Boost cultivation & empower lives by technology

'Mighty promise to ZERO hunger'

A solution to boost agricultural yield & encourage proper utilization of resources. Also ensure the sustainability of the lands minerals.

Use Case

In a country like Bangladesh majority of the farmers barely have any knowledge about healthy cultivation. They basically depend upon their intuition about how much water and fertilizers, etc are needed for growing crops. Consequently, they end up either over using or under using the resources and end up producing crops lacking proper nutrients. Not just that a land that has the potential to produce healthy crops two or three times a year loses its ability to do so. Hence, such practice has significant adverse impact on the production capacity of farming lands. In addition, failure to estimate the proper amount of resources: pesticides, water, seeds, etc might end up producing wasteful crops which is alarming. Therefore, food supply tends to be much less than what it should be.

Potential

To feed the number of increasing mouth by 2050, the agricultural production needs to be boosted by 70%. Lands in mostly less developed countries can be sustained for higher productivity and increased quality if resources are used to the right amount. Our Idea is an efficient cost-effective crop production method that entails just a software application and a microprocessor. We are calling this module “Digital Cultivation” and its vision is to use the farming lands to its fullest potential to produce quality crops, reduce resource wastage and most importantly increase food supply. Also, through this technology farmers with little knowledge can determine the proper proportion of each resource that will help to save up to 30% of the farmers cost enabling them to enjoy higher margin.

Business Case

To make this idea feasible we will not charge the farmers for using the mobile application during the installation period. We will charge them only the cost of the chip which will be paid in monthly installment after 1.5 years from installation. During this time frame the farmers will be proficient in using it and they will also be able to derive profit through it. In addition we will provide them a free training period so that they can use it conveniently. The winning prize money will be the initial investment amount for this project. In addition the database we will develop based on the agriculture of Bangladesh will be used as a source of revenue as well, by offering it to the researchers and NGO’s looking for such information. The way we implement our idea makes it more unique.

Objectives:

  1. 1) To produce high quality nutritious crops by using the GSM/Bluetooth technology
  2. 2) Proper utilization of resources to save cost and preserve scarce resources.
  3. 3) Ensure the sustainability of the lands minerals to increase the lands crop production capability.

Team Feed & Empower

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Our Team

Future Insight!! / Published January 9, 2016 by Abu Karam Mohammed Sager

Future Insight!!

Once we are able to implement our idea of digital cultivation, we will help the farmers to get their basic right. Our main aim will be to eradicate the middle man and help the farmers get the deserving value for their cops. This is our future insight...
So support us and make us WIN.
Help FEED & EMPOWER to bring a change globally!!

Our Implementation Makes Our Idea More Unique!! / Published January 9, 2016 by Abu Karam Mohammed Sager

Our Implementation Makes Our Idea More Unique!!

Our idea is innovative but the way we are implementing it makes it more innovative and interesting. To implement digital cultivation, we need to educate the farmer about it. Once they are aware about how the whole system will work, it will be easier for them to adapt it.
During our field survey, we got the opportunity to speak to the farmers’ directly. They were very excited, when we said them about this new technology and how it will help them to increase their yield. However, as we said that they have to come to us to learn about this new technology, they were reluctant to do so. They came up with different reasons, expressing their unwillingness to spent time on learning this new method.
In order, to motivated them to come and learn about this new technology, we offered them food. These are good food that we waste every day. Like big store and bakery, throws away a good amount of edible food every day. So we will collect it from them and distribute it to the poor farmers as an incentive to come forward and learn about this new technology. As they learn about this new technology, the community will gradually be empowered. The farmers will be smart and will use their knowledge rather than their intuition to grow crops. As a result, crop wastage is reduced to the lowest possible level and the supply gap is eradicated. Thus, the price falls and more people can afford it.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -7) [Questions 11-15] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -7) [Questions 11-15]

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u3c5iP0k3HRf_PRd5TTk58lQIufvAbDJSpp3ZF2XsCA/edit#gid=1156918626

As you can see in Fingure-11 when we asked them, “Do you think it could eradicate your agricultural problem which happens most of the time due to over use pesticides, fertilizer and improper irrigation?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 50 persons (98%) said YES they not only think but know so that how it hampers. Like they mentioned if a potato plant it over sprayed then it burns the plant. Likewise fertilizer is needed in different weather and situation, as they are human they often make some mistakes. These small mistakes ends up costing them much higher. So, they are more curious about the digital cultivation as it has the ability to eradicate such agricultural problems.

