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The Problem   Too much of the past data collected by previous FarmEd groups has been unquantifiable and unanalyzable. This is due the fact that the metrics for simple questions such as ‘Do you have access to a mobile phone’ change monthly. With responses ranging from – ‘yes, my brother has a smartphone’, or ‘yes, I own a Nokia’. Whereas the answers can be kept discrete by having the following three options to the previous question: -       Yes, my own phone. -       Yes, somebody...

Isaac Crawford
by Isaac Crawford
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Isaac Crawford

This month, Social Consulting 1 is focusing on increasingly accessibility to microfinance. Our first goal is to understand the environment by undertaking a thorough competitive analysis of the microfinance space in Fiji and the South Pacific as a whole. Through this process we will identify what is effectively delivering value in this market and what pain points are not currently being addressed.   Our second goal is to build and test the viability of a proposed business model through...

Ineke Mann
by Ineke Mann
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Ineke Mann

Now that the rain has arrived in Sigatoka, this means it is the perfect opportunity for the weeds to continue to grow on our plot. Instead of rows of brown beds, we are seeing nothing but green. Whilst this may be aesthetically pleasing, this is not good news for the planting of our seedlings into the plot.  Over the first week, the Field Development team was able to consolidate our blueprint, work out exactly where the experiments will be taking place on the beds, plant seeds in our...

Zoe Cahill
by Zoe Cahill
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Zoe Cahill

Unfortunately, it is that time of the month where we have to wrap everything up and pass on our project to the next team. FarmEd Field Development has had a huge month, filled with sweat, blisters, digging and good vibes. The team has worked tirelessly to ensure that we have continued and developed upon the work that was done by the teams who have come before us and to hopefully lay a solid foundation for those that will come after us.   Our goal for the month was to set up our plot in...

Zoe Cahill
by Zoe Cahill
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Zoe Cahill

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...

Zoe Cahill
by Zoe Cahill
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Zoe Cahill

The Field Development team here in Fiji had a big first day of the final week, whereby we completed our monthly goal and completed the initial set up of our plot in Sigatoka.     We have 28 beds (6m x 1.5m) and plans for a living fence on all sides to be included on the plot. When we returned to the plot today to do some cleaning, weeding and more digging, we found that the growth rate of the weeds was much more significant than we first thought. After spending a solid 4.5 hours on the...

Zoe Cahill
by Zoe Cahill
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Zoe Cahill

  Today the Field Development team had a chance to reflect on their busy first week and the many successes and setbacks that it brought. After learning the ropes at our FarmEd/Agriculture induction we were able to plan our course of action at both Ranadi Plantation and our new demo plot in Sigatoka Village.   After a beautiful trip down to Ranadi we spent some time analysing the progress of the plot from the previous month. We collected data on how the crops were germinating,...

Zoe Cahill
by Zoe Cahill
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Zoe Cahill

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...

Zoe Cahill
by Zoe Cahill
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Zoe Cahill

As the project month for the December Field Development team in Fiji comes to a close it is now time for the January team to step up and try to match the amazing level of work that was achieved.   Despite setbacks with flooding, drainage and broken down tractors they have persevered and managed to achieve some incredible things in such a short span of time and lay down some important foundations for the January team to follow.     After snapping up a beautiful piece of land close to...

Zoe Cahill
by Zoe Cahill
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Zoe Cahill

FarmEd Field Dev is well and truly back in Fiji in full force for its second month of major project advancement and setting the pace for FieldDev across all countries. The bar was set high in July by the previous team, and December shows no hints of slowing down. This month we’ll be focusing on monitoring the existing plot, as well as continuing to build on its permaculture goodness. Our BHAG is nice and audacious, with aims to extend the current permaculture demo plot on Ranadi to a full...

Emma Rickert
by Emma Rickert
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Emma Rickert

A New Vision for the FarmEd Model:   Note : This is a long document but I am extremely passionate about ensuring the success of FarmEd as a venture. I believe that its realisation can only be explained in detail so that all aspects are considered and justified.   Summary:   This report aims to outline an improved business model, business timeline and business strategy, under the guise of a lean business canvas, to ensure the sustainable and realistic realisation of FarmEd...

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The Health Assessment Team established a project which has the opportunity to make large steps forwards during the summer months. We started collecting data and sorting it in the very beginning two weeks. This lead us to the define stage, where five issues were identified, these were: socioeconomic status, young infrastructure, education, transmission and foreign influence. These have been detailed in a previous crowdicity post which you can find here:...

Christina Gell
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Christina Gell

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Zoe Cahill

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Joined this community on Jun 30, 2017

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