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assure food continuity

lack of manpower to harvest and collect food from the fields: overstocked producers and loss of money

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The border closure as well as the new regulation has put at risk lots of fruit and vegetable  producers who could not find manpower (that usually come from abroad, from more poorer countries) to work on the fields, but also due to the generic stall situation the farmers could not find ways to sell their products. The farmer industry is made up of old mindset people, usually small realities and very disperse across the territory. 

Regarding the workforce the main issue is that the living condition and the salaries are usually low, need to address this maybe increasing the price of the workforce, hire temporary people, provide decent accommodation. 

What is the need are you focusing on?

shortage of food in the supermarket 

waste of food

reduce unemployement

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

- work on 2 different issues: workforce: create a website that put together demand and offer or even link it to government list of unemployment. Farmers can list location and time needed with the offered money fair working conditions of the employees need to be guaranteed, a more agile way of hiring need to be supported by government. The salary can be subsidies half from the government (would be the unemployment money) and half from the farmers. From the other side work on a website / way of uploading the food and veggie stock, maybe even via SMS so that gets very easy for everybody to use. Connect this to local supermarkets, chain across the territories. This create a platform easy to upload (ex via sms) where farmers can upload

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

all the community will benefit. food shortage will cause price decrease and waste of food is a massive concern also to reach the SDGs

What is your profession?

i work in a completely different field, sportswear industry. nothing related to my idea.

Where are you located (country)?

united arab emirates

Where are you located (region)?

  • Western Asia

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

i need somebody to implement the websites part and to develop the idea

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

government slowness / dispersity of farmers across the territory

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

not aware


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