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Waste to Wealth to Health

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

OREGANO FARM FOODS Our venture tends to deal with reducing,reusing,recycling,recovering and managing the residue via integrated approach.

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

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

  • 1-3 years

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

WARANGAL,TELANGANA,INDIA is where our venture has been planned.The team hails from Kerala(Anjali) and Andhra Pradesh(Sreenu) respectively.

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


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

Warangal District,located in the northern region of the Indian state of Telangana spans over 1,304.05sqkm has been chosen as the site

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

The idea of shifting our focus to one of the most abhorrent topics as human beings define (waste) happened during our college days. We were active members of field visit trips and it pained our hearts to see the issue of waste being ignored. The amount of burden upon the Mother Nature to recreate herself shows the greed of man. We needed to nip it in the bud though it might be an enervating task. We came across the Waste management hierarchy theory that was widely accepted into societies elsewhere in the world. This inspired us into engaging with a municipality of Warangal,Telangana. As per the studies, nearly 300 metric tons of municipal solid waste (dry waste) was generated, out of which only 22 metric tons was recovered and processed for manure. Waste is indeed a by product of man’s deeds however it is often seen as a menace and done way with. Our idea is to work on the maxim “Waste to wealth to health”. We wish to seep into the lowest strata and magnify the cases wherein disposal is full on efficiency. We are looking forward to producing wealth from organic manure in the form of organic vegetables. The need to switch to healthier vegetables has grown exponentially as humans are falling prey to diseases (lifestyle and others).We as a team look forward on making agriculture a pesticide free zone by the utilization of the food waste that has loomed large since the past decade. We, Post graduates in Development Studies, would like to evolve as a positive influence on people into embracing nature. As Mahatma Gandhi had rightly said, “You need to be the change you wish to see in the world”, the issue waste that is looming large is often pushed into darker realms or mostly ignored.

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.

We would delve into organic farming and try to extract its benefit in order the serve the greater good. The initiative tries to inculcate the Sustainable Development Goals. Organic farming does hold an advantageous position on a longer run. Mission statement: Inculcating Waste management hierarchy into farming and thereby circulate vegetables as they are rather than coating them with chemicals making these look attractive. Where quality cannot take a backhand and customers are our first priority. Contentment and health go hand in hand. Vision statement: The necessity to look back has risen exponentially and achieving the goal of recycling, reusing,reducing,recovering and managing the residue: MSW [Municipal food waste] is what we plan to achieve Geographical location: Warangal district falls in the drainage basins of both Godavari and Krishna rivers. The river Godavari, the largest river in the peninsular India flows along the eastern boundary of the district in south easterly direction. Pedavaguand and Lakhnavaram are the two main tributaries of the Godavari.The entire district is divided into 58 minor basins. Research by National Institute of technology, Warangal shows that since 2017 nearly 300 tons of garbage is generated on a regular basis . It is frequently dumped into Urusgutta and often ignored. Nearly 40% of the waste could be composted and 20% recycled or reused.However the Municipal Food Waste has grown exponentially beyond limits to contain. Single liner system that segregates waste has been in existence however the menace of waste still continues.Our venture would use all sorts of waste and would ensure that MSW would gradually reduce accumulating. Our venture would look into the establishment of SECONDARY TRANSFER STATIONS AND CAPPING THE EXISTING DUMP YARDS. The venture tends save land resources, money and labour through an integrated approach taking waste as the base of the solution . The barren lands and landfills where waste is usually dumped will be utilized in transforming waste to wealth. Landfills are mostly methane producing sources and doing away with this would reduce the ecological breakdown and disorder in the food chain. Better environmental outcomes through an eco-friendly approach and recovery of waste is our maxim.Three locations have chosen to adhere to our needs to organic manure. A landfill which is no longer looked into is one among those. On an average it requires three to four weeks to develop good quality manure. Regular watering and turning could speed up the process. The frequency of our addition would be more often in comparison to the fertilizers to yield best results. Fertigation(Cultivation using fertilizers) Fertigation has proven to be harmful on a longer run and posterity could face grave dangers if not looked into. This is where our venture steps into. The venture promises to serve the greater good through economically viable means.

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

“Environment is a sacred legacy bequeathed from divinity” As the oft quoted adage goes, We,as a team, strongly believe that it is indeed high time that we wake up from slumber and act immediately. The waves created by Greta Thunberg and Divina Maloum have left all of us in thoughts with regard to our future. Waste management hierarchy tends to deal with organic food waste and compost. The venture prioritizes actions that protect the environment through an integrated approach .The farming techniques would be encompass the natural ways of doing and looking at things .We would delve into organic farming and try to extract its benefit in order the serve the greater good. The initiative tries to inculcate the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Organic farming does hold an advantageous position on a longer run. At the moment wherein we are on the zenith of technological advancements like artificial intelligence, we are falling at nadir when it comes to farming practices or even organic for that say. The accumulation of waste is a cause and consequence of human deeds. The Environment day of 2018 had the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” with the host country, India stressing upon the need to ban plastic. Plastics have become an inevitable part of human life. Waste generation has increased manifold times. We need to focus upon the necessity to deviate from the path that eventually harms the environment to protecting it. The natural way of living bestows upon man the opportunity to live life to the fullest away from pollution or contamination. At the moment wherein population is skyrocketing, the needs of a larger mass has to be dealt with. We need to ponder upon the idea of organic farming to receive better dividends and returns. Organic farming ensures the preservation of agricultural diversity as studies show that in the last decade alone, nearly 75% of the diversity was wiped out. It pains my heart to see that in countries like India wherein a pesticide like Endosulfan has been banned in over 63 countries continues to be used.

