Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Water hyacinth can be used on the land either as a green manure or as compost. As a greenmanure it can be either ploughed into the ground or used as a mulch. The plant is ideal for composting, an elegant solution to the problem of water hyacinth and poor soil quality.
1. After removing the plant from the water, leave it to dry for a few days
2. Mix the dried plant with ash, soil and some animal manure. Microbial decomposition breaks down the fats, lipids, proteins, sugars and starches
3. Leave the mixture in piles to compost, producing a rich safe compost which can be applied directly to the soil. Compost increases soil fertility and crop yield.
This will provide a decent solution to bio/eco crops, without polluting fertilizer.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Right now, in my country, the plant is only used as a pond flower, regardless of the studies provided by famous biologists.
Only in Africa, Thailand and other countries where it grows naturally the plant is used for any of the qualities listed above.
China has also tried to use the plant for cleaning water from pig farms, and also using it as a food supliment for the same animal.
Even if the water hyacinth is regarded as a pest in some countries, due to it's fast reproduction rate, the locals use it as a means to produce handmade objects, as chairs, tables, baskets etc, thus increasing their revenue and being able to live a decent life.
Because of its extremely high rate of development, Eichhornia crassipes is an excellent source of biomass. One hectare of standing crop thus produce more than 70,000 m3 of biogas.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
If the plant can be used at a large level, becoming involved in all the uses that it can provide, more people will start growing it. Due to our climate, the plant will wither and die during winter, but if the seeds are good, it can reproduce when the temperature is well again. This way it can provide a decent mass for food, biogas, furniture, etc.
All that is needed is one region where it can be fully utilized and succeed, and then it will easily be adopted by other entrepreneurs.
Small enterprises will be able to grow due to it.