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The Agri Recovery Kit

The Agri Recovery Kit is a disaster preparedness & relief invention that provides nutritive food, & supports human connectedness

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

In 2017 during a catastrophic season, 3 major hurricanes, hit the Caribbean region back to back displacing thousands of families. Many have not yet fully recovered with the climatic disaster expected to continue globally. as a chronic & cyclic problem. Locally this problem is exasperated via limited government response. As social entrepreneurs already working in human centred fields we understand that solutions work from the ground up. By gaining feedback directly from the experiences of hurricane victims we understand that great hardship lies leading a lengthy recovery period after a disaster. Food & human well being remain unfulfilled top priorities contributing to the slow return to normalcy. Thusky we created the A.R.K. or Agri Recovery Kit is a disaster preparedness & relief invention that provides nutritive food, supports connectedness & facilitates knowledge access for afflicted people & communities after a major disaster. The kit empowers families and communities to communicate as well as supply a portion of their own food during the months after a disaster allowing room to secure other necessities and to rebuild. Video could not be uploaded Please see here:

Geography of focus (500 characters)

With the Caribbean region as a use case we seek reiterate then test our user defined prototype followed by the subsequent roll out of the product. This requires collaborative action with vulnerable communities with aim of the kit being complementary to existing disaster preparedness practices

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Feedback from our A.R.K. User group made up of hurricane victims from Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica & Tortola indicate that support was slow to come by in terms of rebuilding livelihoods. Long term there are limited plans that positively build communities in a holistic manner given the trauma a disaster than cause, physically & mentally. Our aim to physically empower displaced persons to regenerate their livelihood giving them the food production tools & to improve the quality of life

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The kit will contain food input materials - seeds (land varieties) organic pesticides & fertilizers, compost block, degradable grow bags, solar battery among other items. It is supported with knowledge videos on practical actions for the recovery period such as water purification & water catchment methods, food production techniques, communication solutions such as Bluetooth mesh networks & other sustainable living practices. These knowledge videos go beyond the basic need ogmf foid and water and allows for human connectedness & collaboration The kit will be customized based on country involving local farmers to supply product inputs.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

A.R.K. puts people first by physically empowering displaced persons to regenerate their livelihood, shortening the recovery period & contributing to a faster return to normalcy. See our results matrix to ensure impact:

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

We live the realities of climate change. And so we are putting forward our adapt8ve solution

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Our region has seen a massive upswing in disastrous climatic events which affect all islands at varying levels. We created a small user feedback group made up of hurricane victims. This allows us to focus on those who are impacted the most. They are Eli James - App Developer, YLAI Fellow - Antigua & Barbuda Veronne Nicholas - Community Leader - Dominica Jason Mazelie - Technician - Trinidad & Tobago (Migrated to Tortola) Includes team members both Dominican & experienced disaster Mitchel John - Village council leader & owner of Agrosuede Backyard Gardening - OYW Fellow Eber Ravariere - President of the SOUL MultiPurpose Coorperative Society, YLAI Fellow Through their real life experiences we identified the problems facing communities. We gained insight into existing preparatory actions, how they failed and details of how challenging the recovery process as been. Using this we were able to shape our first prototype. We are utilizing human centred design to meet true needs.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Agriculture as the world's first, oldest & strongest economy acts as a backbone to development. It brings people together to fulfil mutual needs and spurs on other important aspects of rebuilding - safe & stable water sources, infrastructure, & community collaboration. This all-encompassing sector serves as the basis for the Agri Recovery Kit. A.R.K. is built upon sustainability practices, in social & cultural preferences, nutritional factors, as well as location & country specifics. The kit is low cost, made to support a family of 5 and is completely made of lically sourced and sustainabke inputs - seeds organic pesticides & fertilizers, compost block, solar battery among other items Our model merges humanitarian and development aid. It allows a blended operations model as a customized product forur project is also aptly suited to complement existing emergency procedures in a given village or community, building on the collaborative social behaviour that emerges after disaster

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Our intention is to build a platform of context specific, knowledge support videos as a stable source of human support. This means our product is a companion to both preparedness action & recovery activities, before & after a disaster We aim to partner with: Various local & regional farmers and regional agri institutions who act as collaborators for long term kit inputs & facilitators of storage. The A.R.K. User group made up of hurricane victims from Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Tortola & Trinidad & Tobago. We seek to expand this group Disaster & Humanitarian relief agencies See our implementation plan:

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Other

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Product: A new or enhanced physical product that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

Tech4agri/Green Farm Nation

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Keron Bascombe is an ag blogger, mobile journalist & creator of Tech4Agri a social enterprise that uses media, journalism & communications to support agriyouth , agripreneurs & other stakeholders. Brent Eversley is a vertical farm operator & the owner of Green Farm Nation, a business entity which meets commercial demand by combining sustainable practices such as composting with hydroponics & vertical structures. Together we have forged a partnership which leads project activities. Shakila Daniels owner of Classy Bodies Wellness provides consultancy support as our nutritionist. (These first three team members are based in Trinidad & Tobago.) ; Mitchel John of Agrosuede Backyard Gardening, a media production of the namesake & Eber Raviere President of the S.O.U.L Cooperative Farming Society are both based in Dominica rounding off our team's consultants with on the ground experience of disaster.

Website URL: Currently being updated

Type of submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organization Headquarters: Country

Trinidad and Tobago

Organization Headquarters: City / State



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