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

The market with regard to organic crops has over a decade grown exponentially. The needs of people to embrace nature in its truest form have expanded the need to address their necessities immediately. Switching to an entirety of crops that would be produced via organic methods is the need of the hour. Vision statement: The necessity to look back has risen exponentially and achieving the goal of recycling, reusing,reducing,recovering and managing the residue: MSW [Municipal food waste] is what we plan to achieve The manpower and necessary labour would be via the tribal women of Telangana and thereby providing them with employment. The venture would at first deliver the necessary services to the nearest neighborhoods. Hotels and stores that require immediate supply of vegetables followed by small scale orders for homes would be met with. Once it rolls out successfully, vegetables will be sold out in large scale within Andhra Pradesh. Based on the turnover and profit received , an application would be designed to cater to the needs of people across the country. Innovations that we try to delve into: 1)Primary Heath care centre 2)Active involvement in Mid day meal scheme 3)Supply to residential schools like Navdoya Vidyalayas, Physical education schools and colleges, Sainik schools and private residential schools/Eklavya residential schools 4)Supply via Cooperative stores and societies 5)Colour charts: Each colour depicting the nutritional value of the vegetable to be circulated in the form of pamphlets,brochures and leaflets Personal touches would include: a)Takeaways at the nearest gardens b)Classroom sessions on the necessity to switch to natural products c)Wholesome dietary plans by expert nutritionist and dieticians d)Boxes wrapped as gifts for loved and dear ones e)Herbs and spices to be handpicked as per preferences The targeted audience at the receiving end would be people of all ages who pester upon receiving good quality natural and organic vegetables but rarely do .On placing orders we would collaborate with government run institutions and SHGs to meet the demands of greater masses. Competition would be considered as a part of game as it is a method to improve our mettle. The competition has gone glocal and hence we would be taking it in our stride. This local neighborhood initiative would be focusing on conversion of food waste that is also received from backyards and thereby adding to the involvement of a larger mass.

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.

The platform solidifies the concept of a paradigm shift. Sustainability has evolved into a topic of prominence in the past decade. Declarations like Jummamej, Conventions of UN and Conferences related to Blue Economy have thrown light on instances wherein immediate action can be our only saving grace. This platform is conducive to harness our commitment towards Mother Nature. Waste management hierarchy is indeed a concept that is yet to garner support from people in India and we would like to utilize this platform to gain knowledge. The best minds in the variegated fields would be attending the conference and hence we can clarify our doubts and thereby expand our zone. Using waste as the base, we would like to throw light on the menace of garbage that is looming large. Waste generation, processing and recovery has been our major concern and we need better networks to succeed in our venture. This platform would provide a bigger and better canvas to the possibilities of making it a Pan India solution to irregular yields, decreased fertility etc.

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

Sustainability is an imminent topic of discussion. What requires our concern is how to ensure sustainability when more than half of the resources have already depleted of left the earth for good. Our local neighborhood initiative is a step to engage and evolve people in realizing the need to adhere to natural ways. The emphasis needs to shift from a technology oriented progress to an agriculture driven economy.The issues of Eutrophication, Desertification, Elimination of niche, Biomagnification cannot be ignored. We would be throwing light upon the fact that more that 60% of the waste generated is ignored[ 300 MT generated : 22 MT processed]. Hence prime importance would be on reducing the large margin. The Sugama vehicles (as we named it) would be designated to look into proper disposal of waste into the defined outlets. Mechanisms adopted to ensure successful agricultural output recovery. a)Kharif (summer) and Rabi (winter) crops would be grown to ensure the utilization of nature’s bounties and serve the necessary b)Rain water harvesting : To ensure water stability and prevent depletion of ground water c)Frequent checks on stubble burning practices and intensive agriculture d)Organic weed management : It deals with suppressing rather than completely nipping those in the bud thereby proving nutrients e)Ecological intensification’ of crop production systems : Utilization of ecological services provided by nature f)Soil testing in association with agricultural institutes and universities g)Crop rotation : To ensure fertility and not depreciating the land of its natural essence Our venture would use all sorts of waste and would ensure that MSW would gradually reduce accumulating. Our venture would look into the establishment of secondary transfer stations and capping the existing dump yards.

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Hi Anjali Anjie 

Welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community! Thank you for sharing your Vision about the sustainable and organic food system in Warangal, India.

Since the Prize asks you to imagine the food system in 2050, we encourage you to think more about vision than solution. How might you evolve your Vision to make it more inclusive and systemic for your local food system and its numerous stakeholders? Could you also explain how your Vision will address the six interconnected themes: Economics, Diet, Technology, Policy, Culture and Environment in an integrated way in your place?

Your Vision will be designed specifically for Warangal, we encourage you to learn more about the needs, aspirations, motivations, and challenges of the place and its people and bring the top insights together to your Vision.

You can find some guiding principles and inspiration in the Vision Prize Toolkit in Chapter 2 under Tools of Transformation:

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.