In Figure-12 we asked them- “Do you think we could help you, if you cooperate?” 100% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES). They also mentioned that they know we won’t be able to continue far if farmers don’t come to the community and start learning the process along with using it. As their whole life depends on cultivation/farming, it would be really helpful and useful to them. They also said that they started having confidence on us and ‘Thought for Food” that they would help them heart and soul. So, they will keep and co-operate with us too.

If we look at to Figure-13 where we asked them- “Would you send your children and women (not only women farmers) for this sort of education so, they could help you too?” Among 51 farmers 98% (50 persons) said YES but 2% (1 person only) said No. They mentioned that they are farmers, when they return home they share the work among them and do accordingly. They need helping hands and nearest people usually helping them continuously. Even they plan their children will be farmer too, so children should educated too. So, we thought if everything other is constant (ceteris paribus) then we would be providing them some basic knowledge/education too.

In Figure-14, we asked them- “Are you eager to learn about internet and technology for better cultivation process through digital cultivation/ farming?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative. They said that sometimes they see advertisement in television about internet and its benefits which made them curious about it very long back. If learning internet can help them for better productivity they would definitely go for it.

As it can be seen that in Figure 15, we asked them- “Would you still come if digital cultivation process and the community took charge/money?” This was a very interesting question. As we surveyed 51 farmers, 17 (33%) farmers said YES that they will still come because they believed we won’t be taking too much charge from marginal community like them. Also said they know we are providing knowledge and food, if we can understand their problems they will come forward even if it takes money because they will be ultimately beneficial by having better production of crops, better livelihood and less exploitation possibility. But majority people said as they are poor farmers they do not have money to contribute here, they can hardly maintain their family. So, 34 (67%) farmers said NO.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -6) [Questions 6-10] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -6) [Questions 6-10]

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u3c5iP0k3HRf_PRd5TTk58lQIufvAbDJSpp3ZF2XsCA/edit#gid=1156918626

As you can see in Fingure-6 when we asked them, “Would you like to follow you traditional way of farming and wasting money as you are habituated with the method or would like to embrace new method and be productive in low cost?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 50 persons (98%) said YES they would embrace the new method as it will increase their productivity. In addition, they mentioned that where old habits are no more beneficial for new century and opportunity would be coming to their way, they would like to grab it and utilize it properly. Only 1 person (2%) said he would like to stick with the old one as because it might get hard for him understand this matter. We understand that he was quite scared about the procedural understanding which we will be teaching them in the easiest way possible.

In Figure-7 we asked them- “If we provide smart-farming without any cost and it helps you to benefit, would you come forward?” 100% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES). They also mentioned that humans can make mistakes but machines cannot if it is designed properly for them. They are very enthusiastic to learn for better production of crops and to make their livelihood better than earlier

If we look at to Figure-8 where we asked them- “Do you think it would be a very good idea?” Among 51 farmers 100% people replied YES. They were very smart people, they said that in this new and competitive era if they have such competitive advantage for producing crops then middle-men who sells crops on behalf of them would not be able to exploit them like those middle-men do now.

In Figure-9, we asked them- “Would you come to the community if we provide a full nutrition package of food for coming and learning about smart farming from our community without any cost?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative. We had to ask this question because many farmers think after long day work, when they know after going home they have to do house chores they might become busy & tired to join our community. So, when we asked this question they said that would be very encouraging as we were understanding the problems regarding different sort of workloads.

