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Agri Waste is not a waste but a resource for bridging Peace and Prosperity for a better world.

Innovative model for Effective Utilization of Agricultural wastes to create an impact converting into opportunities.

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After having interactive sessions with farmers community, Our concept idea has been welcomed & accepted with lots of enthusiasm though the farmers are concerned that Agri waste straws disposal is a problem for them as they follow mechanized agriculture that leaves a significant straws on the field,Mr Sai Kumar agriculturalist &farmer from Dullapally village -Telangana says the crop residues are only used for animal feed or burnt as they do not have knowledge to use for commercial applications.

Why does the target community define this problem as urgent and/or a priority? How is the idea leveraging and empowering community assets to help create an environment for success? (1000 characters)

The Community are not really aware about the usages of these agri residues ,This idea will educate both men & women to earn a decent living by selling these wastes & to produce i.e paddy bags, baskets etc. According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), agriculture, livestock, forestry are responsible for 24% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The quantity of agri wastes are rising rapidly globally and as a result the environmental problems and negative impacts of agricultural waste by burning. Our idea implementation will be reduce pollution due to burning by adopting approaches to reuse agricultural wastes for producing commercial products with an improved land use to sequester significant amounts of GHGs from the atmosphere and counter plastics pollution with these wastes to manufacture plant based bio plastics, fibres & eco based products ie biofertilizer,energy recycling, Biomass pyrolysis for soil fertility etc with a low cost investment with high returns .

How does the idea fit within the larger ecosystem that surrounds it? Urgent needs are usually a symptom of a larger issue that rests within multiple interrelated symptoms - share what you know about the context surrounding the problem you are aiming to solve. (500 characters)

The idea will create a positive impact not only locally but globally to solve multiple problems by generating Income, reducing pollution. employment generation in the region to produce Paddy bags (Garbage bags),Baskets ,Mats, Bioplastics etc with direct impact in reducing the numbers of Farmers suicides which are mostly due to financial burden of loans or seasonal crop failures etc. This will open new opportunities for communities and for new entrepreneurs to step in Eco business Industry.

How does the idea affect or change the fundamental nature of the larger ecosystem that surrounds it (as described above) in a new and/or far-reaching way? (500 characters)

This idea will impact both environment & livelihood not only in India but also for the whole world by creating an opportunity as a business model for Crop residues. Agri wastes of Straws and bales has not been used appropriately due to less demand with high cost of transportation. Our aim is to become a leading Agri Waste collector, Supplier & producer to empower the community with Skills and Training to create an Agri waste based market driven economy for the future for peace and prosperity.

What will be different within the target community as a result of implementing the idea? What is the scope and scale of that difference? How long will it take to see that difference and how will it be sustained beyond BridgeBuilder support? (500 characters)

There are many reasons farmers are burning their field stubble is because of lack of options to dispose off the straw wastes ,our idea is sustainable with a scope to create opportunities in manufacturing of agri waste products, its quite unrealistic to say at this moment but we truly expect to see a big change in next 2-3 yrs, Our idea to become a leading collector,supplier ,manufacturer of eco products including Biochar & Bioplastics from Agri wastes.

How has the idea evolved or responded to your user research during the Beneficiary Feedback Phase and any further insights provided if you participated in the Expert Feedback Phase? (1000 characters)

I have experienced a very positive feedback with whomever we have connected and discussed this project idea , I have discussed this with partners in five states in India (Telangana -Andhra Pradesh , Westbengal ,Punjab and Odhisha and also with counterpartin southeast asian countries in Cambodia-(Prey veng & battambang region-Mainly produces high wastages of crop residues), Laos & vietnam and they all are happy and excited to know more about this project. As we have planned to use an innovative collection and distribution system using Battery operated powered vehicles to transport the Agri wastes from remote regions to ensure no wastes are unattended. There are challenges and it needs tremendous efforts to work closely with the beneficiaries for organized collection system.The farmers can store and deliver in 100kgs Eco bags to us in powdered form or pieces when stock is ready or our battery transport will collect both in raw or powdered form when there is enough quantity stock.

