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Growing Hydorponics hops for pharmaceutical brewery and cosmetics industry

Afri-Leap grows hop cones and process them into dried pellets or wet cones for ease of storage and transportation. The pellets are packaged

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Invisioned Digita Agency Pty Ltd.

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Presrve Botanica - Wanda du Plessis Jeremy Rich - Future Farms WIBC - Michael and Tina Magondo

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 3-10 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

South Africa

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

The Constitution Hill precinct is located at 11 Kotze Street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg near the western end of the suburb of Hillbrow. C

What country is your selected Place located in?

South Africa

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

The reason for placing my solution there is to introduce inner city urban farming. Inner city farming save on transport and shipping costs and empowers people to be self sustaining small holder farmers, in eco friendly sustainable way

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens.

There is perhaps no other site of incarceration in South Africa that imprisoned the sheer number of world-renowned men and women as those held within the walls of the Old Fort, the Women's Jail and Number Four. Nelson Mandela. Mahatma Gandhi. Joe Slovo. Albertina Sisulu. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Fatima Meer. They all served time here. But the precinct also confined tens of thousands of ordinary people during its 100-year history: men and women of all races, creeds, ages and political agendas; the indigenous and the immigrant; the everyman and the elite. In this way, the history of every South African lives here.

Constitution Hill is also a place of contrasts: of injustice and justice, of oppression and liberation. Our precinct is testament to the importance of preserving sites of atrocity for posterity, and also to recreating them so that they can serve the purposes of the present and serve to mould the future.

We offer daily tours of the precinct and conduct regular public events, enabling visitors from every walk of life to interact with our space. There are also a variety of venues on our site available to suit your every eventing need, from small private functions to large corporate conferences.

We invite you to explore our space, to experience it, to feel it. Touch our textured walls, read their graffiti, listen to their echoes, stride up the Great African Steps, stand in the highest court in our land, and learn what constitutionalism means in South Africa.

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Breweries need fresh, premium value, high quality hop yields, all year round either wet or dry in any climate delivered to their brewery.

The problem is that there are only 402ha of hop farm in SA, and the industry is in desperate need of innovation. Hops are degradable and only harvest once a year, they use tons of water, and energy.
With less water, less energy, less pesticide, no soil and a quicker grow time locally, Hops can and should be grown this way in the highveld using hydroponics as oppose to traditional farming methods

.Hops are grown using hydroponics. With hydroponic growing techniques, annual hops production is increased dramatically. Hydroponics allows for the precise dial in of the nutrients your hops plants are receiving. Afri-Leap grow hop cones of various varietals, process them into dried pellets or wet cones. Afri-Leap supply local and regional craft breweries. 

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Afri-Leap works to empower small holder farmers through an ‘empower to employ’ intiative which helps in imparting them with necessary skills and mentoring to utilize untapped urban spaces for hop farming.  

Hop Framing is done through hydroponics which utilizes less land and water. Which creates saving for a more beneficial profit-sharing model, where post-harvest revenues are split among farm Investors, employees and Afri-Leap is used.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Social Impact

- Implement the employ to empower skills transfer program  

- Empowering smallholder farmers with necessary resources and   mentoring to utilize untapped urban spaces for hops farming, and to expand operations in Africa

Environmetal Imapct

Hydroponics needs less land to grow plants, compared to traditional farming methods.  

-Less Water is Used.  
-Reduced Use of Pesticides and Herbicides.  
-With hydroponics, there is no weed growth because it takes time for plants to grow into hydroponic grow medium

Economic impact

Afri leap uses a profit-sharing model, where it splits the post-harvest revenues among farm Investors, employees and Itself.  

-Afri leap retains a 20% portion of those profits.   

-Investors can also directly invest in a variety of hop cultivar harvests. 

- Urban food production cuts down on shipping costs 

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Brewers of any size are no longer beholden to inclement weather and location. With even a 1200m/sq roll out Afrleap could offer a competitive advantage to supplying fresher and more local product straight from the bine to the brewery.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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nice project! all the best

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