CSO21

Conserving For Generations

CSO21 enables urban populations grow safe and nutritious vegetables, herbs and fruits within limited urban spaces throughout the year.

Use Case

We train farmers to use waste materials to create planters for easily growing plants in their backyards using minimal space to achieve high productivity. Our innovative planters do not only enable the farmers to easily monitor and control plant growth and cut costs but they are also environmentally sustainable. We then go ahead and train them in growing safe and nutritious leafy greens, fruits and herbs in limited urban spaces using limited soil and water. Our trainings enable urban families to take charge of their own food production with minimal environmental impact while using limited resources. With our needs tailored trainings, we foster sustainable food production, healthy environments and economically empowered healthy families. ‘TEACH A MAN TO FISH AND FEED HIM FOR A LIFETIME.’

Potential

Our home garden planters are made of waste pallets and plastic containers which makes them cost effective and environmentally sustainable. Our gardens offer the users complete control over the growing process which fosters faster plant growth and limited pesticide and fertilizer use providing world population with safe and nutritious foods hence reduction in diseases. Growing food within the home also reduces transport carbon emissions thus contributing to climate change mitigation. The existing fully automated vertical indoor gardens are not sustainable for Uganda due to limited local cheap technologies and poor network signal which makes our gardens stand out as the current best market alternatives for limited urban space in the Sub Saharan market promoting urban food security.

Business Case

To achieve our ambitious goals and maintain a sustainable enterprise, we intend to generate revenue through sale of our planters at affordable prices in order to maximize our sales. We also intend to generate income from the sale eBooks on urban gardening and organic value addition, physical training at our model farm and consultancies on sustainable urban farming. We have validated our market hypothesis that Ugandans living around urban areas are resorting to use of inexpensive, easy, and much healthier products than common synthetic, inorganic alternatives found at the stores

Objectives:

  1. To achieve environmental sustainability through urban waste reuse
  2. To reduce home stead expenditure on food stuffs by 50%
  3. To increase food security by provision of food throughout the year

Team CSO21

Kampala, Uganda

Our Team

CSO21 PITCH VIDEO / Published May 4, 2018 by Kyaligonza Enid Shillar

CSO21 PITCH VIDEO

https://youtu.be/jxfjvnnbWn4

The climax of it all at TFF challange design lab

CSO21 FINAL CONCEPT VIDEO / Published May 4, 2018 by Kyaligonza Enid Shillar

CSO21 FINAL CONCEPT VIDEO

https://youtu.be/ehVlOeh-c1U

This is a detailed description of what we have been doing from the beginning to the end on how to feed 9billion people by 2050.

CSO21 PITCH / Published May 3, 2018 by Robert Sande

CSO21 PITCH

https://www.facebook.com/602088316792639/videos/609304789404325/

This a highlight of the work that 21st Century Sustainability Options Limited (CSO21) does to feed the 9 billion people by 2050. Enjoy!

Selling our Idea ''The pitch'' / Published May 3, 2018 by Robert Sande

Selling our Idea ''The pitch''

As our idea was now known to many users, and every member of the team happy that we are almost their, we gathered ourselves up to make it count. We started by refreshing up with a look back about the entire process from introduction to where we are now. This almost made some of us shed tears of joy as there was a lot of ups and downs but thank God this is the time to shine to the world.

We wrote different story lines and scripts to use in our pitch video ooh God there was a lot of laughter around the room as we cheered ourselves to the Hollywood wannabes.
After several rounds of practice, Cleus emerged the best Hollywood actor and of course he won the Oscar to present our pitch.
Get ready to feed the world by 2050!

CHANGES MADE / Published May 3, 2018 by Kyaligonza Enid Shillar

CHANGES MADE

So our prototype from pallets had issues with rain water, it made the wood rot so we decided to apply vanish to make it impermeable to water. We also had to put a PVC plastic paper to stop the soil from running out of the garden through the aerations made, because some of users complained of soil and water running out while watering which made there homes messy.

Thanks to CSO21 we came up with new solutions and ideas to do this.

Our Mission

CSO21's mission is to promote food security by building capacity in sustainable organic urban farming with in Uganda and through out the whole world. We provide e-learning and physical capacity building platforms for organic, cost effective and innovative urban gardening, coupled with organic value addition in limited urban spaces. Our vision is to ensure continued guaranteed access to healthy organic food while promoting food security, economic growth and environmental sustainability.

Our Background

We are a team of enthusiastic youths, passionate about environmental sustainability. Having all grown up in Uganda, a nation with 19% of the population malnourished and about 38% of children below the age of five, living with chronic malnutrition, We are determined to provide solutions geared towards creating a hunger free world. This challenge enables us have a global perspective of current solutions to the global challenge of food security.

CSO21 PITCH VIDEO / Published May 4, 2018 by Kyaligonza Enid Shillar

CSO21 PITCH VIDEO

https://youtu.be/jxfjvnnbWn4

The climax of it all at TFF challange design lab

CSO21 FINAL CONCEPT VIDEO / Published May 4, 2018 by Kyaligonza Enid Shillar

CSO21 FINAL CONCEPT VIDEO

https://youtu.be/ehVlOeh-c1U

This is a detailed description of what we have been doing from the beginning to the end on how to feed 9billion people by 2050.

CSO21 PITCH / Published May 3, 2018 by Robert Sande

CSO21 PITCH

https://www.facebook.com/602088316792639/videos/609304789404325/

This a highlight of the work that 21st Century Sustainability Options Limited (CSO21) does to feed the 9 billion people by 2050. Enjoy!

Selling our Idea ''The pitch'' / Published May 3, 2018 by Robert Sande

Selling our Idea ''The pitch''

As our idea was now known to many users, and every member of the team happy that we are almost their, we gathered ourselves up to make it count. We started by refreshing up with a look back about the entire process from introduction to where we are now. This almost made some of us shed tears of joy as there was a lot of ups and downs but thank God this is the time to shine to the world.

We wrote different story lines and scripts to use in our pitch video ooh God there was a lot of laughter around the room as we cheered ourselves to the Hollywood wannabes.
After several rounds of practice, Cleus emerged the best Hollywood actor and of course he won the Oscar to present our pitch.
Get ready to feed the world by 2050!

CHANGES MADE / Published May 3, 2018 by Kyaligonza Enid Shillar

CHANGES MADE

So our prototype from pallets had issues with rain water, it made the wood rot so we decided to apply vanish to make it impermeable to water. We also had to put a PVC plastic paper to stop the soil from running out of the garden through the aerations made, because some of users complained of soil and water running out while watering which made there homes messy.

Thanks to CSO21 we came up with new solutions and ideas to do this.

Our Team

Our Mission

CSO21's mission is to promote food security by building capacity in sustainable organic urban farming with in Uganda and through out the whole world. We provide e-learning and ...Read More

Our Background

We are a team of enthusiastic youths, passionate about environmental sustainability. Having all grown up in Uganda, a nation with 19% of the population malnourished and about 38% ...Read More

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    Posted three facts about global food issues learned in the Explore mode
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  • Introduction
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  • Explore
    Completed the Explore section of the Design Lab
  • Define
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  • Ideate
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  • Iterate
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  • Pitch
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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.