What are the key steps for implementation in the next 1-3 years? (You can attach a timeline or GANTT chart in place of a written plan, if desired.) (1000 characters)

The project will be implemented in a phase wise starting with awareness networking and database collection of farmers & resources availability in communities , the next phase will begin by providing Mini Grinders machines to farmers to ready paddy into small pieces/ powdered form at their premises or at common specified locations. After this phase the production of Agri waste products will begin with paddy straw bags, packing trays, Bio fertilizers , pyrolysis (bio char) for soil fertility, baskets ,mats , sheets. we also propose to start an Innovative battery powered vehicle for transportation of agriwastes for collections to the point of storage facility. There will be frequent workshops & campaigns conducted with district officials and communities encouraging them to produce and sell eco products saving environment. the team will coordinate with villages and farmers to source & procure the agriwastes in timely fashion through call centers and FARMERS APP in regional Languages.

Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of roles and responsibilities for each entity). (Feel free to share an organizational chart or visual description of your team). (500 characters)

Full time Team members will be hired at a later stage, Mr Srinivas a mechanical engineer by profession Project Director . Dr Amiya Singh as partner has innovated eco friendly egg trays & Mr Sai Kumar our Partner an Agriculturist having rice field to procure agri waste crops from nearby villages. There are International partners from Battambang & preyveng in Cambodia Mr Sarey Horm),Mr Souly (Laos) & Mr Hoang (Director Agri )Vietnam and Mr Wattana( Agri Fruits Business from Thailand).

What aspects of the idea would potential BridgeBuilder funds primarily support? (500 characters)

Bridgebuilder support plays a major and vital role to reach the common goal to impact group of communities globally, we would primarily seek funds to manufacture & impart skills trainings for communities to produce eco friendly products from Agri wastes i.e straw bags, bio fertilizers , Eco water bottles, straw based trays, Biochar (Pyrolysis) ,tableswares and a support to funds for few Eco innovative battery vehicles for transportation & an Innovative Grinder machines for farmers to cut straws

In preparation for our Expert Feedback Phase: What are three unanswered questions or challenges that you could use support on in your project? These questions will be answered directly by experts matched specifically to your idea and needs.

Our vision is to scale this project idea not only within India but also for other regions to make this mission effective & impactful for other regions . As we have established linkages with chain of partners and stakeholders to begin a Pilot project in India and for ASEAN regions , would there be any further mentorship provided by GHR Foundation supporting for expansion of our implementation to work on other regions. As we think that this project could be implements on a larger prospective and this doesn't need high investments on a long run but an Initial thrust with limited funds with more cooperation & constant support from organizations to revolutionize the eco business Industry from agri residues model for peace , prosperity and safer environment.

Final Updates (*Please do not complete until we reach the Improve Phase*): How has the idea evolved or responded to your user research during the Beneficiary Feedback Phase and any further insights provided if you participated in the Expert Feedback Phase? (1000 characters)

In the framework of our vision and efforts to develop a bag made from Agriwastes , We have Initiated working to make the first step to make handmake Straws bags and these bags will be made from crop residues which have the same durability as a conventional paper bag by using a glue which are made from natural raw materials to be used a regular paper bag used in supermarkets/grocery store which will degrade after certain period of time. It is an alternative to say Good bye to conventional plastic bags to use Agri wastes which is not used for industrial scale production and to make a pleasant looking product. After understanding the major challenges which are involved to implement we realize that more partnerships and collaborations will act as catalyst to scale it for a better impact worldwide. These agri wastes will lead to an competitive market enhancing more innovative approaches and solutions which will benefit the human society and the environment.

During this Improve Phase, please use the space below to add any additional information to your proposal.

After our deep understanding and research , we understand that there needs to be more work done on Innovative approaches to use these agricultural wastes for efficient ecological and economic assets to generate innovative approaches to convert it into eco-friendly products with a direct benefits for both environment, economy and consumer. To achieve this goal, The focus of our project is explicitly on sustainability, which will offer more opportunities to expand in this area by experimenting more uses with these materials.

Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

This Planet will breathe well and prosper with more educated & civilized society. The world’s population of 7.5 billion inhabitants and this massive demographic change rising complexities by urbanization,over-exploitation of natural resources, accelerating pollution and environmental degradation, international and in-country migrations, and a growing rural-urban divide. All have to cope with consequences of the unsustainable use of the Earth resources. This situation calls for urgent attention and firm commitments by communities and governments for a sustainable future as the vulnerability of some countries and radical religious beliefs are responsible for uprising conflicts.Our Idea will solve multiple solutions by education & skills on Agri waste uses for income generation for tribal ,rural and urban citizens sharing values and intercultural dialogues to ensure peace and prosperity.Natural resources exploitation has tangible and intangible benefits for social, political ,economic reasons but alternatives are necessary with population rise and depleting resources, We envisage to generate income from Agricultural wastes for Eco business and reduce the environmental damages. The mission is to empower them, promote exhibitions from village to international level and collect Agri wastes to use as a resource business model to produce eco freindly products such as Bio char,mats, leaf plates & disposable glasses,Cutleries ,sanitary pads,handicrafts,bags, Recycling of plastics, producing Bio Fertilizers & bio pesticides in R/Urban areas, this could be a 2 billion USD business industry from India. The amount of agri waste are 500+ millon tonnes every year and 300 million tons of crop residue burning causes severe pollution ,health and environmental damage. we would like to replacing usage of plastics with plant made bioplastics and using Community Resources assets to meet certain needs for living for people eg Pasture land (grazing land),farming land,pond ,wells,estate etc.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Beneficiaries will be communities from tribal , rural and urban areas and especially farmers living on daily wages with lot of uncertainty depending on climatic conditions. Good crops make their living sustainable but bad crops failure due to weather vulnerability, droughts leads farmers into disastrous situation falling in debts of loans ,this results in rising number of suicides among farmers communities worldwide. To generate second level of income will help in improving their living conditions & financial status as the agri wastes can be procured easily we will provide handholding assistance with necessary skills training needed for the communities to produce eco friendly products. This source of income generation will directly and indirectly impact their prosperity . We would also like to develop a farmer Agri waste APP in regional languages and call centers to approach us for assistance and to sell and inform about the stock availability of Agri wastes directly to us.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Our Idea is to educate & train to get them moving to raise the income level of communities for prosperity by preserving and protecting the cultural heritage as a whole, including underwater cultural heritage especially in conflict-afflicted areas. This idea will work as there are no cost or low cost of investment on raw materials to produce but it has rewards with high returns without any losses and we all are aware about the reality about rising Population around the world which is directly responsible for depleting resources and environmental pollution due many other reasons. The communities with disputes and conflicts needs development and prosperity with a respected living and this idea has qualities which can improve the life of citizens in any country. The goal is to empower the talented poor people to produce any commercial products which are made of plants and agri wastes which are eco friendly to human health & environment to counter with an alternative for plastics.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Our aim is to develop and innovate more opportunities available within the communities without damaging the Environment by using Agri wastes potential for prosperity for rural and urban communities. we would like to create a high impact working with cost effective technologies which delivers profitability , sustainability with environment friendly results . www.wafes.webstarts.com

Expertise in sector

  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we plan to register in the future.
  • Other

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The inspiration came after seeing the poor farmers burning their wealth and not being able to bring up their living standards with high number of suicides due to financial burden , a thought came if there could be a secondary source of income from these Crop residues ,it could transform many lives for tribal ,rural and urban communities. As we have all in nature and more innovative solutions to work with these cheap resources could generate wealth by saving the environment for a better world.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

India is home of all religions and various communities with many languages , The major reason for my selection of this topic is because of the burning of agricultural waste in India is massive and as the people are unaware about the resource they are wasting by burning wealth and damaging the environment with severe pollution. After realizing the potential of wealth which is wasted and the damage it cause to the environment I have thought of working on a incentive business model which could grow the wealth of people and save the planet's environment .

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Our engaged partners will be from local government institutions at village level , ngos and corporates etc . As tribal areas are not fully aware of environmental damages by burning crop residues and how this innovative idea can generate their income for family along with reducing the emissions of toxic gases. Our idea is to collect these agri wastes and involve other interested partners from tribal ,rural and urban areas to generate this a businesses model of billion dollar industry with peanut investments on raw materials which we will provide skills and procure them with low cost technologies. we would like to move district and ward wise in every state wise as most of the agriwastes are in remote areas and we are working on a innovative low cost transportation which could effectively collect the agriwastes from remote areas.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

We are going to create opportunities by empowering the farmers ,Individuals & entrepreneurs to make a impact to boost eco business by saving the environment ,my community has immense scope for people and with a vision to replicate and work with other countries in Asia , Africa ,Europe and Americas and wherever there could be an opportunity to use these agri wastes to produce eco products. if we manage to get enough funding we would like to begin a pilot project at the earliest.

