Community Green Plant for food waste recycling

Food Waste, Food Recovery, Food Conversion, Value Addition, Nutrition

We want to promote global food security through food waste recovery and conversion back into the global food system

Use Case

Communities bring food waste to our Community Green Plant. We process into organic fertilizers and bio-fuels which are biogas and ethanol which we produce by both natural and electronic means. We sell organic fertilizers back to the community at subsidized prices which they will then use in backyard organic nutritional gardening. We use excess organic fertilizers in our own organic horticulture and natural herb garden located next to the Plant. We sell commodities and herbs back to the community and if there be any excess commodities, we use it in our Food Supplement Processing Unit which will be powered with bio-fuels from the Green Plant. We will sell food supplements back to the community or use it to fortify other foods for sale. We also sell excess bio-fuels back to the community.

Potential

Huge efforts are channeled towards enhancing productivity which is good in increasing global food security but not sufficient. Little has been done in reducing the 1, 3 billion tons of food waste that is being lost every year, according to the United Nations 2013 Report. Our concept will recover food waste and convert it back into the global food system which will improve global food security. We will promote food waste management within the communities, encourage backyard gardening, and increase household food, nutrition, income and resilience to climate change shocks. We also bring health benefits to communities through natural herb production which we can also value add for the benefit of the consumers and customers. It can be implemented anywhere in the world

Business Case

We will partner local communities who are also our customers. These will bring their food waste to our plant for free. This will reduce our cost of producing organic fertilizers and bio-fuels namely ethanol and biogas which we will sell at subsidized prices back to the community. We will also generate revenue through selling organic outputs from our micro garden produced using using excess organic fertilizers. We will also sell supplements and medicines from our Food Supplement Processing Unit which powered by the biogas generated from our Community Green Plant. As we generate incomes, the community will also generate incomes. We will have less production costs since we will generate all our inputs namely energy and fertilizers. We will replicate it in other communities to increase revenue

Objectives:

  1. To enhance food security through food waste recovery and conversion back into the global food system
  2. To enhance household nutrition through the promotion of organic backyard organic nutritional gardening
  3. To ensure sustainable community food waste management

Team Next-Gen Innovators

Harare, Zimbabwe

Our Team

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Our Mission

Next-Gen Innovators is a group of five young, vibrant and innovative enthusiasts from Zimbabwe, who are passionate about exploring next-generation ideas and innovations to impact the global food space, and Africa being the primary focal point. Next-Gen Innovators augment traditional approaches to the global food system with innovative, but lesser-used strategies such as reducing post-harvesting losses and food waste through resource recovery systems and technologies. We intend to convert food waste into useful commodities that can be recycled back in the global food system for feed, food, organic manure, sustainable energy and income generation. Our vision is to be the leading innovators in the impact food space. Our mission is to provide innovative solutions to feed the world population by optimizing on available resources and establishment of effective and efficient supply chain to minimize food wastage.

Our Background

As Next-Gen Innovators, we believe in the power of innovations to achieve vision 2050, to feed the 9+ billion populations. We have a blend of experience from health sciences, law, crop science and social entrepreneurship. Team members are as follows; Brilliant Samunda is a Regulatory Pharmacist at the Medicine Control Authority of Zimbabwe. He recently graduated from the University of Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours Degree (2016). Brilliant is a member of Toastmasters International; Shepard Mhlaba (Bachelor of Pharmacy Hounors Degree, 2016-University of Zimbabwe) is an Entrepreneur and Pharmacist at the Drug and Toxicology Information Services; Lorretta Makumbe is a final year Law student at the University of Zimbabwe. She is the Founder of Gleam of Hope Trust. She is a member of the International Socialist Organization (ISO), Committee for the People’s Charter (CPC) and Organizing for Zimbabwe Trust (O4Z). She is an aspiring International Human Rights Lawyer; Cathrine Kudzai Goche is an agripreneur and economist who is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Agric Economics with the University of Zimbabwe. She is also a member of paNhari, a life skills development program and have got a passion skills in entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector; Cuthbert Mukora holds a B.A. Development Studies Honours Degree (Midlands State University, 2015), certificates in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship; and is currently a Global Ambassador for Thought For Food. He is also the Board Secretary and Director at Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Our Team

Our Mission

Next-Gen Innovators is a group of five young, vibrant and innovative enthusiasts from Zimbabwe, who are passionate about exploring next-generation ideas and innovations to impact the global food ...Read More

Our Background

As Next-Gen Innovators, we believe in the power of innovations to achieve vision 2050, to feed the 9+ billion populations. We have a blend of experience from health ...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.