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Solving the locust swarm challenge

Solving the locust swarm challenge by using DOME principle in Africa

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Anteneh Engineering

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

Website of Legally Registered Entity

https://contest.techbriefs.com/profile?user=89682

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

  • Under 1 year

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

Addis Ababa

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Ethiopia

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

Ethiopia

What country is your selected Place located in?

Ethiopia

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I am Ethiopian. I am citizen and residence of Ethiopia

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.

Ethiopia is landlocked country located in Eastern Africa. It borders Kenya, South Sudan, Somali, Djibouti and Sudan. Here are interesting facts about this African nation: Addis Ababa, the capital city, is the highest capital city in Africa, at 2,400 metres. Ethiopia is the second most-populous country in Africa, with a population of over 90 million people by 2015. It is second to Nigeria, which had a population of over 174 million people by 2013. Over 80 languages are spoken in this country. English is the language of instruction in institutions of higher learning. The most widely spoken local languages are Oromo, Amharic, Somali and Tigrinya. Allegedly, the Ark of the Covenant that holds the 10 Commandments is in a church in this country. However, only one man knows how true this is, and he is the only one who guards it. Ethiopia fought against the Scramble for Africa, and it is one of the few countries that were not colonized, though Italians occupied it for at least five years. Coffee was discovered in this country, in Kaffa region. A shepherd discovered this famous beverage when his goats ate the leaves and became restless. Ethiopia has a distinct alphabet. The oldest fossil of Early man was discovered here. Abebe Bikila, an Ethiopian, won Africa’s first Olympic gold medal, in 1960. About 70% of the mountains of Africa are in this country. Lake Tana in this country, supplies the Blue Nile River, which feeds the White Nile River before joining the Great Nile River. This country has been mentioned severally in the Bible and the Quran. Ethiopia has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa. The nine sites are Aksum, Fasil Ghebbi, Harar, Konso Cultural Landscape, Lower Valley of the Awash, Lower Valley of the Omo, Rock-Hewn Churches, Simien National Park and Tiya. The Ethiopian Calendar has 13 months and it is 7 ½ years behind the Gregorian calendar. New Year in Ethiopia starts on 11th September and a day later in a leap year. Ethiopia is the diplomatic capital of the continent, since it hosts the headquarters of Kenya African and international organisations such as the African Union, UN Economic Commission for Africa, UNESCO and UNDP. Ethiopia is one of the main destinations for tourists exploring the Horn of Africa. It has a beautiful blend of cultures and delicious exotic dishes. It has numerous airports to get you to any destination within the country. Among these key points of entry is Addis Ababa Airport, also known as Bole International Airport. Source: Jovago.com

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

105000000

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

As the global population continues to grow every year, so too does the demand for agricultural products. To continue feeding the world without damaging the environment is one of the greatest challenges faced by society, and can only be achieved by increasing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production.

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

Locusts eat plant material. They are a problem because swarming locusts will strip an area of its vegetation including the crops. Considering the world population is increasing exponentially , we can not afford to waste crop production: not even for small and middle farmers. The current management of the locust management is using pesticide which is an irresponsible way of quick fix because it will affect the soil chemistry of the crop land in the future. In developed countries they can manage quickly but in African countries it is different story. The simplest solution are mostly the best one and in this case covering the farm land using detachable DOME. Kenyan smallholders farm 0.47 hectares and in Ethiopia the average small farm size is 0.9 hectares. If the government manufacture a believable and detachable transparent dome that can be covered in matter of minutes and sells to farmers with cheap price they can minimize their loss economically. I have designed the mechanism already but I am really not interested in pursuing the implementation process because it probability involves convincing policy enforcers which I found very hard to break the bureaucracy. So, for the sake of keeping the flow of food alive someone with resource should contact me to build the prototype and solve this problem. https://www.herox.com/ideas/129-solving-the-locust-swarm-challenge-by-using-dome-p

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

Locusts eat plant material. They are a problem because swarming locusts will strip an area of its vegetation including the crops. Considering the world population is increasing exponentially , we can not afford to waste crop production: not even for small and middle farmers. The current management of the locust management is using pesticide which is an irresponsible way of quick fix because it will affect the soil chemistry of the crop land in the future. In developed countries they can manage quickly but in African countries it is different story. The simplest solution are mostly the best one and in this case covering the farm land using detachable DOME. Kenyan smallholders farm 0.47 hectares and in Ethiopia the average small farm size is 0.9 hectares. If the government manufacture a believable and detachable transparent dome that can be covered in matter of minutes and sells to farmers with cheap price they can minimize their loss economically. I have designed the mechanism already but I am really not interested in pursuing the implementation process because it probability involves convincing policy enforcers which I found very hard to break the bureaucracy. So, for the sake of keeping the flow of food alive someone with resource should contact me to build the prototype and solve this problem. https://www.herox.com/ideas/129-solving-the-locust-swarm-challenge-by-using-dome-p

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Thank you so much for the Food Extension Initiative.

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