THE VERMI-AQUAPONICS SYSTEM

Fight hunger, poverty, climate change, malnutrition, land degradation.

The VA system integrates ICT, old and modern organic farming methods to produce food 4 times more at faster growth rate with minimal labor.

Use Case

MRS Mukosera is a home owner in waterfalls with erratic supply of water and the lack of time to tend to the garden. She is like a lot of home owners in Zimbabwe who like to grow their own food but cannot due to the issue of water and time to manage the garden. Now that she has the V-A system she can get fresh vegetables and fish from her 24 square meters garden. The vegetables are fresh, healthy and nutritious able to feed a family of 8.

Potential

The VA system will increase productivity in organic farming at minimal cost. Simple to use can be done in both rural and urban communities in any part of the world giving them a range of nutritional harvest. High quality produce 4 times as much on an equivalent space and at 2 times the growth rate. Reduces pollution as all biodegradable waste including office paper is fed to earthworms. Creates a self sustainable ecosystem where all elements depend on one another. Through the system, we have the potential of feeding at least one third of the 3 million people that are in dire need of food aid.

Business Case

We will generate revenue through selling organic produce from our 5 hectare farm. We will also do fit and supply for clients for a fee. We will offer training and maintenance services to clients at a charge. We are also looking into partnering with Humanitarian organizations and private players on a build operate and transfer deals. The software package to remotely monitor will be licensed to be renewed annually.

Objectives:

  1. To increase harvest by 5000kg of produce per week by 2019 through setting up a fully functional system on our 5 hectare plot.
  2. To sensitize at least 10 000 people on the benefits of adopting our system by end of 2018.
  3. To have more than 5000 clients using the system by 2020.

Team Shift Organic Technologies

Harare, Zimbabwe

Our Team

Expert Input / Published January 14, 2017 by nyasha tichivangani

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Jury-Rating at energy globe award:
The main problems in Zimbabwe are food insecurity, nutrition, poverty, droughts, poor soils, lack of organic fertilizers, poor management techniques, lack of gardening water in urban as well as rural areas. Farmers hesitate to use organic farming methods because they don't even have manure. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Zimbabwe created a vermicompost system which turns kitchen and paper waste into rich organic fertilizer which is used for organic agriculture. Congratulations to your initiative! http://www.energyglobe.info/zimbabwe2016?cl=en

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Expert Input / Published January 14, 2017 by nyasha tichivangani

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http://www.hit.ac.zw/news/clive-nyapokoto-s-vermi-aquaponics-system-goes-commercial.html

Expert Input / Published January 14, 2017 by nyasha tichivangani

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Shared three pieces of expert feedback on your concept

Jury-Rating at energy globe award:
The main problems in Zimbabwe are food insecurity, nutrition, poverty, droughts, poor soils, lack of organic fertilizers, poor management techniques, lack of gardening water in urban as well as rural areas. Farmers hesitate to use organic farming methods because they don't even have manure. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Zimbabwe created a vermicompost system which turns kitchen and paper waste into rich organic fertilizer which is used for organic agriculture. Congratulations to your initiative! http://www.energyglobe.info/zimbabwe2016?cl=en

http://www.hit.ac.zw/news/clive-nyapokoto-s-vermi-aquaponics-system-goes-commercial.html
https://www.facebook.com/HarareInstituteofTechnology/videos/660931020729000/
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Our Mission

We are committed to building Africa's food basket through the development of smart integrated organic farming technologies. We are a team of students who want to see organic agriculture in Africa become productive and resource efficient and hopefully these technologies can be spread all over the world.

Our Background

We are a team of Social Entrepreneurs. We are participating in the challenge so that we may be able to showcase how we are impacting change to communities vulnerable to hunger, poverty, unemployment, malnutrition and climate change. We are developing new integrated organic farming technologies including the use of Information Communication Technologies and even developing the existing practices so that they suit changing environments and are easily adoptable. We work with both urban and rural communities we want it to be a norm that every household has access to nutritious organic produce.

Expert Input / Published January 14, 2017 by nyasha tichivangani

Expert Input

Shared three pieces of expert feedback on your concept

Jury-Rating at energy globe award:
The main problems in Zimbabwe are food insecurity, nutrition, poverty, droughts, poor soils, lack of organic fertilizers, poor management techniques, lack of gardening water in urban as well as rural areas. Farmers hesitate to use organic farming methods because they don't even have manure. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Zimbabwe created a vermicompost system which turns kitchen and paper waste into rich organic fertilizer which is used for organic agriculture. Congratulations to your initiative! http://www.energyglobe.info/zimbabwe2016?cl=en

http://www.hit.ac.zw/news/clive-nyapokoto-s-vermi-aquaponics-system-goes-commercial.html
https://www.facebook.com/HarareInstituteofTechnology/videos/660931020729000/
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj91pX358HRAhVlAsAKHa9kDX4QFggbMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FHarareInstituteofTechnology%2Fvideos%2F660931020729000%2F&usg=AFQjCNEHR_oo2EM5bD81H5OZG39oG5kuoA&sig2=JVT4FSOBlRx4iaBZe1vF4A

Expert Input / Published January 14, 2017 by nyasha tichivangani

Expert Input

http://www.hit.ac.zw/news/clive-nyapokoto-s-vermi-aquaponics-system-goes-commercial.html

Expert Input / Published January 14, 2017 by nyasha tichivangani

Expert Input

Shared three pieces of expert feedback on your concept

Jury-Rating at energy globe award:
The main problems in Zimbabwe are food insecurity, nutrition, poverty, droughts, poor soils, lack of organic fertilizers, poor management techniques, lack of gardening water in urban as well as rural areas. Farmers hesitate to use organic farming methods because they don't even have manure. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Zimbabwe created a vermicompost system which turns kitchen and paper waste into rich organic fertilizer which is used for organic agriculture. Congratulations to your initiative! http://www.energyglobe.info/zimbabwe2016?cl=en

http://www.hit.ac.zw/news/clive-nyapokoto-s-vermi-aquaponics-system-goes-commercial.html
https://www.facebook.com/HarareInstituteofTechnology/videos/660931020729000/
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj91pX358HRAhVlAsAKHa9kDX4QFggbMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FHarareInstituteofTechnology%2Fvideos%2F660931020729000%2F&usg=AFQjCNEHR_oo2EM5bD81H5OZG39oG5kuoA&sig2=JVT4FSOBlRx4iaBZe1vF4A

Way To Go / Published January 14, 2017 by nyasha tichivangani

Way To Go

Shared a picture of your plan for iterating your project

Etch-A-Sketch / Published January 14, 2017 by nyasha tichivangani

Etch-A-Sketch

Our Team

Our Mission

We are committed to building Africa's food basket through the development of smart integrated organic farming technologies. We are a team of students who want to see organic ...Read More

Our Background

We are a team of Social Entrepreneurs. We are participating in the challenge so that we may be able to showcase how we are impacting change to communities ...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.