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Embryonic Agriculture

We at Biofit is leading in production of healthy clean and sustainable food through our new technology of embryonic agriculture.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Biofit feeds limited

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.

Not applicable

Website of Legally Registered Entity

https://www.biofit.co.ke

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

  • 1-3 years

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

Kisumu City

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Kenya

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

Kendu bay, a small rural town in western Kenya, it covers approximate 10,000Km^2. Lake Victoria takes one third of the total region size.

What country is your selected Place located in?

Kenya

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I was brought up in this region, I started my primary schooling and Secondary schooling before visiting Nairobi for my college studies. Growing up as a small kid, I saw the kind of suffering our communities went through whenever starvation hit our region due to drought.

This region is bordered by lake Victoria and from my teenage, I saw water hyacinth claim territory of the lake depriving our community from their livelihood. At one point I lost my cousin who got trapped for 2 days in water hyacinth and drowned in lake water while struggling to get out of water hyacinth while doing fishing.

My grandfather had 2 ha of land which he distributed to his 5 sons and my father got less that a quarter piece of land which he was to distribute among his 14 children. This means the inheritance land from my father could not be enough for all of us. In addition this land is not productive and no valuable agriculture can be carried out of it.

While in college I longed to go back home and impact lives of people in my society that suffers from hunger, and those riparian communities that suffers when water hyacinth invades Lake Victoria. Since our lands is not productive, I have been researching in alternative ways of food production system. My past experience in research made me adopt hydroponics technology for our society. I have also done other smart food production technologies such as Azolla culture technology.

In finding solutions to water hyacinth menace I developed Aquaprotein, a clean animal feed produce from water hyacinth. With this we employed majority of fishermen along the lake. However we faced difficulty in penetrating market with this product. Since it was designed from non food material. We later launched our latest technology of Embryonic Agriculture, producing Embiom clean food which has been tested in Kenya market.

With this product we intend to provide clean affordable food to our society, we will minimize hunger, malnutrition and food borne disease in Africa.

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.

Kendu bay is inhibited by the Luo people of Kenya. Luo people are river lake Nilotes and second popular tribe in Kenya. The Luo culture from past were removal of six lower teeth. Luo has produced world known leaders like the former United president Barrack Obama.

Luo people are known for fishing and their love for fish and big life style. This is evident as they settle to stay a long Lake Victoria. The region delicacy is fish and Maize flour ( called Ugali in Kenya). With Luo people big life style, Luo people are known to drive huge vehicles and extravagant spending.  Their main economic activity have been fishing but with reduced fish population in the lake, they have adopted to mixed farming. The climate of the region has been warm and dry most the times since the past. Though currently with climate change they experience rains.

The luo people are known to have good grasp of the queens language that is English. Besides this they speak fluent Luo which is their native language. Some of the social activities done by Luo people include, wife inheritance, respect to the dead and living in one home stead. Traditionally they believed in Nyasaye as their god before Christianity and could ask their god for rains and blessings in shrines and under sacred places. One common thing is that Luo people have remained united speaking only one language, though with small deviation from intermarriage with Bantus and produced the Abasuba.

Urbanization is slowly taking over in this region and modernization has made people to practice modern farming technologies. A lot of farmers now practice aquaculture fish ponds where they grow tilapia. They also do subsistence farming of growing maize, sugarcane and sorghum. With modernization the people have dropped their past traditions. Unfortunately, they have been published badly to be trading fish for sex along the Lake.

This region has been influence negatively through drought and climate change and hit by serious hunger and starvation. Agricultural technologies of irrigation scheme and fish ponds brought a lot of hope to the residents. But become too expensive and lack of proper management led to their deaths. With rise of this region population, change in their feeding patterns, Biofit is here to meet their demand by supplying them with sustainable clean foods.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

10000

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

30000

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

Urbanization has drastically increased over few years globally. In recent years not later than 1990, it is said that only 1% of world’s population lived in urban areas. Currently over half of world’s population live in urban areas.  And it is projected that in 50 years coming, the population in urban areas are expected to exceed two thirds of the world population.

Cities and urban centers though has great economic and societal developments, they still experience challenges in sustainably feeding their communities and reduce opportunities to produce their own foods.

Climate change have a considerable impact on the environment, food production and consumption. Acid rains, depletion of arable land area/biodiversity, eutrophication, leaching of resources, energy and water are examples of what climate change has done to our environments.’

Climate induce these lethal changes to world productivity, trade and consumption and eventually prices of consumable goods doubles. These make life very unbearable for humanity and reports of death caused by starvation has been reported in world continents such as Africa.

By the year 2050 it is projected that food systems will need to sustainably and nutritiously feed over 10 billion people and 80% of the world’s food will be consumed in cities and urban areas.

