imPACKt Farm

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imPACKt Farm: Flat-packed aquaponic farming units for fast and sustainable disaster aid relief

SpainNepal
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Where emergency relief is needed, food aid distribution inefficiencies waste much food, leaving many food-deprived. ImPACKt is a flat-pack farm sent as a post disaster relief. It's simple to install and scale-up, providing constant food-security to communities while the agricultural sector recovers.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if farms could be transported from one place to another and distributed in a form of aid in the aftermath of natural disasters. This would reduce the uncertainty of food shortage and ensure food security for the victims of natural disaster?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In Nepal's disaster affected regions, 25% of affected people are in crucial need of food assistance. Aid is the only source of food available while the agricultural sector recovers. 50,000 tonnes of food were donated, however distribution inefficiencies due to difficult terrain, and lack of infrastructure made it challenging to deliver. A sustainable form of food aid reduces dependency on donations and contributes to the country's recovery.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

To provide a constant and sustainable supply of food, ImPACKt has developed a compact vertical farm using hydroponic and aquaponic technology. The farm is flat packed, optimizing space during transportation to necessary areas. Once received, unpacking and assembling the farm is simple, quick, easy to maintain, and very space efficient. After 2 months of maintenance, the farm can provide enough essential staple foods for a family of 4 their whole lives. The flat-packed farm was designed to provide an effective and sustainable source of food for the affected communities. As time goes by, the farm can be scaled up to become profitable, by producing high quality vegetables. We believe this will kickstart the recovery of devastated economies.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Kamala is a typical woman who lives in a rural village in Nepal. Her day-to-day routine involves looking after her and husbands farm. This all changed when the earthquake hit. Everything they had was destroyed and Kamala and her family are now completely dependent on aid. Fortunately, Kamala lives in a community that recieved an imPACKt farm, which they collectively set up. As the food aid donations decrease, the farm will already have produced a sufficient amount of food for Kamala and her family. Furthermore the farm is producing extra food, which Kamala can sell, providing her with long-term profit benefits. Now she is no longer dependent on aid, but rather empowered by sustainable agriculture technologies.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

In terms of disaster aid, the deployment of ImPACKt farms could potentially positively impact individuals and communities. In 5m2, 10 towers produce 300 plants. This is enough food to sustain a family of 4 for their whole lives. It will provide them with daily harvests and as well as help them to become sustainable in the form of trade as their community rebuilds itself. Using conventional agriculture, 50m2 would be required to grow the same amount of food. Given the community has 100 families, 500m2 of imPACKt farms will be needed to have constant a supply of food. In Nepal, 50% of the economically active population are employed in agriculture, 3.5 million of which are rural farmers which accounts for 30% of the Nation’s GDP. ImPACKt farm could help alleviate poverty and empower people working in the agriculture sector hence increasing the GDP of the entire nation.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

ImPACKt has a key role in the intermediate recovery period after a devastating disaster by providing a sustainable source of food to ensure the survival of the community. After initial recovery, people require permanent and sustainable living conditions. At this time, imPACKt farm can be upgraded to involve the community in microfinance programs, so encouraging the conversion of growth in production into sustainable commerce. More simply, imPACKt farms can be used to enable a region to not only provide enough for their own needs, but also produce enough to rebuild trade to other regions.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Crowd-funding campaigns will be launched, funding one or two aid projects in Nepal. This will empower individuals to donate and invest in sustainable initiatives in deprived communities. Deriving specifically designed commercial models will prove instrumental in the success of cross-subsidizing new projects. A platform will be created where crowd-funding, crowd-sourcing and investment opportunities will be combined, into a new donations ecosystem

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Widely implementing commercial vertical-farms in developed countries requires high initial investment achieved by selling the produce locally. Smaller units in urban areas are then targeted for individual use. Aquaponics has the potential to improve the livelihoods of many in disadvantaged rural regions worldwide. In Nepal 25m people currently rely on traditional agriculture, but due to lack of arable soil and high dependence on climate, they can't produce enough to sustain themselves. ImPACKt farms provide fundamental help in both the recovery phase and post-disaster community development.
Team

Founding Story

imPACKt farm was born from the desire and passion for finding solutions to provide food security for 9bn people by 2050. Nepal is one of the possible contexts in which our project could be proved effectively beneficial. We believe that if we can provide sustainable and constant access to food for devastated individuals and communities, we will be able to feed anyone anywhere in the world. Our ultimate goal is to humbly initiate a sustainable agriculture revolution, by contributing to the recovery of ruined economies, societies and countries following any scale of unavoidable tragic disaster.

Team

ImPACKt Farm’s team members share 6 nationalities and have lived in 8 countries throughout their lives. We are a multidisciplinary group of students and professionals that came together in their fervor to change the world. We are architects, food scientists, designers, and business experts who complement each other efficiently. Finally, we are driven by our mutual passion for ensuring the world can continue enjoying a good family meal for many years to come. Sofya Abramchuk: Co-founder & Executive Manager - Architecture Student in IE University. Experience in aquaponics, graphic design, urban and interior planning, sustainability and product design, main manager and potential CEO of the company. Jose Lacruz: Co-founder & Visionary Architect- Architecture Student in IE University. Experience in hydroponics and aquaponics for more than 4 years, urban and interior planing, sustainability and product, main technician and expert in the future. Chrisant Rystiasih: Food Expert & Innovator- Masters in Food and Innovation from Lund University. Experience in food nutrition, product packaging, aquaponics and hydroponics, logistics and market expertise, marketing. Tsering Kenji: Consumer Champion- Student of Business and International Relations in IE University. Main target marker researcher, Nepal expert, external relations with NGOs and government institutions Alex Blankenstein: Creative Wizard- Student of International Relations in IE University. Creative design, external relations with investors, European Youth Parliament representer, business plan and strategy developer. Mar Pujadas: Business Strategyzer & Rainmaker- Student of Business and International Relations in IE University. Business plan and strategy developer, financing and fundraising
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