To use aerospace technology to enable farmers grow more and safer food in harmony with the environment
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I was born on the shores of Lake Naivasha in a farming community and I saw how year after year, it became harder to grow crops profitably and in a sustainable way due to climate change
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.
Lake Naivasha is a fragile ecosystem with wildlife and water bodies as well as millions of smallholder farmers. To maintain the fragile ecosystem as well as promote the well-being of farmers new and sustainable ways of agriculture have to be championed including use of satellite imaging and drones to monitor farms and providing organic alternatives to chemical inputs
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
Climate change is making it harder for farmers to grow crops profitably and in a sustainable way. Moreover, the Lake Naivasha basin is a fragile ecosystem with thousands of species of wildlife that require the ecosystem to survive. With over 2 million farmers living within the ecosystem, it is important to advance new ways and technology to make agriculture more sustainable and providing farmers and their families with safe and nutritious food.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
We use satellite imaging, drone imaging and ground based sensors to provide farmers with insights such as when to plant, when to irrigate and when to scout for pests and diseases. Our crop models enable farmers to apply fertilizer at variable rates reducing the overall usage of chemicals on the fragile ecosystem
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.
People living around the lake ecosystem will be prosperous and happy. The soil, water and air will be clean. Farmers will have a good harvest without harming the environment which in turn will offer bio-diversity and diversified incomes through tourism.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Using precision agriculture technology and soil regenerative techniques, farmers yield will increase without a negative impact on the environment. Demand for food in urban areas has seen farmers use more and more chemicals to the detriment of their soil, their health and to the detriment of the flora and fauna around them. Precision agriculture and organic farming reduces the need for farming with chemicals. With higher yields, farmers can sell surplus produce to urban markets and have income and improved livelihoods. This together with supportive economic policy will result in healthier and happier communities living in a clean and healthy environment.