 The solutions to ensure that everyone in the world can access to themselves healthy foods, has met serious challenges of; which foods are we consuming? How are the foods produced and processed? And lastly how are the foods delivered to consumers?

Most of food production systems have been corrupted and the rise of chemicals, non-communicable food-borne diseases in foods has taken another angle. Besides this leading in climate change it is quite in order to say worlds’ nutrition and health has been compromised. This eventually led to lose of opportunities, jobs, livelihoods and the future sustainability of our planet is in question.  

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

With food systems evolving in response to rapid changes in our population taste, urban areas are significantly influencing what and how we eat. Our new technology “Embryonic Agriculture” aims to provide a new way of sustainable production, and healthy foods for all.  In realization of this, Biofit feeds has released the fast product “Embiom” a protein food produced from Embryonic Agriculture in plants. In the near future, Biofit is proving clean foods produced from animal embryos.

We are at the top of  reducing hunger, Malnutrition and food borne diseases to world Population. It is projected that by the year 2050  food systems will need to sustainably and nutritiously feed over 10 billion people and 80% of the world’s food will be consumed in cities and urban areas.

 The solutions to ensure that everyone in the world can access to themselves healthy foods, has met serious challenges of; which foods are we consuming? How are the foods produced and processed? And lastly how are the foods delivered to consumers?

Most of food production systems have been corrupted and the rise of chemicals, non-communicable food-borne diseases in foods has taken another angle. This eventually led to lose of livelihoods and the future sustainability of our planet is in question. 

With food systems evolving in response to rapid changes in our population taste, urban areas are significantly influencing what and how we eat. Our new technology “Embryonic Agriculture” aims to provide a new way of sustainable production, and healthy foods for all.  In realization of this, Biofit feeds has released the fast product “Embiom” a protein food produced from Embryonic Agriculture in plants. In the


Objectives

  • To provide affordable access to healthy foods
  • To reduce hunger, Malnutrition and food borne diseases to world Population 
  • To reduce carbon emissions during food production

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.

Our solution aims at  reducing hunger, Malnutrition and food borne diseases to world Population.   Biofit feeds is Africa pioneer in production of clean healthy foods. We started in 2017 by producing our first product "Aquaprotein" a clean animal feed produced from invasive water hyacinth plant. This protein is sold locally in Kenya as livestock feed to smallholder farmers and even feed industries. With this technology,  we adopted circular economy by turning water hyacinth waste in Lake Victoria into sustainable animal feed product. Water hyacinth weed is a menace, to the lake and riparian communities. The water hyacinth had covered over 200,000 ha in Lake Victoria.  Causing problems such as; reducing fish population in the lake, hindering fishing and transportation and contaminating the lake waters. In  2019 Biofit harvested over 100 tons of fresh water hyacinth processed as  sold to customers as a clean animal feed.  We faced slight resistance to penetrate the market with this feed product. We decided to research on alternative means of clean food production. And today, with the spirit of producing clean foods, Biofit has launched a new product "Embiom" clean food produced from a new technology "Embryonic Agriculture.'This the first ever technology proven by Biofit feeds of increasing the mass of embryos since embryos are made of living cells. Once the increase in mass and weight has been achieved the embryos are processed and packaged as clean food. With this technology, no land is required to produce and time taken to produce food is reduced. This means we will provide access to affordable food, reduce hunger, malnutrition and food borne diseases. At the same time we will reduce emissions in foods and environments during production.

We have a simple business model where by we doubles the weight of farm produce in a simple controlled room within 7 days. So it means we sell extra weight to our customers.

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

Our target market for clean foods is categorized in 2 sectors. First.,Aquaprotein is target for over 1000 animal feed millers and distributors in Africa and beyond. Having sold this protein to the animal feed  distributors we are certain that million of smallholder and large scale livestock farmers will get access to affordable animal feeds. 

Secondly, the Embiom from embryonic agriculture will be sold to food processing industries in Africa and beyond. Will also supply supermarkets and food stores in Africa with Embiom clean food. Eventually, our clean food will reach billions of world population especially those that access affordable healthy foods in urban and rural centers. 

In conclusion, our target market is billion of global population who need healthy and affordable food and feeds for their animals. Currently we sold over 100 tons to clients in East Africa, especially Kenya with good attractions.

Over the last 3 years we have practicing direct sales to end users by selling them this clean foods. This was as result of penetrating the market and creating awareness to customers of the new products. Then we contracted food distributors who are currently stocking our products and selling to clients directly. We have also been able to reach some food and feed value re-sellers who buy our products in bulk for their formulation. To reach more clients we have been able to open one big processing unit in Western Kenya, and two stores close to our clients. 

