Team Agricarrier

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Our You Tube Link / Published January 14, 2017 by Samuka Kawa

Our You Tube Link

YouTube video Title: Agricarrier video pitch for the TFF challenge, 2017.

Group Member / Published November 11, 2016 by Samuka Kawa

Group Member

This idea will also help to manage the huge wastage of Agricultural produce in the Country sides, as farmers becomes consciouce of the values of their product when taken to the Market.

Group Member / Published November 11, 2016 by Samuka Kawa

Group Member

This idea will also help to manage the huge wastage of Agricultural produce in the Country sides, as farmers becomes consiouce of the value of their product when taken to the Market.

Our Team

Our Mission

The periodic convergence of people and goods at a particular Market town has been an age old tradition in most part of Africa . In Sierra Leone, this tradition is being preserved in the rural areas of the Country. A relatively large and prominent town are normaly chosen as a market town and the nearby big town or city can get their fresh Agricultural products from these markets. This is how Agricultural produce are been marketed in West Africa, since the days of Al-Bakr, an Arab Muslim Historian and writer who visited this region and wrote on the trade in AD (1067-1068). In Sierra Leone, a chiefdom may have two market towns where trades are head on a vary market days. This trade is not only important because it gives the farmers cash for their produce it is even more important because the population that live in the Urban cities get their food stuffs from these markets. However the trade is being faced with numerous problems emerging from the low productivity of the Agricultural produce as a result of the still prevalence use of traditional method of farming,to the poor means by which these Food Stuffs are being taken to these Market centers. This Project is focusing on addressing the problem of transportation. Addressing this all important aspect of the trade could improve productivity and make food available in the market, of the Urban towns and cities. which are densely populated, and rely heavely on the food that are produce in the villages. It can also creat room for exportation of goods which will serve as an added value to the economy of the country. The constrains the local food producers encounter in getting the food they produce to the Markets severely hinder the availability of food to Urban dwellers. Agricarrier project is gear towards mobilizing resources from local and external sources to help provide transportational service to local Farmers, in taking their Agricultural goods to these rural Market centers. The Project is first of all targeting two Chiefdom's in the Kenema District in Sierra Leone. Tunkia and Gaura Chiefdom. Just like most Agrarian societies in Africa, Villages that surrend the headquater of these chiefdoms carry their wares to these centers on their heads, some cover more than dozen miles journey on feet with their loads. Even in a situation where the Farmers gets enough harvest most of it get spoil, due to the lack of transportational service to take these food stuffs to the markets for sale. And that affect the farmers immensely, because there will be little or nothing to realized at the end of the whole harvest. This has largelly lead our farmers to become inactive in farming, and only focus on doing subsistence farming, which has had a negative impact on the country, in terms of food availability and supply. Transportation is an important factor in making sure that food reaches to the hungry population. This project is therefore initiated to work in the part of resolving the deffect of poor transport facilities in its operational fields. Which could improve the trade and feed more people. As a small scale research conducted by the Agricarrier Team members with the local farmers who are involve in the trade, in which the team randomly selected farmers and question them on the burning issues which hinder their trade, overwhelmely responded that transportation is the major catalyst. And if resolved will encourage them to work hard to maximize production, to feed the growing population in the Urban Area, raise their income status and reduce poverty. With Transportation the issue of spoilage and wastage of food product in the farm will be carefully handle.

Our Background

This team has three members, all being University Students, and all have equally had first hand experience in their Villages with the constrains which local farmers undergo to get the food they grow to the Markets. To start with, Samuka Kawa, the head of the team, while gowing up in the Village of Daalu as a child, encountered this constrain with his Mother, who had to woke him up every Sunday at 5:00am to help her carry the Farm product to the market. As a child he was greatlly trouble by the back breaking load he had to carry on the head and cover 9 miles Journey to Gegbwema where the Market takes place. As a University Student now, even though he is no longer involve in this trade but his people still do it, and thousands of people still depends on it for their food. This Business has the potential to feed as many people in the Urban centers as possible, only if the transportational nightmare could be resolved and there is an alternative means through which these Agricultural produce can be transported to these local markets. With the the diverse means of transportation means now available every where, this team is aiming to adopt the task of raising fund to purchase an Autor Motor Cycle rickshaw, which are made to accommodate not only human, but also could be used to carry loads. This could be a bit reasonable interm of cost considering the low financial status of these local farmers rather than compare to motor Van, which is more expensive. Since this project is intending to mobilize resouces from local sources, to not only help easy the burden of their people, but contribut with our own idea how to feed the growing population of the world which is mustly concentrated in the urban areas, while the food is grown in the Rural areas of most developing countries.

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  • Design Lab Experts
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  • Interior Architect
    Posted three pictures of your team workspace
  • Idea Parkers
    Shared a picture of your teams unique “idea parking”
  • Global Foodies
    Posted three facts about global food issues learned in the Explore mode
  • Insight + Insight + Insight
    Shared three new insights your team formulated in the Define mode
  • On Time, On Target
    Shared your Design Statement created during the Define mode
  • Post-it Fiends
    Shared pics of the chaos of the post-it filled Ideate work mode
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  • Expert Input
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    Shared a GIF of the prototype building frenzy
  • Live Testing
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  • Way To Go
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  • Etch-A-Sketch
    Shared your logo sketching session on your team blog
  • WE DID IT!!
    Submitted Final Pitch, including videos and concept details
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.