Grower Program

Using farmbot tech , we aim to create a global decentralized farming community.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Urban Farming Robotics

Year founded

2017

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • Less than $1k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Romania

Headquarters location: City

Bucharest

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/urban.farming.robotics/

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Currently 38% of all land on the planet is used to feed our current population. Our population is growing. We have drastically altered the climate and the environment , in part to feed more people, and there are more people being born everyday.
So moving forward, this raises the question, How do we farm more without changing the environment ?

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

The farmbot, more specifically what this little robot represents. Mainly a relatively cheap , scalable and user friendly approach to microscale farming.
The robots work on fixed grid system , like a 3D printer, and on that grid you can plan, and manage your crops, even remotely , on your phone .

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Our goal is to build ,develop , and implement as many of these kind of robots as possible , and distribute them to as many people as possible, creating communities and limiting the impact large scale industrial farming has on the environment by allowing anybody to grow and maintain their own crops indefinitely .
So please,…give us a chance to save the world.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Long term we wish to industrialize the production of our robots so it reaches as many people as possible. We also want to incorporate a decentralized agricultural community among our customers ( robot users). So long term our sustainability comes from the sale and rent of our robots, and the whole sale of our vegetables through our network.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Through our robots we can create a decentralized farming collective that would help our users sell their products, and guarantee the quality of our products to our potential clients.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Last year around this time I was in Milan , I just said goodbye to my students and I was reading articles to prepare for next weeks lessons. As I kept reading a problem started forming in my mind. Our population is growing, our society is changing, so... How do we farm more without changing the environment? And that question, and the search for it's answer were my Aha moment.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact

Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 50%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 50%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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Photo of Waleed Khalil

This looks like great idea that faces really serious global issue for food.