Geographic Focus

Phase wise operations India , South Asia regions , South East Asia , Africa , Europe & Americas.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

we would like to begin with a pilot project starting with two states Telangana & Andhra pradesh both agri producing within 3 months and entire India in 2yrs. We would like to engage the village level farmers and encourage new entrepreneurs for join in this project. The project will be implemented phase wise operations and it has a potential to be scaled faster due to the reason for farmer being incentivized to sell the agri wastes on an average of two or three seasonal crops in these regions.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

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RICE STRAW AS FERTILIZER.pdf

More than 500 Millions +tons of Agri wastes are just from India and out of 300 millions of Paddy Rice and Wheat straws agri wastes half of this straws are used for animal feeds and biomass industries rest all are wasted or burnt away. We have innovated an idea to use this resource to save the environment from pollution by using these straws as a business model to impact the living conditions of poor communities and to encourage the new entrepeurners to enter into eco business industry.

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Photo of emma MA
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great work. i really motivated by the great work you are doing. appreciate the follwing
1. Doing awareness of networking and database collection of farmers & resources availability in communities.
2. Providing Mini Grinders machines to farmers to ready paddy into small pieces/ powdered form to produce Agri waste products.
3. Host workshops & campaigns with district officials and communities encouraging them to produce and sell eco products to help save the environment.

Photo of Christina Schwanke
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Joy Banerjee thank you for adding me to your team!

Photo of Joy Banerjee
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Dear Christina ,

Wish you all the best and would be very glad to know if someone from our team will move up to the next phase.

Photo of Kathleen Rommel
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Hi there,

What an interesting project! I really enjoyed reading more about your work, but can't seem to find the User Map. Can you point me in the right direction? I'd love to learn more!

Thanks so much.

Photo of Joy Banerjee
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Hi Kathleen ,

Many thanks for taking time to go through our idea and very glad to receive your feedback , as our work is at early stage of survey & assessments so we could only provide the User map survey experience. We have prepared our Master Plan for implementation and would be happy to share more information with you.

I wish you good luck to you and your entire team .

with warm regards ,

Photo of Kathleen Rommel
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Thanks, Joy! Congrats on making it to this phase, and best of luck to you as well!

Photo of Charles Zulanas
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Great idea! You have shown that burning rice fields within farming communities creates substantial pollution worldwide and especially in India. I like your ideas for the alternative usage of the materials. They are very innovative.
You have stated that you will:
1. Do awareness networking and database collection of farmers & resources availability in communities.
2. Provide Mini Grinders machines to farmers to ready paddy into small pieces/ powdered form to produce Agri waste products.
3. Host workshops & campaigns with district officials and communities encouraging them to produce and sell eco products to help save the environment.
4. Coordinate with villages and farmers to source & procure the agriwastes in timely fashion through call centers and FARMERS APP in regional Languages.
If the product will be very lucrative for farmers or for yourself, why haven't you made the initial investment to purchase these machines or perform a pilot project to date?

Photo of Joy Banerjee
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Hi Charles .

Thanks for taking the time out to read our project , we had started working on our project plan since March 2018 and after our initial survey and ground work we identified a suitable location to begin the proposed pilot plant operations at Dullapally village in Telangana State of India and also consulted Agri manufacturers to design the customized model of our requirements. As per our project plan , we can be ready for operations once we meet our near target investment capital funds to avoid landing at a hotchpotch situation at a later stage relying completely on investors/financial Institutions /bankers. we would prefer to meet the safety bar of sufficient funds in hands to build , operate and run it successfully without risking our operations halfway through. It requires timely flow of investments to be made for at least one year of operations to yield moderate returns to our investors/partners. We are submitting our pitch and making all possible efforts to reach potential funding agencies to evaluate our business model which has a least risks involved with a scope to solve magnitude of multiple problems utilizing these Agri wastes as a resource.
thanks

