Team Smart CAF

guacimo, Costa Rica

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission To improve food production and food security by applying the climate smart agriculture techniques and smart food principles in a changing climate world.

Our Background

Our background We strongly believe that the climate change has high influence on food production and food security worldwide, that’s why our team rely on the climate smart agricultural and smart food system to accomplish the important goal of feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050. Our team will focus on the following points: climate-smart agriculture and smart food. Under climate-smart, we are including the following fundamental concepts that are outlined by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and the Global Alliance for Climate-smart agriculture: Translation of precision agriculture technology and make it accessible and applicable to smallholders; maps, climate prediction, historical climate records, planning for future farming activities. Natural resource management specifically soil and water resources; through nutrients and irrigation systems by applying micro dosing concept for both water, fertilizers and other farm inputs. Water harvesting and storage (catchments) techniques for use during the dry season, especially because farming in most parts of the world is rain-dependent. Food can therefore be produced throughout the year, eliminating water as a limiting factor for small scale farmers. Quantification and mitigation of emission of green house effect (GHE) gases as well as applying agricultural techniques that help reduce greenhouse gases emission for instance solid waste management e.g. biodigesters (renewable energy), reforestation, waste water treatment system and recycling. Under the smart food concept, we will include the following to change the consumer habits, reduce food waste and shortage; improving food security (food supply, access and affordability) as well as food sovereignty (considering food as part of the culture) to foment participation by the community members in food production system: Auto-sufficient communities where each farmers is in charge of growing certain types of crop and/or rearing domestic animals for the community association. Additionally, a section of each farm is dedicated to subsistence farming (e.g. kitchen gardens to supplement the smallholder's diet and crop rotation) while the rest is for commercial food production. First In First Out (FIFO) concept which entails that food which is bought first should be consumed first to prevent damage and eventually wastage of the same. It also fosters "buy locally and eat locally" Value addition and food processing through training, workshop and transfer of technology for manipulating local food products the avoid food waste, improve nutritional value and increase shelf life of the food product. Therefore, in order to link the above mentioned concepts and ensure sustainability in food production and security, it is of primordial importance to consider the creation of a local seed bank for local seeds with the aim of conserving and propagating genetic material. For this, a piece of land is specifically assigned to reproduce the locally available seeds, that are adapted to the local edafo-climatic conditions.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission To improve food production and food security by applying the climate smart agriculture techniques and smart food principles in a changing climate world.Read More

Our Background

Our background We strongly believe that the climate change has high influence on food production and food security worldwide, that’s why our team rely on the climate smart ...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.