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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Guyana 2017

Submitted by: Alaric Abraham
Project: Kanuku Green Farms

This concept of integrated farms offer various components for a sustainable farming. Bio digesters decompose waste and produce biogas. Duckweed offers many advantages for the livestock.

Initial situation
Intensive farming has many negative effects on the environment and livestock. Livestock are kept using commercial feeds which are inefficient compared to more environmentally friendly feeds. Due to the amount of feed that these animals consume they generate a sizeable amount of waste. This waste results in unsanitary and unhealthy conditions if it is not properly disposed of on the farm. This waste also generates methane - a destructive greenhouse gas. This proposal is for a semi-intensive form of commercial farm which addresses the negative effects of intensive farming.

Solution
Kanuku Green Farms started a concept of an integrated farm. It is a combination of various units in one location. Each unit is designed with efficiency. They use inputs on the farm, pass them through a process and produce economic outputs. Each unit produces commercial products and by-products for sale or for use on the farm. The main products are either used on the farm or sold on the open market. The waste and by-products become the inputs for an important process on another part of the farm.

Innovation
The innovation is a bio digester which decomposes the waste. Thus, the waste is free of harmful toxins and retains the environmentally unhealthy biogas. The methane produced has similar properties to natural gas and can be used as a fuel source. The gas collected in the bio digester can now be extracted, scrubbed, dried and compressed into a storage container for later usage. Duckweed production is another important aspect. It doubles its weight every 48 hours and is rich in protein when grown in fertilized waters. The entire plant is used as a feed for livestock

Jury-Rating
Small and poor farmers in Guyana are usually at a disadvantage in the procurement of inputs. They buy in relatively small amounts and must pay for transportation which can make up a significant part of the total input costs. The adoption of integrated farming systems can address these issues. Integrated farming utilizes the waste from one operation as input into another operation on the farm. This project created various components for a sustainable farming. Congratulations on your initiative!



Capital: Georgetown
Official language: English, Akawaio, Macushi, Waiwai, Arawak, Patamona, Warrau, Carib, Wapishana, Arekuna, Guyanese Creole
Total area: 214 970 kmĀ²
Population: 735 909
GDP/Capita/Year: $1 365
Source: Wikipedia 2012