Food redistribution, processing and recycling

Achieving food security in the world especially in distressed regions

We are working with development partners to store, process and distribute food efficiently as well as manage waste properly.

Use Case

Since about 1 billion people in the world go to bed hungry and are located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Pacific, the Caribbean and Latin America, our efforts will be channeled towards these regions of the world. Food subsidies will be made available to key countries while organic fertilizer generated from biogas in the recycled wastes will be supplied to farmers to improve soil productivity. Food will also be properly distributed in such a way as to be accessed by the less privileged.

Potential

Climate change will be reduced significantly in vulnerable regions of the world where capacity to cope is low. Up to 800 million people in the world stand the chance of being well nourished through proper distribution, food subsidies and installing of food storage cum processing facilities.

Business Case

This business concept addresses waste disposal problems by efficient utilization of farm animals’ droppings alongside food wastes. It helps to ensure a safe and hygienic environment for humans. Also, organic manure that will be available year round to farmers at affordable rates is guaranteed. This has positive implication on food security as the risk of chemical residues in food as a result of remnants from inorganic fertilizers is eliminated. There is mitigation of green house gases too thus combating climate change.

Objectives:

  1. To ensure that food is accessed by the vulnerable and less privileged in the society.
  2. To ensure that much food is saved from waste by proper storing and processing
  3. To reduce bad impacts of climate change on Agriculture by harnessing food wastes to generate renewable energy and rich organic fertilizers .

Team BioSource

Ibadan, Oyo State., Nigeria

Food availability to the less privileged / Published January 15, 2017 by Femi Oyeniyi

Food availability to the less privileged

Provision of food to the vulnerable in society through proper distribution of food, efficient recycling of food waste producing organic manure and renewable energy which will help mechanize Agriculture by powering farm tools at low costs.

Our Team

Our Mission

Mission Statement: To make quality food readily available to the masses in an affordable manner using sustainable means of production that utilizes waste efficiently to meet energy needs.

Our Background

The team is made up of three (3) Doctoral students (1 female and 2 males) from the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Renewable Resources, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Femi Oyeniyi’s research thrust is Animal physiology and bioclimatology. Ayobami Oyesanwen focuses on food products and processing while Tope Bankole’s research priority is on sustainable animal production. Traditional, non-renewable sources of electricity like coal, natural gas and oil, supply a vast majority of the world’s electricity demand. However, these sources are criticized for intense greenhouse gas emissions, availability concerns, economic feasibility uncertainties, and association with a dependence on foreign energy supply. In rural and remote areas, transmission and distribution of energy generated from fossil fuels can be difficult and expensive. Producing renewable energy locally can offer a viable alternative. Interest in renewable energies has increased in recent years due to environmental concern about global warming and air pollution, reduced costs of the technologies themselves, and improved efficiency and reliability. In recent years, supportive programs from governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community cooperatives have expanded access to these off-grid technologies and the energy services they provide. However, renewables have shortcomings as well as high initial costs, an intermittent energy supply, and inability to supply a stable, base load electricity demand. Finance for renewable energy remains a huge issue because the majority of costs for years of use are incurred immediately at installation. The high cost of loans in Nigeria, with interest rates over 20 per cent, is an immediate disincentive to energy investments which would recoup costs over even relatively short periods. Thus, in this project, a cost effective model will be designed and used as template for subsequent replication. Energy from biomass can be converted into power through thermo-chemical (combustion, gasification and pyrolysis) or bio-chemical processes (anaerobic digestion) respectively. The latter (anaerobic digestion) will be the form adopted in this project. Anaerobic digestion is the controlled breakdown of organic matter in the absence of air to produce a combustible biogas and nutrient rich organic by-product. The digestion usually takes place in a centralized management facility/plant which will be located at the University of Ibadan Teaching and Research Farm. The organic matter to be used will be a combination of biodegradable farm animals’ waste and food wastes. The technology has several benefits which include but not limited to provision of steady source of clean energy for cooking (which brings attendant benefits), improved environmental waste management, increasing farm and business profit, mitigation of climate change, provision of organic manure (which has positive implication on food production and security). In light of the benefits accruable to deployment of this system, this project has the following objectives: 1) To rapidly enhance food production through improvement of the soil’s fertility by use of affordable organic manure obtained from the effluents. 2) Provision of steady light, cooking gas and electricity to University of Ibadan Community. 3) Scaling up the technology and commercialization of the system starting with the city of Ibadan. 4) Contributing meaningfully to greenhouse gas emission reduction and by implication lessening the effect of global warming in Nigeria. 5) Managing environmental wastes in a manner that will significantly reduce illnesses and deaths attributable to pollution from wastes.

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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.