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50 Within 50

Participating schools will source 50% of their food within 50 miles and the other 50% is sourced within Australasia.

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50 Within 50 would be a program that all schools throughout Australia could participate in. Participating schools would have to source 50% of their food within 50 miles, and the other 50% within Australasia. There would be contests within the states and territories throughout Australia and there would be a conference held every year for the 50 within 50 program that all states and territories throughout Australia and potentially Australasia could attend to share stories, best practices, and build a stronger sustainable local community

Sourcing 50% of their food within 50 miles would help promote local farm production, local food, and local economic development. This would also support the local farmers who are likely parents of some of the children who attend the schools, promoting parent involvement in the school systems.

The other 50% of the school food would then need to be sourced within Australasia. This would help build deeper relationships with the local surrounding island nations and support local farms in communities abroad. This would help communities engage in cross-cultural connections and perhaps even evolve into study tours and student exchanges between the various countries and island nations.

Who might make a good partner for this project?

Enviropower - Bokashi ( State Government and Department of Education and Training in each state in Australia National Farmers' Federation (Australia) Federated Farmers of New Zealand Parents and Teachers Foundation for Young Australians Kitchen Garden Foundation Australia-Papua New Guinea Business Council Celebrities

What suggestions would you have for potential sources of funding for the development of this project?

Partners involved in 50 Within 50 (pooling money) World Bank (for Papua New Guinea, Fiji, etc.) International Development Fund (for Papua New Guinea, Fiji, etc.)

Virtual team

Amanda Rucker Liz Ogbu Kartik Chris Tobias Paul van Zoggel

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far

1. How effectively do you think that this concept reconnects food consumers and producers?

It would reconnect food consumers and producers strongly - 57.1%

It would somewhat reconnect food consumers and producers  - 28.6%

It would not significantly reconnect food consumers and producers  - 14.3%

2. How scalable is this idea across communities and geographies?

This concept can be scaled across many communities  - 42.9%

This concept will take a fair bit of work to build and scale - 42.9%

This concept is not particularly scalable  - 14.3%

3. How quickly could this concept be impactful? 

This concept could happen today - 0%

This concept could happen soon with some work - 85.7%

I struggle to see this happening in a reasonable timeframe - 14.3%

4. How original is this concept?

This concept is extremely original - 42.9%

This concept has some original aspects - 14.3%

This concept already exists - 42.9%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

This concept rocked my world – it’s brilliant - 42.9%

I liked this concept but preferred others - 0%

This concept didn’t get me overly excited - 57.1%


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This is definitely a great idea to help students understand what farmers really do. A country needs to be self sufficient and being able to supply 50% of your own country's consumption is something that is really remarkable.

In Singapore, we hardly have farmers. 90% of all our poultry are all imported from neighbouring countries leaving only a handful of farmers on egg production as well as hydroponics and some organic farms.

In the event of an epidemic, the country will be in chaos. Something airborne like Sars or serious cases of Bird Flu will bring the whole food supply chain into chaos.

I'm hoping that the Government of Singapore will realize that and start reducing the dependency on importing food by such a high percentage. We also know we could not really be sure of food coming from other countries especially after so many incidents of toxic chemicals found in Taiwan and China. Maybe we should start to promote and attract agricultural farmers to start this dying trade by giving incentives (funding farming machinery) and low rentals.

Edmund Ng

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