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Rural Innovation Competition (For Farmers Only)

Let farmers solve their problem by themselves.

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The major portion of the food loss occurs at farmer stage, as many farmers reported that sometimes over 50% of their produce goes to compost. Every year, many organizations tries to solve the food problem by starting open innovation competitions where people around the world suggest their ideas and still the food loss is 30% to 40% this is the problem we are solving here.

The Idea could seems obvious, but this Idea was developed by research and observations and ground realities. I am from rural background and in University of Agriculture Faisalabad we are developing better agriculture techniques but i experienced that in cities we might solve the rural problem but practically, rural farmer do not adopt the technology or innovation, unless the innovation is developed by themselves.

That’s why I am introducing an innovation Idea competition for rural farmers, it is not only the competition but also a tactical mind game idea that could result in better innovation solutions and quick innovation adaptation by rural farmers where the most of the agriculture exist.

No doubt that competition can boost the way of thinking but when the competition is conducted at a place where the major portion of problem exist can solve problem dramatically, most of the rural farmers do not have internet even if they have, they don’t have proper electricity if they get electricity, then it is very rare that they could find food security innovation competitions, to conduct it properly, competition organizing company should allocate their communication centers at mostly effected villages.

This Idea can reduce food waste from 40% down to 10% if conducted globally.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Every year our University conduct Innovation competition for native students, which results in extraordinary impact and solutions for native problems, this can be considered as experimental unit for rural innovation competition for native people

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We need want OpenIDEO community to pinpoint the flaws in the idea and Financial support to our competition organising NGO

Tell us about your work experience:

I am the student of Master's student degree in Agriculture and i like to work with my father, he is the director of Agricultural Extension department at University of Agriculture Faisalabad

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  • An Individual

How far along is your idea?

  • It’s just been created! It’s existed for 1 day - 1 month

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