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Farm in a box

a farm in a customized shipping container with solar power to fuel the lights as well as the fans and the water pump. Zero carbon emissions.

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The farm in a box is an entirely off the grid farming initiative that can be used in the rural or urban areas to grow produce using 75% less area. The produce is independant of soil and pesticides. training, mentorship and coaching is provided to ensure sustainability. This solution is critical post corona virus as people have become conscious about the foods that they consume and the effect it has on their health and the environment. Further with the large number of people unemployed as a result of the lock downs people and businesses are looking for a business that can give them a tangible quick return on investment. This certainly fits the bill.  

What is the need are you focusing on?

There currently is no such initiative in Africa where the man of the street can make a difference. This initiative will also provide employment and quick turn round on investment for businesses. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

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

We are in the process of piloting the project in our Gauteng site. It will address the issue of carbon offsetting, off the grid farming. pesticide free organic farming.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

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

the farm in the box has multiple advantages. it will produce off the grid pesticide free organic food. it will create a new breed of urban farmers that will reduce the carbon emissions of fresh fruit and vegetables from farm to fork.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Sizanani and the initiative is called " FARM IN A BOX"

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

we serve the larger rural community in providing assistance during their time of need and in this interim providing them with community training and development towards self sustainability

What is your profession?

I am a businessman of 30 years of experience and community development

Where are you located (country)?

I have offices in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana with Ethiopia soon to follow.

Where are you located (region)?

  • Southern Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Activist/Community Leader/Organizer
  • Agriculture/Farming
  • Business/Consulting
  • Education
  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Food Services
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy
  • Social Work
  • Unemployed

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 11-49

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Funding- Investment

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.

we need the assistance of organisations that take what we have and have done and remould it into a an NPO that donors will wish to fund

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

our marketing budget and campaigns. also funding for the projects we wish to embark upon.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

its not easy without funding and a ton of research has to be done to ensure success of any project

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



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Photo of Kamal Parmesar Timmal

Thanks Isaac, We want to start with lettuce, spinach and micro greens. We will start with 2 * 40 foot containers. The cost per container "ready to go" is R350 000. I hope that you can assist

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