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CURBING THE HIDDEN MENACE OF AGRICULTURE

Better farming practices and monitoring the quality of underground water in agricultural areas using GIS and remote sensing.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

This is to monitor quality of water percolating into the water table underground by creating awareness for farmers ,introducing better farming practices and constant aerial and satellite monitoring using GIS and remote sensing.
The idea is about maintaining quality of underground water table as this serves as a major source of water both for consumption and other uses. This in turn reduces cost of disinfecting polluted water which can be capital intensive for both human and industries.
The project is in stages; firstly, water samples are collected in a given geographic area, satellite image and data are collected, soil samples collected, farming practices and chemicals used on the farmlands are recorded.
 The second phase is analysis of chemicals used on the farm and its side effect on plant, type of soils in various areas analyzed, alternate biodegradable chemicals introduced for better farming practices, liason with the farmers' cooperatives in the area, detect and record polluted areas.
 The detected contaminated water table areas are constantly monitored and measures put in place to safely disinfect them.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are the farmers limited in finance to better farming practices and rural dwellers who don't have access to good quality water.

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

Our idea is unique from similar initiatives because the team consist of environmentalist, sociologist, farmer,GIS analyst, geographer, data analyst and business administrator. 80% are GIS software application users. This helps the team to work together by harnessing our strengths towards a common goal.
 Our approach will be successful because we have willing minds ready to explore further,good relationship and communication skills with people, added advantage of speaking other languages, access to data and good working computer systems.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

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

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

The organization is a new set up consisting of great minds ready to explore further.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

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

I started farming business in 2017 and as an environmentalist, I became conscious of the chemicals used on the farm. My team also were aware of the need for sustainable environment and good water, hence, the project was birthed.

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

The planet is the home for all and without good quality water, it will become inhabitable. Limited access to clean water has resulted in dispute and community clashes which promotes disunity amongst people.
The aim of this project is to initiate and improve cooperation among communities,create awareness of the need of joint efforts and also provide good quality water for all communities without creating disputes and improving prosperity.

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

The communities involved are cooperative farmers association, the youth leaders, research scientists from Forestry Research institute of Nigeria and Cocoa research institute of Nigeria. Media partner is Numuv Quest. Data sourcing from reputable institutions.

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

The community has surplus of young people and youth leaders ready to work and improve their living conditions.
The farmers are also willing and ready to incorporate better farming practices.

Geographic Focus

Rural dwellers and farm settlements in Oyo State and Ogun State, Nigeria.

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

The project which will be carried out in phases will be implemented within 5 months of commencement.

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

  • No

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Brilliant idea keep it up