As it can be seen that in Figure 10, we asked them- “Would or are you happy to know that you would get free food for your family?” Here 100% farmers that we surveyed said YES. This question is quite related to the previous question.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -5) [Questions 1-5] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -5) [Questions 1-5]

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u3c5iP0k3HRf_PRd5TTk58lQIufvAbDJSpp3ZF2XsCA/edit#gid=1156918626

When we took the primary research there were mainly 15 questions that we asked them rather than Name, Gender, Age, District, Profession. Basically we prepared questions in two (2) languages, one in Bengali and two in English. As they would not be able to understand English we had to translate same questions into Bengali but, for your convenience when we made entries in English at Google Survey from the basic Bengali (Bangladesh’s National Language) papers. We can show that as Appendix later on if required.

As you can see in Figure-1 when we asked them, “Do you face problems regarding cultivation methods that you are using now?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 47 person answered YES and 4 persons said NO. Among this 51 persons 13 were female and 38 were male. So, we can say more than 90% farmers suffer from different sort of cultivation problems.

In Figure-2 we asked them- “Do you face problems regarding irrigation, chemical &injection while farming?” 98% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES) and other 2% only said NO. So, we can understand they face serious problems as irrigation, chemical & injection are crucial for proper cultivation.

Now if we look at to Figure-3 where we asked them- “Do you face problem of crop wastage every year due to not having enough cultivation progress or knowledge?” Among 51% farmers’ 100% people replied YES. They mentioned sadly that they think that they lack proper knowledge, though with time they get experienced but still due to rapid weather change everyone makes mistake and crop wastage takes place.

In Figure-4, we asked them- “Do you think if a community like us could help learning smart farming it would help?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative as we also mentioned in earlier blogs that they loved the process of Digital Cultivation or Smart Farming when we explained it to them.

As it can be seen that in Figure 5, we asked them- “Do you feel the community start helping at first and then they do not show up anymore?” Here is a big that we came to know that none other than us came to visit them for agricultural purpose, we are the 1st people to visit them for such important matter. So, in answer 49% which means 25 farmer said YES but 51% which means 26 farmers said NO. As none other NGO’s came to them. We visited three (3) districts and most of the farmers said the same.

Our Mission

We aim to empower the lives of the farmers and their communities by providing them with a technological solution which can increase their production and make proper utilization of resources. It will also help to ensure the sustainability of land minerals and production capability. We will eradicate the hunger and will also help to give maximum benefit to the farmers by empowering them with knowledge and support.

Our Background

We are four friends studying BBA program at North South University (where the ‘School of Business and Economics’ has the accreditation of ACBSP- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs). We have engaged ourselves in several activities of development sector voluntarily and came to the conclusion that unequal distributions of wealth, education and food have lead to most of the crimes, death and unhappy endings. We tried to connect all these issues and tried to bring them under one umbrella to connect food scarcity, irrigation issues and education to save and empower lives. Did you know, almost one billion people goes to sleep starving every day? By 2050, there will be a lot more people to feed but the scarcity of food will increase unimaginably. Hence we came up with our project 'Feed & Empower' which will use the technology to lessen the crop wastage due to many occurrence and increase the productivity of it, also solve the problem of irrigation, endure lands nutrients. We not only have faith in eradicating hunger but also empowering the society thorough education in exchange of food. Utilizing the blessing of modern technology module we will enhance the agricultural yield and help the farmers to have a better, a upgraded life-style. In addition, we will also provide farmers knowledge about internet and technology. Our team ‘Feed and Empower’ consists of Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu, Abu Karam Mohammed Sager, Nowshin Mehzabin Chowdhury and Tahsinul Hasan. We believe that someone has to step forward for solving the problems not only identifying and then doing nothing, just like a closed file. If we all actually desire to see the transformation then we also have The Power to Bring the Change.

Future Insight!! / Published January 9, 2016 by Abu Karam Mohammed Sager

Future Insight!!

