Sisnoo

Serving tradition

We create a space to produce, connect & promote indigenous foods of different communities & mobilize self-reliant local technology in food.

Use Case

The growing preference for rice and its increasing import (NPR 40 billion in FY 2016/17) has not only put indigenous Nepalese foods and crops under threat of extinction but also increased the trade deficit. People living in the remote marginalized community like in Karnali are greatly affected, as their reluctance to grow indigenous crops has hiked the region’s dependence on rice, further worsening food insecurity. Rural farmers are our potential users as our technology will enable them to optimize the production of still traditionally-grown crops. Farmers can sell the produced crop to us which then will be prepared as indigenous food using local technology and served to urban consumers. The fortified indigenous food could also be served to marginalized people suffering from malnutrition.

Potential

Innovative new technology in local crop cultivation and indigenous food technology will replace the still-existing traditional method and optimize the production, thus helping promote sustainable agriculture. Increase in production of local crops in famine-prone regions and mobilizing self-reliant local technologies in food can decrease the dependence on one food crop, thus establishing food security. Indigenous foods have a significant nutritional value and by value addition other required nutrients could be added as well. As indigenous foods are scattered globally amongst the communities that have been consuming it for generations, promotion and marketing of such foods could create of market of its own, further benefiting farmers and producers.

Business Case

Our business model is based on creating an indigenous food and crops based social enterprise. Since indigenous food in Nepal is virtually untapped market, the major source of our revenue would be marketing our product to urban consumers. The profit generated would be channeled back to rural farmers, our suppliers, which would help them increase their production. Selling or leasing locally-suitable technologies for crop production to farmer would act as secondary source of revenue. In addition to it, Nepal government could also be our customer of fortified indigenous foods as the government spends massively into fighting malnutrition especially among the school children.

Objectives:

  1. Indigenous food production using self-reliant local technology with addition of food fortification to solve malnutrition & food insecurity
  2. Development of a value chain of indigenous food to make it marketable especially for urban customers
  3. Introduction of innovative farming technology in still traditionally-grown indigenous crops to optimize the production

Team Sisnoo

Dharan, Nepal

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to significantly reduce the problem of hunger, malnutrition and poverty by mobilizing self reliant local technologies in production of indigenous foods and crops.

Our Background

Sisnoo consists of three undergraduate students – Sajal Bhattarai, currently pursuing B.Tech (Food Technology); Sandesh Poudel and Shasank Pokharel, both pursuing B.E. in Agricultural Engineering. The team is a blend of diverse academic and professional skills making us the right team. A zest and hunger to solve food and agriculture related problems is what made us apply for this competition. We want to build a brand out of this idea and tackle the huge problem of food insecurity.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to significantly reduce the problem of hunger, malnutrition and poverty by mobilizing self reliant local technologies in production of indigenous foods and crops.Read More

Our Background

Sisnoo consists of three undergraduate students – Sajal Bhattarai, currently pursuing B.Tech (Food Technology); Sandesh Poudel and Shasank Pokharel, both pursuing B.E. in Agricultural Engineering. The team is ...Read More

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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.