Photo of Charles Zulanas
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Thank you for your response. It adds additional clarity. I had thought based on your expertise in the sector that you had been working on this project for the last 5-7 years. I did not realize that you had been developing the idea since March 2018, so you have made some great progress in developing your idea already and securing partnerships! It's very impressive!
You have the right idea by submitting for grant funding first; though, based on your comment, it seems like you will be able to do this project even without grant funding because you will be able to obtain funding from investors/partners for giving partial stake in your company and paying back a return or you can receive loans from banks and pay back the interest.
I really like your idea because of its intersection between making useful goods for a profit while eliminating waste/pollution. It seems like it could be a very sustainable effort. With your team, you should be successful! Best of luck in the future!

Photo of Joy Banerjee
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Dear Mr Charles ,

Thank you once again for your support and we will do our best , Yes ,our project idea is new but I had an opportunity to work with Government of India Organization handling Rural/Urban Governance & e governance sector for India- where I had advocated , scouted and replicated various innovations / practices all over the country.

We are open to connect with right investors but its very uncertain , that's the reason we have applied at Bride builder Challenge to take off our project as per plan and we are confident that this would be a self sustainable business model within few years without any further requirement of funding support.

Thank you.

Photo of Charles Zulanas
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Hi Joy Banerjee . I'm flattered that you would like to add me to your team. I like the new user experience map, which more clearly shows the business cycle. My feedback is similar to Nick McGirl in that starting small with your business effort, but deeply engaging those you are working with would be a great way to start to avoid any problems in the future. I would recommend selecting one state, either Telangana or Andhra pradesh, to begin your pilot, and then seeing if that is successful. This will help you to develop metrics, document, and showcase a successful use case. With it being a pilot project, it is important to understand the problems while small before you scale and realize you are losing a lot of money that you could have saved with some proper testing. Afterwards, you can expand from there. Good luck!

Photo of Joy Banerjee
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Hi Charles , Absolutely correct , I agree with your points and we have a plan to begin the pilot project production unit in the state of Telangana and when the demand and production would rise we will move on for collection centers from nearby regions of Andhrapradesh bordering the state of telangana. We are flexible with the options accordingly as usually Andhra Pradesh regions crop grown are in three ecosystems and most of telangana regions are with two seasons. Thanks very much.

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Dear Joy,

Very powerful idea, congratulations! As this is essentially dependent on a widespread 'mindset shift' around the use of crop residues, I would be interested to hear more about how you approach the issue of the necessary large scale attitude-behaviour change for this to hit scale. I am also interested in if (and if so, how) beneficiaries are playing a genuine role (being co-creators, rather than 'just' consulted in this initiative from the beginning.
As a disclaimer I have very little technical knowledge or understanding of the field but I would urge extreme geographic focus in the beginning for a prototype / pilot phase (working with one small community and very deeply engaging local stakeholders in the design and refining before thinking about scale)

I also came across another entry in this challenge with a similar theme below! focushttps://challenges.openideo.com//challenge/bridgebuilder2/beneficiary-feedback/developing-rural-livelihood-and-reducing-carbon-emissions-through-decentralized-biomass-upgrading.


I also came across another entry in this challenge with a similar theme below! focushttps://challenges.openideo.com//challenge/bridgebuilder2/beneficiary-feedback/developing-rural-livelihood-and-reducing-carbon-emissions-through-decentralized-biomass-upgrading.

Photo of Joy Banerjee
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Dear Nick ,

Many thanks for your inspiring message and your feedback helps us to improve with better solutions.

I believe there is a challenge to change the behavior practice especially for uneducated people / tribal regions of the community and it is possible when they will realize the benefits with an opportunity to generate income from these crop residues and for the environment , I think that learning based training programs and awareness generation do not highly motivate the community to adopt better practices till the community farmers get to see the real benefits and to overcome this barrier our project model is looking on core issues how to empower the community by saving the environment and effectively create more opportunities in eco business industry and once the community get the benefits with an employment and income things are likely to change without much efforts . Rural communities especially farmers/laborers has a very little scope to generate a secondary source of income and when there will be an opportunity for them to sell or produce things out of crop wastes this will give them an occupation that will feed them for their lifetime.

