Breaking Ground in Tanzania!
Our newest unit, the WFP Innovation Center, is LIVE!An Innovative Approach to Nutrition and Food Security After 7 days at the site, the Farm from a Box/ World Food Programme pilot, Kalimungoma Ushirikiano, was successfully deployed! Given that this is the first project in Tanzania, locally made and using primarily local supply chains, there were learned lessons along the way that lengthened the deployment time from what would have been a turnkey 2-3 day process to a week.
The end result is a complete, localized system that is powered by 3kW of solar energy, with a maintenance-free submersible solar pump, drip irrigation that will lengthen and stabilize crop production, internal cold storage for keeping the harvest fresh, internet connectivity, and an IoT Data Controller that allows from remote monitoring of technology and field conditions.
Working side-by-side with the community and our local partner, World Vision Tanzania, we involved the whole team from the onset forming strong bonds, community ownership and greater understanding of what the system will be able provide in response to their needs. Why Kigoma, Tanzania?
Kigoma is a region on the far western border of Tanzania, neighboring the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. This region has tremendous potential for human and economic development through agriculture with arable land and fertile soil, and yet, it is among the poorest in the country in terms of food insecurity, malnutrition and income levels. With limited access and adoption to modern agriculture the region has been slow to develop to its full potential. The lack of availability to a diverse diet of nutritious food has lead to 38% stunting (chronic malnutrition), 68% anemia, and over 30% Vitamin A deficiency in women and children. (source: WFP Tanzania).
Our objective for this project is to verify the impact that Farm from a Box can make towards the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge. By adopting our solution to the Tanzanian context, localizing the supply chains, we are building, measuring, and learning what can be done for iterative product releases and expansion. Learned Lessons... we have made a few
With every new deployment, we learn how we can make this solution tighter, more adaptive to multiple conditions, and easier to scale out moving forward. There is so much that we have learned! We continue to innovate and think creatively in how we make this product better and BETTER.
Thank you for being a part of our growth! More to come!
Brandi, Scott, and Team FarmFAB
P.S. If you didn't catch our recent TEDx Talk, here's the link!