LiveResilient

Better Together!

Our project aims to improve farmers’ resilience to drought by inoculating seeds with beneficial bacteria to improve wheat drought tolerance.

Use Case

African woman farmer, Alissatou, farms 2 acres. Before being a “LiveResilient Farmer” she had a hard time growing enough food to feed her family and pay for basic needs, such as school for her children. Now, thanks to the formula of bacteria and other agricultural conservation techniques she has learned, she knows when drought comes, her plants are still resilient. Her plants grow strong from the beginning because they have a team of bacteria supporting them. At first other farmers were skeptical, but Alissatou gave it a try. Now, both men and women farmers ask her secret. She teaches them that not all bacteria are bad and how to inoculate their seeds, or she sells the pre-inoculated seeds for a premium. She is glad to be a farmer who is living resilient and changing the way we farm.

Potential

Farmers globally are challenged by water scarcity, nutrient stress, and harmful pathogens. Fortunately, there are microbes in the soil that have the natural capacity to form symbiotic relationships with plants to help them overcome these challenges. We have formulated a team of these microbes that grow with the plant to boost resilience to external stressors. The microbes support the plant by increasing nutrient acquisition, enhancing water uptake from the soil, and attacking pathogens. Our specially formulated group of microbes can provide farmers with higher yields, even in the face of drought conditions or pathogenic organisms. Soil health and water resources are in decline worldwide; our project has the potential to aid in reversing these trends while feeding a growing population.

Business Case

Our project has the potential to help farmers worldwide increase their productivity. To launch the distribution of our innovation model, we are starting in Africa with some of the world’s most vulnerable women farmers. Working with our partners, we will train women’s farming groups in seed inoculation and other agricultural conservation techniques. The formulation of our bacteria will be produced by an in-country lab with our university or ICRISAT research centers. Before planting season, the formulated bacteria will be distributed to women’s farming node groups to inoculate the seeds. These “node” groups will then distribute to other co-ops in their area. These farmer’s success will be passed on to other farmers, their children, and farmers around the world.

Objectives:

  1. Empower farmers to improve food security in their communities and countries by increasing productivity even during water-stress and drought.
  2. Conserve water and agricultural inputs by using rhizosphere bacteria that provide services to the plant while reducing water and input use.
  3. Engage & educate communities on the potential and use of beneficial microbes to improve utilization of microbes to solve global challenges.

Team LiveResilient

College Station, Texas, United States of America

Our Team

LiveResilient won TAMU Grand Innovation Challenge / Published April 20, 2018 by Tessa Ries

LiveResilient won TAMU Grand Innovation Challenge

https://aglifesciences.tamu.edu/blog/2018/02/09/top-tamu-students-compete-spot-global-summit/

We joined TAMU students from many different disciplines to come together to develop solutions to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ five Grand Challenges. The challenges are protecting our environment, enriching our youth, improving our health, growing our economy and feeding our world. Our solution addresses feeding our world. We are thankful to the Judges and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for believing in our solution and supporting our team!

Our Mission

LiveResilient is a group of women tackling the problem faced by many farmers- drought. Our vision is a world where all farmers are able to live resilient in the face of drought. We have formulated a team of proven beneficial bacteria that enhance wheat yield and drought tolerance. We want to help all farmers, but we are starting in Africa where many women farmers face adversity. With the help of our partners, we will train women farmers in seed inoculation and other agricultural techniques.

Our Background

We are a group of strong women coming together at Texas A&M. Zahra is from Iraq and is getting her PhD in Food Safety & Microbiology to help people have safe and healthy food. Hala is from Jordan and is getting her PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology to improve the health of people’s lifestyles. Hallie is from TX and studies Bio & Ag Engineering to help preserve and improve the environment. Tessa is from MN and studied Plant Microbiology to help farmers. We are excited to change the world together!

LiveResilient won TAMU Grand Innovation Challenge / Published April 20, 2018 by Tessa Ries

LiveResilient won TAMU Grand Innovation Challenge

https://aglifesciences.tamu.edu/blog/2018/02/09/top-tamu-students-compete-spot-global-summit/

We joined TAMU students from many different disciplines to come together to develop solutions to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ five Grand Challenges. The challenges are protecting our environment, enriching our youth, improving our health, growing our economy and feeding our world. Our solution addresses feeding our world. We are thankful to the Judges and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for believing in our solution and supporting our team!

Our Team

Our Mission

LiveResilient is a group of women tackling the problem faced by many farmers- drought. Our vision is a world where all farmers are able to live resilient in ...Read More

Our Background

We are a group of strong women coming together at Texas A&M. Zahra is from Iraq and is getting her PhD in Food Safety & Microbiology to help ...Read More

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