After my recent meeting and interactions with the farmers community , I am very surprised with their response and its inspiring us to move faster to start up our project sooner as I have been contacted by farmers community a couple of days ago from nearby region of Kurnool district and they are keen to know more about our project and willing to join in this project venture , they have personally paid a visit and I have discussed the project details with them and they have agreed to work with us initially as a waste collector from Kurnool district and requested for guidance for operations including the cost per acres /tonnes for agriwastes. I further see that it has a great scope to scale and transform things at a faster rate including a mind set change in the community , currently as there are no suitable alternative options available with farmers other than feeding these wastes for livestock's but mostly it goes wasted without any benefit to the community.

Our project model and Mr Kevin's Project model has few similarities but our major focus is on collection of Paddy straws and producing eco friendly products from Paddy wastes , Corn and Crop wastes and empowering the farmers to produce products by themselves , our last option for these wastes from other crop leaves and plants wastes remains for Pyrolysis - Bio Char facility for soil fertility. I have gone through the idea of Mr Kevin's project and I believe they are focusing more on Coconut shells for Charcoal production.

Agri wastes of Paddy Straws , Corn straws , Bagasse and other Crops straws will be collected and segregated according to its utilization productively , other wastes generations of other crops of plant & dry tree leaves will be used for Bio feritilizers /Bio Char for soil fertility. Our idea is to maximise the production usage of Crop residues to manufacture eco products and minimize the use of these Agri wastes for Energy sectors for the primary reason being that energy sectors using Biomass briquettes can be utilized only once and its not that evironment friendly whereas producing goods from Agri wastes can be either recycled again or completely disposed off with nature as its biodegradable.

There are no major competitors in Agri waste collection sectors in the country and I feel this as an opportunity for us to work out effectively to scale at a large scale involving more partners/stakeholders. We can see the interests from the community farmers without us being fully operational at the moment with an overwhelming response. it is likely to transform things at a faster rate. We are initially focusing on Telangana and Andhra Pradesh regions both highly Paddy producing states with one production unit -Phase 1 to produce Garbage & carry bags , fashionable hand bags , egg trays , disposable plates /cups , mats , Bio-Fertilizers and Bio Char Pyrolysis facility. Next Phase II - we are working with our team Mr Srinivas Babu ( Mechanical Engineer) for technical feasibility Bio Plastics production unit. We would like to Parallel y continue working with interested stakeholders/partners from other states/countries for setting up production units with low stake and support them with hand-holding assistance.

Thank you .

Photo of Christina Schwanke
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Joy Banerjee 

I am so glad you commented on my idea because it led me to read yours. This is actually something on a small scale my husband and I are fairly passionate about implementing in our own home. Waste is such a huge epidemic and it really bogs things down. Growing up in a rural community you didn't just throw things away when they broke, you fixed them or repurposed them. Fallen trees are a source of heat. Food scraps compost into fertilizer. I can definitely visualize how utilizing the waste could improve the economy. What community would your first pilot effect? Your answer above seems to incorporate many countries? Logistically how would you scale that quickly?

Christina

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Hi Christina ,

Thanks for your response , We would like to begin initially with a pilot project in two neighboring states located in Southern region of India (Telangana & Andhra Pradesh)as you are aware , paddy crops are seasonal and the logistics operation calenders will be scheduled accordingly , we have chosen two states to cover for economical logistic operations, The similar procedure will follow for other neighboring states of Westbengal , Odhisha , Punjab & Haryana. The challenge in this project is collection and distribution we have worked out to deploy battery operated vehicles for collection from pick up points according to feasibility and availability of stock. The Agri waste will be collected in powdered form and this occupies less space and we will also collect wastes in raw forms depending on the requirements. We have also worked out to deliver free Innovative cheap cutters for farmers who would be committed to supply minimum quantity on timely manner . There is a plan to deploy two more large vehicles trucks which will be used for longer distances upto 300kms. we have received a positive response from farmers communities and our partners both in India and in other countries . International operations will begin its operations within 6 months with small scale units in two provinces only. The best part in this is its easy to scale up faster due to low cost of investment and mostly not dependent on one supplier but all individual farmers becomes your suppliers . thanks