Once we are able to implement our idea of digital cultivation, we will help the farmers to get their basic right. Our main aim will be to eradicate the middle man and help the farmers get the deserving value for their cops. This is our future insight...
So support us and make us WIN.
Help FEED & EMPOWER to bring a change globally!!

Our Implementation Makes Our Idea More Unique!! / Published January 9, 2016 by Abu Karam Mohammed Sager

Our Implementation Makes Our Idea More Unique!!

Our idea is innovative but the way we are implementing it makes it more innovative and interesting. To implement digital cultivation, we need to educate the farmer about it. Once they are aware about how the whole system will work, it will be easier for them to adapt it.
During our field survey, we got the opportunity to speak to the farmers’ directly. They were very excited, when we said them about this new technology and how it will help them to increase their yield. However, as we said that they have to come to us to learn about this new technology, they were reluctant to do so. They came up with different reasons, expressing their unwillingness to spent time on learning this new method.
In order, to motivated them to come and learn about this new technology, we offered them food. These are good food that we waste every day. Like big store and bakery, throws away a good amount of edible food every day. So we will collect it from them and distribute it to the poor farmers as an incentive to come forward and learn about this new technology. As they learn about this new technology, the community will gradually be empowered. The farmers will be smart and will use their knowledge rather than their intuition to grow crops. As a result, crop wastage is reduced to the lowest possible level and the supply gap is eradicated. Thus, the price falls and more people can afford it.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -7) [Questions 11-15] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -7) [Questions 11-15]

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u3c5iP0k3HRf_PRd5TTk58lQIufvAbDJSpp3ZF2XsCA/edit#gid=1156918626

As you can see in Fingure-11 when we asked them, “Do you think it could eradicate your agricultural problem which happens most of the time due to over use pesticides, fertilizer and improper irrigation?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 50 persons (98%) said YES they not only think but know so that how it hampers. Like they mentioned if a potato plant it over sprayed then it burns the plant. Likewise fertilizer is needed in different weather and situation, as they are human they often make some mistakes. These small mistakes ends up costing them much higher. So, they are more curious about the digital cultivation as it has the ability to eradicate such agricultural problems.

In Figure-12 we asked them- “Do you think we could help you, if you cooperate?” 100% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES). They also mentioned that they know we won’t be able to continue far if farmers don’t come to the community and start learning the process along with using it. As their whole life depends on cultivation/farming, it would be really helpful and useful to them. They also said that they started having confidence on us and ‘Thought for Food” that they would help them heart and soul. So, they will keep and co-operate with us too.

If we look at to Figure-13 where we asked them- “Would you send your children and women (not only women farmers) for this sort of education so, they could help you too?” Among 51 farmers 98% (50 persons) said YES but 2% (1 person only) said No. They mentioned that they are farmers, when they return home they share the work among them and do accordingly. They need helping hands and nearest people usually helping them continuously. Even they plan their children will be farmer too, so children should educated too. So, we thought if everything other is constant (ceteris paribus) then we would be providing them some basic knowledge/education too.

In Figure-14, we asked them- “Are you eager to learn about internet and technology for better cultivation process through digital cultivation/ farming?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative. They said that sometimes they see advertisement in television about internet and its benefits which made them curious about it very long back. If learning internet can help them for better productivity they would definitely go for it.

As it can be seen that in Figure 15, we asked them- “Would you still come if digital cultivation process and the community took charge/money?” This was a very interesting question. As we surveyed 51 farmers, 17 (33%) farmers said YES that they will still come because they believed we won’t be taking too much charge from marginal community like them. Also said they know we are providing knowledge and food, if we can understand their problems they will come forward even if it takes money because they will be ultimately beneficial by having better production of crops, better livelihood and less exploitation possibility. But majority people said as they are poor farmers they do not have money to contribute here, they can hardly maintain their family. So, 34 (67%) farmers said NO.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -6) [Questions 6-10] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -6) [Questions 6-10]

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u3c5iP0k3HRf_PRd5TTk58lQIufvAbDJSpp3ZF2XsCA/edit#gid=1156918626

As you can see in Fingure-6 when we asked them, “Would you like to follow you traditional way of farming and wasting money as you are habituated with the method or would like to embrace new method and be productive in low cost?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 50 persons (98%) said YES they would embrace the new method as it will increase their productivity. In addition, they mentioned that where old habits are no more beneficial for new century and opportunity would be coming to their way, they would like to grab it and utilize it properly. Only 1 person (2%) said he would like to stick with the old one as because it might get hard for him understand this matter. We understand that he was quite scared about the procedural understanding which we will be teaching them in the easiest way possible.

