“Thinking” for Food

Krystle
Krystle Gay, Tech4agri Team member

Tech4agri is truly experiencing growth, slowly but surely! This week we have yet a another new contributor to our blog from team member Krystle. This would be her first time blogging having been a part of our social media training held a couple months ago. Her assignment: The Thought for Food Challenge.

As an ambassador to this great initiative we gave Krystle information concerning the competition and asked her to write her thoughts on it. She wrote:

Our feature this week is geared towards University level, agripreneurs and innovators. having read my fellow team member Robert’s post earlier, I felt his opening was of great importance. He said:

“As the human population on the planet grows our demand for resources continue grow with them. However growth on the scale that our species has experienced in the 20th Century and into the 21st century is not sustainable and we are rapidly approaching our planets carrying capacity using modern agricultural practices which have been proven to be unsustainable.” – Robert, Blogger & Country Rep (USA) @ Tech4Agri

Stemming from this, we understand that as populations continue to grow, the carrying capacity of that environment increases, thus the need for more resources.

Our unhealthy practices of the past has left an enormous trace of inefficiency and unsuitability.

Therefore, the development of new technologies and sustainable innovations to revolutionize agriculture and minimize the gap initiated by our inefficiency is essential to provide nutritious food to our growing global population and help solve the problem of wastage.

As an up and coming agripreneur and also as a new member of the Tech4Agri team, you often find yourself with ideas, goals or just thoughts on how to turn or change the world of food and agriculture.

How can brilliant and passionate minds like ourselves who care about food and agriculture come together to help make a difference and experience the creative power of leaders in the industry? How can we bridge the gap between innovators and investors?

THOUGHT FOR FOOD aka TFF is a global movement of innovators dedicated to finding the answer to the biggest question facing our generation:“How to feed 9+ billion people by 2050?”

www.tffchallenge.com
www.tffchallenge.com

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Agrosuede!

img_3846We feature our fellow team member Mitchel Jno Charles. He is the creator and editor of the Agrosuede Backyard Gardening video blog. Housed on Youtube we reached out to Mitchel after seeing his impressive work, seeking to collaborate.

Since then his work has improved as Tech4agri shared its knowledge on #mobile #journalism. If one takes a look at his videos from its early days to present you can clearly see his passion and dedication.

Agrosuede is a leader in “How to” for Caribbean agriculture with over 2000 subscribers on his channel and 179 videos.

Recently Mitchel entered a regional competition entitled “Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA): Stories from farmers in the Eastern Caribbean States, organised by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), we recently organised

Unfortunately Mitchel was not winner but he had this to say:

Mitchel co founder and editor of Agrosuede
Mitchel co founder and editor of Agrosuede

Mitchel has also entered the Film4Climate competition: meant to have filmmakers, videographers and activists explain what does climate change mean to them, what are they doing to solve the climate challenge and to deliver a climate message to the world. Entries are still open!

 Support his entry here.

And even Tech4agri has entered this competition. Supprot our entry here.

We look forward to our continued work with Agrosuede. Be sure to visit vlog, learn and stay dedicated.

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Future innovations happening now Pt. 2

We continue with the conclusion to our first guest blogger, Robert Davis, Tech4agri Team member. His last question…Do we need land to grow crops?

Rob writes:

The answer may not be as obvious as you think. A group in New York City has come up with a novel solution to the arable land question. The project known as Swale which is half public art project and half tourist destination is a floating food forest built onto a 100 X 30ft barge in the middle of the Hudson River.

The barge was launched in June of 2016 and will dock at six ports along the Hudson River, including Governors Island, Yankee Pier, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, spending at least one month in each.

The goal is of the project is to branch out and reach more communities. Mary Mattingly, one of its organizers explains that “On land, we would have been more localized, working in one area with one community… but because we can travel, we can reach a lot more people and generate a lot more excitement.”

Swale - the Floating Food Forest on a barge
Swale – the Floating Food Forest on a barge – Source Swaleny.org

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Future innovations happening now Pt. 1

Robert Davis, tech4agri Team member
Robert Davis, Tech4agri Team member

“As the human population on the planet grows our demand for resources continue grow with them. However growth on the scale that our species has experienced in the 20th Century and into the 21st century is not sustainable and we are rapidly approaching our planets carrying capacity using modern agricultural practices which have been proven to be unsustainable.” – Robert Davis, Blogger, country Rep (USA) & team member @ Tech4Agri

 

This week we feature the thoughts of team member and country representative for the USA, Robert Davis. You met him on our Instagram page. Rob hails from Texas, in the USA and has quite the impressive academic background in experimental archaeology involving agricultural methods.

He also has experience in environmental management & sustainable development. As a blogger he expressed interest in Tech4agri on his own accord and felt that he could contribute every so often.

For Tech4agri this is another milestone as in the past five years we never had a writer specifically for our blog other than its creator. We’re happy to have rob with us!

