 by Kleiton L. G. Machado

Case of study: Mr Ortolan.

Mr. Maester Ortolan, 49 years old, has been a rice farmer for about 30 years.
He transport his grains for approximately 600 kilometers.
During this transport, it is estimated that around 5% of grains drop out of the truck and stay in the roads.

Mr. Ortolan said:
"There have been a great improvement in harvesting and planting techniques in the last decades, however the post-harvesting steps still being a bottleneck in the production system".

We are losing in trasportation hundreds of possibilities to feed more people in Brazil and around the world.

Mr. Ortolan is with us!

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads

#ExploreMode One-third of food is lost due to transportation.. / Published November 19, 2015 by Wagner Calegari Fagundes

#ExploreMode One-third of food is lost due to transportation..

A really good and informative article by National Geographic, check this out:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141013-food-waste-national-security-environment-science-ngfood/

"The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which keeps tabs on what's grown and eaten around the globe, estimates that one-third of food produced for human consumption worldwide is annually lost or wasted along the chain that stretches from farms to processing plants, marketplaces, retailers, food-service operations, and our collective kitchens.

At 2.8 trillion pounds, that's enough sustenance to feed three billion people. In the United States, the waste is even more egregious: More than 30 percent of our food, valued at $162 billion annually, isn't eaten. Pile all that food on a football field and the layers would form a putrefying casserole miles high."

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads

#Exploremode How much do we waste in transportation? / Published November 18, 2015 by Kleiton L. G. Machado

#Exploremode How much do we waste in transportation?

The article "Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People" by Toulmin and colaborators, showed waste at food transportation in developing countries as a major postharverst problem.

This is the data we are searching, to focus on a feasible sollution.

Check out some extra data and our ideas in the next days.

#ForNoMoreGrainRoads!

Our Team

Our Mission

The GrainRoad Team seeks to build an alternative to reduce the grain waste in roads of the whole brazilian territory, which in turn has important and high impacts ...Read More

Our Background

We have come to make change! Gathering different profiles, opinions and based on distinct areas of knowledge, our team is composed by students from Biological Sciences, Design and ...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.