In Figure-7 we asked them- “If we provide smart-farming without any cost and it helps you to benefit, would you come forward?” 100% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES). They also mentioned that humans can make mistakes but machines cannot if it is designed properly for them. They are very enthusiastic to learn for better production of crops and to make their livelihood better than earlier

If we look at to Figure-8 where we asked them- “Do you think it would be a very good idea?” Among 51 farmers 100% people replied YES. They were very smart people, they said that in this new and competitive era if they have such competitive advantage for producing crops then middle-men who sells crops on behalf of them would not be able to exploit them like those middle-men do now.

In Figure-9, we asked them- “Would you come to the community if we provide a full nutrition package of food for coming and learning about smart farming from our community without any cost?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative. We had to ask this question because many farmers think after long day work, when they know after going home they have to do house chores they might become busy & tired to join our community. So, when we asked this question they said that would be very encouraging as we were understanding the problems regarding different sort of workloads.

As it can be seen that in Figure 10, we asked them- “Would or are you happy to know that you would get free food for your family?” Here 100% farmers that we surveyed said YES. This question is quite related to the previous question.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -5) [Questions 1-5] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -5) [Questions 1-5]

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u3c5iP0k3HRf_PRd5TTk58lQIufvAbDJSpp3ZF2XsCA/edit#gid=1156918626

When we took the primary research there were mainly 15 questions that we asked them rather than Name, Gender, Age, District, Profession. Basically we prepared questions in two (2) languages, one in Bengali and two in English. As they would not be able to understand English we had to translate same questions into Bengali but, for your convenience when we made entries in English at Google Survey from the basic Bengali (Bangladesh’s National Language) papers. We can show that as Appendix later on if required.

As you can see in Figure-1 when we asked them, “Do you face problems regarding cultivation methods that you are using now?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 47 person answered YES and 4 persons said NO. Among this 51 persons 13 were female and 38 were male. So, we can say more than 90% farmers suffer from different sort of cultivation problems.

In Figure-2 we asked them- “Do you face problems regarding irrigation, chemical &injection while farming?” 98% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES) and other 2% only said NO. So, we can understand they face serious problems as irrigation, chemical & injection are crucial for proper cultivation.

Now if we look at to Figure-3 where we asked them- “Do you face problem of crop wastage every year due to not having enough cultivation progress or knowledge?” Among 51% farmers’ 100% people replied YES. They mentioned sadly that they think that they lack proper knowledge, though with time they get experienced but still due to rapid weather change everyone makes mistake and crop wastage takes place.

In Figure-4, we asked them- “Do you think if a community like us could help learning smart farming it would help?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative as we also mentioned in earlier blogs that they loved the process of Digital Cultivation or Smart Farming when we explained it to them.

As it can be seen that in Figure 5, we asked them- “Do you feel the community start helping at first and then they do not show up anymore?” Here is a big that we came to know that none other than us came to visit them for agricultural purpose, we are the 1st people to visit them for such important matter. So, in answer 49% which means 25 farmer said YES but 51% which means 26 farmers said NO. As none other NGO’s came to them. We visited three (3) districts and most of the farmers said the same.

Our Team

Our Mission

We aim to empower the lives of the farmers and their communities by providing them with a technological solution which can increase their production and make proper utilization ...Read More

Our Background

We are four friends studying BBA program at North South University (where the ‘School of Business and Economics’ has the accreditation of ACBSP- Accreditation Council for Business Schools ...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.