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Joy Banerjee 

Thank you for your response. We seem to have a similar scaling game plan. After talking to the urban companies (one side of our end users) they are requesting we scale in a similar fashion. I'm sure we are in a similar boat of wanting to scale quickly and efficiently due to the impact you believe your project will have on rural lives.
Christina

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Hi Christina ,

Thank you Christina , Very happy to hear from you , It's great to share our views which helps us all to learn from each other , There are challenges involved at initial stages to reach the authorities and farmer communities in villages to streamline the logistical operations but things would scale up faster due to the design of incentives involved for their wealth from these wastes. I think Agri waste are being under utilized worldwide and there is a room for improvement to use these wastes for many other commercially suitable applications other than biomass briquettes industries.

Please do keep writing with your valuable suggestions. thanks .

Photo of Anubha Sharma
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Dear Joy,
It was wonderful reading about your project, you are addressing several very crucial issues which need immediate attention. Rural development and farmers have been an ignored lot in our country and need all the support they can get. It would be great your enterprise and more like yours can reverse the migration to urban sectors. The migrants live in terrible conditions in overcrowded cities and would love to stay/return home if enough employment and income generation opportunities can be created. My best wishes to you.

Photo of Joy Banerjee
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Dear Anubha Sharma Ji ,

There are not enough words to describe about the noble work which your Organization Angel Express are undertaking after reading your project and all I can say" HATS OFF " to you , your team members , supporters , partners ,donors organizations and all those people who are involved supporting behind your noble mission. It needs a strong commitment and a passion to help the unfortunate poor children. I wonder if Angel Express could think of replicating a similar model by sharing your experiences in other countries for Slum children in countries like Mexico , Africa , Phillipines , UK , N/S Americas etc . As you rightly mentioned the number of migration from rural areas are causing expansion of slums in urban cities and creating opportunities in rural areas will certainly impact in further expansions of these slums.

I wish you and your entire team with good luck for this noble mission and will try to spread and put forward our words to support your mission .

Photo of Anubha Sharma
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Dear Joy,

Thank you for your kind words, we are only too happy to share our format with anyone who cares to adopt it, in fact it will please us no end if the idea was used to benefit children around the world,

Photo of Aline SEJOURNE
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Hello Joy,
Congratulations on your project and wish you luck! I love how your project would turn a challenge into many opportunities to address agri community's problem holistically. In Indonesia, we're exploring agri waste as an alternative material to help to produce better quality bricks. The brick-making industry in most part of Indonesia are still in traditional way and mostly use wood to fire brick. If that's relevant in your project geographic context in India, maybe worth to explore.

Photo of Joy Banerjee
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Hi Aline ,

Many thanks for your feedback as it helps us all , Your project on bricks producing sounds great to empower the livelihood of rural community but as you are aware Indonesia , India and many other countries are still using the old practices of wood as a traditional fuel for firing bricks , I think we all should discourage this traditional practice of using wood for firing bricks and start advocating with an alternative energy source available today to use Electric Kiln firing Bricks technology. ( 100% environment friendly with a low cost energy bills).

We all can understand that large brick manufacturers will be able to afford this technology with a cost ranges from 2000 USD/per set. The problem is with small scale brick producers they may not be able to immediately afford this technology but in the mean time they need to be advised to develop a method of firing bricks with sustainable fuels, so that everyone can make their own bricks at a very low cost, using environmentally friendly methods, and build themselves a more durable house.

Agri residues if directly used for firing bricks is not an environment friendly option .the best way I can think of is to work with more environmentally friendly charcoal production system using a low-cost retort-kiln (Eco-charcoal) Eco charcoal/ Biochar which will cause less damages to environment.

I wish you good luck for your project and we should all work together no matter who will be finalists as I find all 55 shortlisted participants have great ideas with an innovative ways of solving problems. Please do keep us posted with your views and we hope to work together in some point of time in future. Thanks with regards , Joy

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You have a really great team on board with this project and I am really impressed with the combined approach, incorporating the hard sciences and the social sciences. Congratulations on your important work!

