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Over the July month in Malawi, the Energy Assessment team focused predominantly on the emphasise and define stages of the design thinking process. However, during the final weeks, progress started in the prototyping stage and we thought we should share our findings. The primary issue we are faced with in Malawi is price. The average daily income is estimated to be less than $1 USD. When researching existing photovoltaic systems, we identified three primary components. The solar panel...

Alexander Bunyan
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I have been tasked with Game Master. Mostly because I have a reputation for being a nerd and enjoying gaming, but also because I have a keen interest in this space and in utilising this platform, we want to ensure that the points you accumulate also result in meaningful  contributions, comments, ideas etc.  So without boring you with the entire guts of the gamification system (and I am sure many would want to know the mechanics of it!), I want to give you a basic overview of the logic...

Andrew Vild
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Integrated Pest Management Strategies   Summary   The idea focuses on addressing over reliance and over use of pesticides by farmers in Malawi, though can be adapted for any region with an over reliance on pesticides. It aims to limit the input costs of smallholder farmers with already restricted amounts of disposable income by allowing them to utilize the crops in which they are using for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This utilization will come through the household individual...

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Summary   The idea focuses on addressing over reliance and over use of pesticides by farmers in Malawi. It aims to limit the input costs of smallholder farmers with already restricted amounts of disposable income by allowing them to utilize the crops in which they are using for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This utilization will come through household, individual production of natural pesticides such as rapeseed oil and tomato leaf oil sprays.   Current Issue With Pesticide...

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Energy is the foundation of all future projects in all of our countries if we strive to set up exponentially effective social enterprises. Energy allows for light after dark, charging of phones, tablets, computers, the use of phones which in turn increases commerce opportunities and access to critical information in other fields of work; health, agriculture, education. The data to date indicates that 85% of people in rural communities in the Nancholi region (our main area of operation)...

Andrew Vild
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Hi Trekkers/Team, I have some very useful suggestions on how we can more efficiently and effectively collect survey data, so I thought it would be a nice idea for us to discuss the different ways in which we can do this. The teams in Malawi have all been using Google Forms as the primary platform for surveying, yet we all encountered the same problem, it does not work offline. If we are in areas with no mobile reception, we have to resort to pen and paper. This makes data collection...

Alexander Bunyan
by Alexander Bunyan
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Alexander Bunyan

Hi Trekkers/Team, I have some very useful suggestions on how we can more efficiently and effectively collect survey data, so I thought it would be a nice idea for us to discuss the different ways in which we can do this. The teams in Malawi have all been using Google Forms as the primary platform for surveying, yet we all encountered the same problem, it does not work offline. If we are in areas with no mobile reception, we have to resort to pen and paper. This makes data collection...

Alexander Bunyan
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Hi Trekkers/Team, I have some very useful suggestions on how we can more efficiently and effectively collect survey data, so I thought it would be a nice idea for us to discuss the different ways in which we can do this. The teams in Malawi have all been using Google Forms as the primary platform for surveying, yet we all encountered the same problem, it does not work offline. If we are in areas with no mobile reception, we have to resort to pen and paper. This makes data collection...

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Alexander Bunyan

Sydney, Australia

Joined this community on Jun 22, 2017

Bio Past trekker in Malawi Energy Assessment Applied Finance and Economics at Macquarie University

University or Company
MQ

Degree or Work area
Business

Country you Trekked/are Trekking in
Malawi

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