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It's out with the old and in with the new: FarmEd Field Development Fiji February Monthly Goals.

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Zoe Cahill
Zoe Cahill | Jan 30, 2018 | in Knowledge Base

FarmEd: Field Development Test (February 2018)

 

Stage of Business:

FarmEd is a unique technology-based, consultancy service and permaculture farming design that brings agricultural expertise to smallholder farmers, to create a food supply chain that is smarter, more efficient and more profitable.

 

We are in the startup phase. Specifically focusing on the build-measure-learn feedback loop, we hope to gain insight into two aspects, to prove that we have the ability to build a customised blueprint that yields 100/kg of crop, per day for 300 days of the year:

1.     To prove that crop outputs draw additional revenue that leads to increased income when farmers are entering product into our prescribed supply chains (by working out the unit economics of the 1-acre plot) and;

2.     To prove that the 1-acre plot can yield 100/kg of crop, per day for 300 days of the year.

 

Sustainable Development Goal:

FarmEd is aiming to solve goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

 

Goal:

·       Test and evaluate the viability of 4 drainage systems.

·       Test and evaluate the viability of 3 organic pesticide methods.

·       Test and evaluate the viability of 3 organic weeding solutions.

·       Test and evaluate the viability of 4 different blueprint designs.

·       Connect with and work on the plot with 3 students from FNU/USP.

·       Develop a system to respond to failing crops

·       Develop a working metric system that will allow the teams to measure and observe plants more accurately

 

Overview:

Throughout the month we will be working extremely closely with the MA and PoC team to ensure that we are taking a holistic approach to completing FarmEd wide goals, as well as our own individual goals. The month will feature a lot of experimentation of drainage systems, blueprint designs and weeding and pesticide solutions. This will occur at both Sigatoka and Ranadi plot. Following the implementation and research into these options, we will perform an evaluation of each and then choose which are the most suitable options for our work here in Fiji. Additionally, due to the lack of consistent and efficient methods to measure and observe crops that are germinating and developing an action pathway to mitigate this, we will be investigating and looking to adapt systems that will provide us with solutions to address these issues. Lastly, there is a lot of untapped potential in the students here in Fiji and it would a great opportunity to get them on board and work with them throughout the month.  



Likely Tasks:

·       Sourcing seeds

·       Sourcing equipment and any assistance

·       Working on the plot

·       Soil Maintenance and assessment

·       Ploughing, digging, fencing, sowing

·       Compost heaps

·       Deliver Workshops in conjunction with FarmEd Consultants

·       Continue work on the how to guide started by previous team

·       Ranadi

·       Maintaining

·       Gathering data (soil, crops, weather)

·       Working out unit economics

·       Continue collecting data at all stages of development on Sigatoka plot

·       Developing our Return on Advertising (ROA)

·       Researching and Experimenting into drainage, pesticides, weeding and blueprint designs.

 

Resources:

·       Blueprint

·       FarmEd Consultants

·       Farming Materials (2x machetes, 1 file, seeds and 6 bowls to soak seeds)

·       7x people on team

·       Data being collated by PoC and past teams.

·       Assistance of farmers

·       Fencing materials (coconuts, bamboos etc.)

·       Google Drive

 

Recommended Steps:

·       Begin research into weeding, pesticide, drainage and blueprint solutions.

·       Before implementing any of these solutions, develop methods to test and analyse them whilst maintaining and ensuring control methods are in place.

·       Implement these solutions and ensure that data and evaluation is occuring at all stages of progression.

·       Continue to gather seeds.

·       Gather materials needed for composting, greenhouse construction and other on-farm needs.

·       Work with FarmEd worldwide to investigate methods of creating the metric system.

·       Establish a connection with students at Universities. 

 

 

We have a very busy month in store for us and we are looking forward to checking in with each country as we move along with our project. 

 

If you have any suggestions, advice or comments, please let us know. 

 

Vinaka 

 

 

Zoe Cahill Jan 30, 2018

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Georgie Scott Jan 30, 2018

Over here in Malawi, we have collected qualitative data but are struggling to actually come up with a way to analyse this information. For example, Radishes were harvested in January, and their bulb length, root length, number of leaves, leaf area and weight were recorded. However, there is no point continuing to spend the amount of time it takes to record this if we do not know what it actually means, and how this can improve our current MVP (the blueprint itself). I would be interested to see if you guys have any ideas in this regard?

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Ciaran Hoare Jan 31, 2018

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Eva Bamber Jan 31, 2018

This is the same problem we encountered in January at Ranadi. We contacted the Cambodia team to see how they were dealing with the issue. We are continuing this discussion and will look into solving this dilemma during February. Will keep you updated on progress.

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Gabriel Raubenheimer Feb 1, 2018

Hi team, please get in touch if you'd like to have a conversation about this, and how we can make it work for you.

My email address is graubenh@outlook.com, and my phone number/WhatsApp is 0449 663 775. Happy to arrange a call about it.

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Wade Tink Jul 1, 2018

Status label added: Work Update

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