Sustainable Integrated Vertical Farm (SIVF)

Green Buildings ≡ No Hunger by 2050

SIVF tackles the challenge of food security by 2050 in face of climate change by meeting SDGs 2, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17.

Use Case

Land is becoming scarce, natural resources are depleting and calamities are becoming more frequent, SFC has come up with the idea of merging vertical farming and aquaponics to produce food in skyscrapers. RWH system and renewable energy use as it will help to build resilience against climate change. The crops produced will be chemical-free and contaminant free since the plants will obtain their nutrients from the fish excretes. Water from the rain water catchment system will be used for plant irrigation and fish tanks. Fish feed produced by the ‘Kulisha Team’ can be used to feed the fish. People working, staying would eat a healthy complete balanced diet and surplus food will be distributed to poor people. Therefore the concept aids to reduce the incidence of NCDs, and poverty.

Potential

Sustainable Integrated Vertical Farm (SIVF) is a concept which will help to confront impediments like climate change, land scarcity to boost up agriculture and food production. Keeping in mind how to produce sustainably using limited resources, we came up with the idea of producing food vertically using aquaponics in enclosed multi-storey building. In order to upgrade the project, we have also included rain water catchment system and the use of solar panels. This system design will also to help protect the crops against pest and disease and natural disasters (cyclones, torrential rainfall).

Business Case

Sustainable Integrated Vertical Farm is designed to produce fresh and organic food in skycrapes. The people working and staying in the building is the target customers. In one building they will have direct access to several types of fruits and vegetable and also fish as a source of protein in their diets. Good quality seeds can be easily available at the seed wholesales. As they are many unemployed people, the concept will create many jobs. Our main stakeholders will be Government, private public sectors and foreign investors. The SIVF is low cost maintenance and long term investment. It is a feasible concept where only seeds are needed to be bought to feed +9 billion people.

Objectives:

  1. To produce food in a sustainable way without depleting natural resources.
  2. To use sustainable resources while building resilience to climate change for food production.
  3. To maximize space use to produce more foods.

Team Sustainable Food Challengers

Port Louis, Mauritius

Our Team

Brain Food / Published January 16, 2017 by Youdiesh Dabeeah

Brain Food

Eating an apple everyday keeps the doctor away

Idea parkers / Published January 16, 2017 by Youdiesh Dabeeah

Idea parkers

The map shows several ideas

Insight + Insight + Insight / Published January 15, 2017 by Anusha Seechurn

Insight + Insight + Insight

Insight 1:“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient,safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (World Food Summit, 1996)

Insight 2: Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container. The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled.Use of space is maximised.

Insight 3: Urbanisation will continue to expand by 70% (as compared to 49% today) by 2050, people will get richer and world population will reach 9 billion till then. Vertical farming along with renewable energy and rain water harvesting plus aquaponics will be a revolution in providing food in a sustainable manner

On Time, On Target / Published January 14, 2017 by Youdiesh Dabeeah

On Time, On Target

Defining the problem in Mauritius and developed conturies. Different point of views designing a unique vision on our discoveries during the empathy work. Understanding the meaningful challenge to address and the insights that can leverage in the design work is fundamental to creating a successful solution.

Way To Go / Published January 14, 2017 by Anusha Seechurn

Way To Go

Putting together ideas generated

Our Mission

Sustainable Food Challengers is a group of young dynamic and self-motivated youngsters aged between 22 to 25 years who aim at providing new sustainable solutions to meet the food security challenge. Each one in the group has their own expertise in the agricultural field. We are working together to revolutionise agriculture and set a new lifestyle to achieve global food security by maximising space use to cultivate crops through vertical farming using sustainable and renewable methods. The team also advocate the reduction of carbon dioxide emission and climate change.

Our Background

Sustainable Food Challengers team members are: Miss Jayshikha, Miss Anusha, Miss Naabilah and Mr Youdiesh. Some are fresh graduates while others have already started their career. The team members are deeply concerned about the amplifying facts that billions of people go to bed without food. Thus, we too the challenge of providing sustainable methods to feed 9 billion of people by 2050. Due to multiple factors: drought, loss of natural resources, industrialisation, flood, land erosion, and climate change conventional agriculture has been affected. So, we came up with new innovative ways to produce food using available renewable resources and less land which will be adaptable to the future. Keeping in mind all the limiting factors we came up with a new concept of green building. We are determined to take up the challenge and make use of our knowledge, skills and expertise to positively impact human lives. Each human being having access to safe and nutritious food at any time will become a reality soon. To most people agriculture can merely be getting dirty in the soil but for us it is a potential to feed billions of mouths. Together we can fight hunger and go for a greener and healthy world!

Brain Food / Published January 16, 2017 by Youdiesh Dabeeah

Brain Food

Eating an apple everyday keeps the doctor away

Idea parkers / Published January 16, 2017 by Youdiesh Dabeeah

Idea parkers

The map shows several ideas

Insight + Insight + Insight / Published January 15, 2017 by Anusha Seechurn

Insight + Insight + Insight

Insight 1:“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient,safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (World Food Summit, 1996)

Insight 2: Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container. The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled.Use of space is maximised.

Insight 3: Urbanisation will continue to expand by 70% (as compared to 49% today) by 2050, people will get richer and world population will reach 9 billion till then. Vertical farming along with renewable energy and rain water harvesting plus aquaponics will be a revolution in providing food in a sustainable manner

On Time, On Target / Published January 14, 2017 by Youdiesh Dabeeah

On Time, On Target

Defining the problem in Mauritius and developed conturies. Different point of views designing a unique vision on our discoveries during the empathy work. Understanding the meaningful challenge to address and the insights that can leverage in the design work is fundamental to creating a successful solution.

Way To Go / Published January 14, 2017 by Anusha Seechurn

Way To Go

Putting together ideas generated

Our Team

Our Mission

Sustainable Food Challengers is a group of young dynamic and self-motivated youngsters aged between 22 to 25 years who aim at providing new sustainable solutions to meet the ...Read More

Our Background

Sustainable Food Challengers team members are: Miss Jayshikha, Miss Anusha, Miss Naabilah and Mr Youdiesh. Some are fresh graduates while others have already started their career. The team ...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.