We are getting our revenues from direct sales to our clients who pays on cash and credit. We are planning to upscale our production to at least 10 tons a day over the next 5 years. With this we will be able to penetrate other Africa markets and beyond through exportation of clean foods. This is achievable and realistic through partnerships we are involved in with global institutions.

Over the last 3 years of our operations in Aquaprotein product as clean animal feed from water hyacinth, one of the biggest challenge we faced was market acceptability. Since our product the aquaprotein was manufactured from water hyacinth which is not a feed material, clients were reluctant to buy our products due to unknown reasons. We also faced challenge of government regulations during trials to export of our Aquaprotein product to Thailand. The governement was not sure how to categorize the aquaprotein feed as an animal feed or water hyacinth feed which is not allowed to be transported. 

It is due to this challenges that we launched the new product Embiom produced through Embryonic agriculture. With this we are using a technology of increasing weight of what the customers have been using and selling it to the client. We are making money from sales of extra weight gained during our activation. Here our  biggest challenge is competition.

We are in cellular agriculture field of food production with small variation. Most of our competitors such as Memphis meats in California use cells derived from animals to create meat for our tables. Other Companies such as Clara foods have tried producing eggs without hen and Finless foods trying to prove concept of growing fish meat in laboratory without actually farming fish. 

We at Biofit feeds, we are bringing a new concept of Embryonic agriculture. Unlike our competitors who use animal cells harvested from animals and or micro-organisms and grow them in medias to produces meat foods. Biofit is using embryos derived from living organisms like plants, insects and even animals, activates the embryos to start growth process. An embryo is an early stage of development of multi cellular organisms. We then allow embryos to increase in mass and weight which takes shorter time and inexpensive as opposed to other cellular agriculture technologies.

With our technology of producing  clean foods to feed the world we want fill gaps of increase in urbanization, reduced farming lands, climate change and increase in world population. 

Our products Embiom and Aquaprotein are nutritious and is capable of solving worlds' malnutrition especially in Africa communities. With depletion of nutrients in our foods many people have suffered from malnutrition and deficiencies. Our technology ensures equality for all, where all should access healthy clean foods.    These products are affordable to customers and 1 kg of the product cost half less the market know foods like fish meal or soy meal. Customers using our clean foods are able to reduce their cost of production by 30% and boost their general production by at least 20%. 

Our products are organic and safe for both human and animal consumption. Most food production Companies are corrupted in their way of operations and cases of food borne diseases is high from foods. We are producing clean healthy food for all. 

With our technology of Embryonic agriculture we are reducing carbon emissions to our environment and saving the world from climate change.  Intensive crop and animal production in small farming lands has led to serious destruction of our environments with excess carbon emissions and green house effects. New technologies like ours are capable of cooling the environment while providing sustainable foods for all. First generation of food systems are not favorable global sustainability. Second generation of food production like ours is the future for world food production.

Our team is compost researchers, and our mission has been to provide quality clean food products at a competitive prices in an healthy environment. The origin of this technology is derived from my past experience while doing farm management at a dairy farm in Kenya. Cost of feeds for our farm animals were taking 70% of our total farm expenses and this was unacceptable.  I decided to research on alternative means of feed production. My first technologies of Hydroponics fodder and Azolla cultures proven good but not sustainable. Later I landed another job  at the university of Nairobi as  researcher. Studying water hyacinth menace in Lake Victoria I came to create value out of the water plant hence birth of Aquaprotein. Aquaprotein was designed from a team of bio technologists, crop and animal science researchers, Biofit was then formed. Finding different revenue streams for our Company we launched a new product Embiom from Embryonic agriculture.

With our 3 years in operation we have impacted many lives. We have provided direct and indirect employment to 15 youths and women in our operations. These people are paid salary and wages which means we have boosted their total income and livelihood. 

Within the 3 years of operation we have produced 1.5 M tones of clean affordable feeds sold to over 200 farmers in Kenya. With this we have been able to increase farmers income by 20%. 

Our first technology of aquaprotein manufactured from water hyacinth has impacted lives. We have involved 25 fishermen, who have been harvesting the water hyacinth weed from lake Victoria. These fishermen becomes idle and lack money whenever water hyacinth invades the lake. Us giving them job, adds their income as they can now fish water hyacinth whenever their fishing grounds is blocked. Still, the riparian communities can get access to clean water, and fish (food) whenever we remove the weed from the lake surface.

Our new technology Embryonic Agriculture aims at reducing carbon emission and green house effect to the environment. We have adopted clean way of producing clean food without excess of chemicals (fertilizers/sprays), drugs, energy, water and labour. The tractors and modern farming systems have highly polluted our environments and it is high time this is reduced. With our novel technology, we are at the front line of reducing climatic change as result of human activities through farming. 

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