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Dear Ms Marnie Glazier ,

Thank you so much for your feedback and I really do hope that people will realize one day how crucial it is to empower the farmers worldwide who feeds many but struggles for their own living.

After having read your excellent concept carefully to foster and cultivate a sustainable arts ecosystem , I got connected with your Innovative artistic visions and narrative-based understandings with a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling and community work, which can center people with an understanding in ways that scientists and academicians will not be able to do so to live more responsibly on this planet.

My best wishes for your ongoing project . thanks Joy

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Hi Joy, this is a really interesting initiative. I can also see this bringing new jobs to rural areas as the eco-production side grows. We work in Cambodia (Pursat, Kratie, Kampong Chhnang) and are interested in ways of improving livelihoods for people with disability.

Have you given thought to where production of the products would occur? Is it at a local community level or in larger manufacturing sites?

Also do you have a specific product that could be used to pilot the process before investing in tooling for the full range of products you have mentioned in your application?

Thanks
Andrew

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Hi Andrew ,

Thanks very much , As I had met group of Agriculture communities in Battambang Province , Prey Veng and Khampong cham and it would be great to have your cooperation to work together to make our common goal a success. Initial Pilot Production facility will be located at our stakeholder farmer's land as a common point to procure and manufacture the desired products from nearby villages. Every major Agri waste producing district/Province of (Corn , Rice ,Cassava , Bagasse) will have one production unit facility depending on the volume of Crop residues generated in two or three seasons. More stakeholders will be invited to start a scale production business and we will provide them handholding assistance for the process. The associated farmers from district /Province will work for collection and storage at common point. if you have noticed in rural areas of Battambang and Prey veng province most of Paddy residues are wasted except the husks are being used for Rice mills , the major challenge is no market demand with high cost of transportation involved with a limited or no technology available to use it for commercial uses.

It would nice to meet you in my next visit and we could probably discuss in detail, please feel free to contact me by email at j.banerjee777@gmail.com.

I wish you good luck to you and your team .

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HI Joy,
Your idea is so fitting and probably it could benefit millions of jobless youths if widely adopted. In Kenya we have learnt and imported so much technology and practice from India, a country that has reasonably managed to cater for her huge a population. Paddy bags and baskets from agri-waste could perhaps work for us in Kenya if simple technology was available to us especially in schools. Can corn stover be used and secondly, is it possible to propagate such technology in schools to make students have future self-employable skills? I wish you all luck in your endeavor and thanks.

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Dear Mr Macheru Karuku ,

We are glad to have your feedback about our project and I thank you for your wishes. we truly believe these cheap resources of Agri wastes are not being utilized appropriately to directly impact wealth for millions of people all around the world as a secondary source of income , it will not only foster eco business but as you mentioned will also create employment in rural & urban areas.

it would be a great deal to share these skills with school children these learning skills will help them in their future careers and they can transfer these skills to their families and friends. Corn stover are ideal raw materials for making these products. As you are aware Corn stover & paddy straws are usually used for biomass /biofuel industries but it is very important to understand that Biomass /Biofuel consumption utility ends after its being used once and it cannot be recycled whereas manufacturing residues can be used for numerous other applications and it can be recycled again . In simple words the usage of these agri wastes should be used wisely & appropriately.

I would also like to recommend through you to spread the message to students and farmers not to waste these agri residues but to use it by cutting and drying it in small pieces or in a powdered form and throw back into the field to preserve soil fertility and prevent against soil erosion its also works as a supplementary source of fertilizer . Corn stover are a good base having higher nutrients than most straws.

It is also advisable that by separating different parts of the stalk, corn stover can be used more efficiently for different purposes. For example, the rind of corn stover can be used as high-quality fiber to produce glazed paper, high strength corrugated paper, bags and packaging board, as well as plywood for construction. whereas the separated leaf and pith tissues with less fiber content can be used as feed . In this way, it is possible to improve the effectiveness of stalk utilization, increase associated income, and benefit the environment, thereby creating tremendous social and economic values. The corn stover can be dried under direct sunlight or kiln dried in good preservation without peeling.

Thank you once again and I also wish you all the best for moving your project idea into next phase.

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There are direct and indirect impacts by empowering the poor society with a secondary source of income which can help them to live a better life .