“Robert’s writing style is a bit different from my own however that is sort of the point of a blog. To each his own opinion and style. In any case I think he did a great job!” – Keron, creator and editor, Tech4agri.com

Rob writes:

I remember witnessing the effect of such a situation on the savannah grasslands at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro first hand during the summer of 2006 when I was attending a field school near the Amboseli National Reserve in Kenya.

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More than just a hobby.

La Souce Designs 1

How do you make landscaping interesting? This was the question I posed to Ms. Indira Rampersad co owner of La Souce Environmental Designs based in Trinidad. Ironically Indira was just as surprised by finding out the existence of the Tech4agri Blog.

After a healthy exchange of conversation Indira explained that there are so many backyard gardeners in Trinidad owing to the number of social media groups centered on the topic. Together with her husband started La Souce to fill this service niche.

She tells more in this interview:

Keron: Can you please tell me about the service offered?

Indira: La Souce is a full service landscaping company providing all landscaping activities including lawn cutting, tree trimming, pruning of plants, pruning hedges,etc.

We also provide rentals of water features and plants for private and corporate events. Our water features are built in-house and designs are customized to our clients needs. We also rent lights, gazebo and pillars to complete the décor. Additionally we do rental of plants for offices and residential properties.

However, our most recent product offerings have been landscaping workshops for beginners. Workshops are held once a month, on Saturdays, from 9am-1pm. Each month a different topic is taught.

They are entirely practical and most of the workshops are actually held at a volunteer’s residence. The properties chosen will be landscaped on the day of the workshops giving the participants exposure to the various techniques demonstrated and to learn the tricks of the trade.

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CSAC: Climate Smart Agriculture Compliance

Meet Steve Maximay. He is a consultant running his business Science Based Initiatives out of the island of Grenada.

He has created a trade marked licensed tool called the Climate Smart Agriculture Compliance tool (CSAC).

The tool is a simple checklist but its robustness lies in being able to be converted to a numeric scale out of 100. This now makes it easier to vet projects that seek financing. This is big news!

Why? From a clear standpoint the CSAC tool prevents #greenwashing.

What is #greenwashing? This is when a situation exists that a project coming out of a group or organization appears to be #climate smart and sustainable, but in reality it is not.

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We finally did it! Tech4agri on TV

We’re live!

We finally did it! Check out our latest promo above.

Tech4agri is now airing on local television station SynergyTV! It is nothing short of a milestone. As previous blog posts will show it was long and difficult road to get here but we actually did it.

This television station airs locally but is part of the FLOW cable service line up of stations. This means that the series will air in 7 Caribbean countries – Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

We are fortunate to have the series air 4 times a day from Mon – Fri and then 3 times a day on weekends. This is amazing for us! Why?

By being on TV we are able to offer advertising and sponsorship options, which for most stakeholders is a better option that partnering with a web only programme. Not to worry, Tech4agri will always be a blog but stakeholders simply “get” tv. To them they see more value in their dollars…we hope.

Let’s back track a bit

Many other things have happened over the last few months. We unfortunately lost what little funding we had due to excessive delay in getting our episodes up. It was one of our biggest failures but a lesson learnt. However we certainly not daunted because now we are on our way to success.

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Tech4agri: the web series Ep 7 – The ‘see’weed among us

One night residents, tourists and fishermen alike went to bed in the coastal village of Speyside on the island of Tobago. The next morning greeted everyone in the most shocking way possible.

From April to September 2015 the Caribbean experienced a severe occurrence of a new type of natural disaster. Sargassum seaweed washed up on the shores of several islands causing pertinent issues for coastal and fishing communities.

Though the seaweed has been washing up on the region’s shores for about 5 years, its quantity in 2015 was unlike anything seen before, raising its threat level to a national issue.

What exactly is this seaweed, and what is being done to prevent its negative effects?

The seaweed is actually a brown algae and its type is new to the region meaning it is an invasive species. As some may know invasive species are referred to as any flora or fauna that is not native to a specific area, country or region.

The phenomenon occurred from April to September last year, which is an unusually long time span for seaweed to float into Caribbean waters.

Furthermore it is expected to happen again.

Warmer temperatures, nutrients from the Amazon and Congo rivers, as well as the ever present Sahara dust in the atmosphere all combine in the Atlantic ocean providing the perfect environment for the sargassum seeds to flourish, gather and make its way to the Caribbean islands.

In this episode we visit the Institute of Marine Affairs who took the lead in combating the problem in Trinidad and Tobago, to learn more.

Tech4agri: the web series Ep 6 – Water for 1000 acres

We’re back and large scale! Literally.. This week we feature the large scale, mechanized rice farmers of the Akaloo family who are responsible for bring local rice back to the shelves of Trinidad and Tobago. But how do they manage over 1000 acres of land all in need of water?

After much delays and a long hiatus we are finally resuming the work of @tech4agri. We’ve updated our website after much technical issues, had some travel and have kept active via our instagram account, where you can see the trailers for our upcoming videos.

Do enjoy, stay dedicated and we look forward to your continued support.