The Green House

New plants to change lives

GreenHouse, seeks to improve the quality of life of the grower by renovating unproductive plants

Use Case

Bolivian fruit growers face many challenges producing fruits because of the lack of a suitable selection of seeds. Furthermore, they lack technical assistance resulting in low yields and poor fruit quality. IYAMBAE with the implementation of Green House, will offer a full low-cost service and will produce new, disease-free plants for the farmers. In addition, we will show them how to use our GH App through which they will be able to place their seedlings orders, request technical advice, and communicate with us. Iyambae's goals are to provide the farmers with healthy plants and timely, good advice. This will result in higher production yields, higher fruit quality, and improving their income and quality of life.

Potential

The Santa Cruz valleys are traditionally known for producing some of the best and tastier fruits in Bolivia but because of the problems above mentioned, the small organic fruit farmers are doomed to disappear. Green House through field trips, interviews with the farmers and experts in the zone, learned that at least 70 percent of their fruit plants present problems so our initial work will focus on the pre-selection of seeds free of radical problems followed by close monitoring. By improving the quality of the plants, we hope to unleash the small farmers growing potential and to improve the fruit sector in Bolivia, which currently generates annual losses up to 133 million dollars.

Business Case

Our goal is to help the small farmers grow and achieve their full potential turning their small organic plantations into profitable, scalable and sustainable businesses. Our Green House will introduce innovation and use technology to connect them with one another and to reach out to the resources that we will make available to them. With higher quality and fruit yields they will be able to meet the market demands which are currently met by Peru, Argentina and Brazil among others.

Objectives:

  1. To secure funding to implement Green House to help Bolivian fruit growers improve their quality of life through the production of high qual
  2. To use technology to make disease free plants, information, and technical support accessible to all farmers
  3. To help the small farmers stay in business and play an active part in ensuring food security for future generations

Team IYAMBAE

Santa Cruz de la Sierra , Bolivia

Our Team

GIF Prototype! / Published January 14, 2017 by Vicente Gumucio Arze

GIF Prototype!

That's how our proyect works

Live Testing! / Published January 14, 2017 by Alejandra Justiniano Vaca

Live Testing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHXWBNqF3xg

Way to go! / Published January 12, 2017 by Alejandra Justiniano Vaca

Way to go!

Expert input #3 / Published January 9, 2017 by Diego Barba Gonzales

Expert input #3

Dr. Roberto unterladstaetter k.
PhD in weeds
"The idea of making a nursery is fantastic because the producing areas do not perform a good management of the fruit trees and there is no doubt that 80% of the fruit that we are eating, with the exeption of the orange and the banana, are being imported from neighboring countries, and the fruit-growing business should be profitable. Before introducing new species we should work in the handling since this is the reason why they fail. The farmers should mirror the ant's work focusing on the needs of the community, working as teams and sharing good practices. They should also identify leaders in the community that act like lighthouses to guide and illuminate the others. These "lighthouses" farmers must be trained and receive support so that they can reach out to other farmers that can follow on their steps. It is natural for people to follow what works well and generates profits; they should use a sort of revolving fund to be sustainable, maintaining a base fund . I would recommend talking to the IBC to work with a substitution program"

Expert input #2 / Published January 9, 2017 by Diego Barba Gonzales

Expert input #2

Ing. Agr. Pura Languidey de Antelo
Master in Phytopathology
"I see it very viable because now it is a necessity to renew the plant material that the farmer handles, in everything whether it is a vegetable or fruit, since the materials have to be always refreshed but in Bolivia the farmer does not have that knowledge nor the support of institutions to carry it out and therefore the farmer uses the same material and does not know how to handle it in the way that a trained technician would."

Our Mission

Our mission is to make seedlings free of diseases by keeping a log and registering the species in order to give the small farmer of the fruit sector a more productive and disease free plant. By producing healthier plants we expect that the farmers of the zone of the valleys will reduce the use of agrochemicals, fungicides, and pesticides that put their health and the consumers' at risk . Our project will include training and technical assistance so that they can learn to adequately manage their crops and increase their yields.

Our Background

We are a team of five students; four from the Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno and one from the NUR. We are all very passionate about agricultural activities, especially when it comes to improving the quality of our fruits. We are firm believers that by improving the quality of life of our farmers and the way they produce their fruits, we will boost the food production. The TFF Challenge has inspired us to work closely with the farmers and to apply our knowledge acquired in the university and through seminars on sustainable soils, farming, climate change, etc, to a real situation. We are now more knowledgeable of the challenges that our small farmers face and since they are very important pillars of our food security, we are committed to raising awareness about the different problems they face and the solutions that we can bring.

GIF Prototype! / Published January 14, 2017 by Vicente Gumucio Arze

GIF Prototype!

That's how our proyect works

Live Testing! / Published January 14, 2017 by Alejandra Justiniano Vaca

Live Testing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHXWBNqF3xg

Way to go! / Published January 12, 2017 by Alejandra Justiniano Vaca

Way to go!

Expert input #3 / Published January 9, 2017 by Diego Barba Gonzales

Expert input #3

Dr. Roberto unterladstaetter k.
PhD in weeds
"The idea of making a nursery is fantastic because the producing areas do not perform a good management of the fruit trees and there is no doubt that 80% of the fruit that we are eating, with the exeption of the orange and the banana, are being imported from neighboring countries, and the fruit-growing business should be profitable. Before introducing new species we should work in the handling since this is the reason why they fail. The farmers should mirror the ant's work focusing on the needs of the community, working as teams and sharing good practices. They should also identify leaders in the community that act like lighthouses to guide and illuminate the others. These "lighthouses" farmers must be trained and receive support so that they can reach out to other farmers that can follow on their steps. It is natural for people to follow what works well and generates profits; they should use a sort of revolving fund to be sustainable, maintaining a base fund . I would recommend talking to the IBC to work with a substitution program"

Expert input #2 / Published January 9, 2017 by Diego Barba Gonzales

Expert input #2

Ing. Agr. Pura Languidey de Antelo
Master in Phytopathology
"I see it very viable because now it is a necessity to renew the plant material that the farmer handles, in everything whether it is a vegetable or fruit, since the materials have to be always refreshed but in Bolivia the farmer does not have that knowledge nor the support of institutions to carry it out and therefore the farmer uses the same material and does not know how to handle it in the way that a trained technician would."

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to make seedlings free of diseases by keeping a log and registering the species in order to give the small farmer of the fruit sector ...Read More

Our Background

We are a team of five students; four from the Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno and one from the NUR. We are all very passionate about agricultural activities, ...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.