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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Liberia 2017

Submitted by: Sustainability Without Borders
Project: Sustainable Farm System in Jungle Farm

This project aims to produce independently sustainable farming solutions. Each element of the program is capable of reducing societal need of burning fossil fuels and to improve the health of the community. The interconnected systems allow for the production of fuel, which is derived from the farm’s own refuse. This is then used to power the farm, which allows for reduced reliance on outside sources for power and heat.

Initial situation
The nation is facing food insecurity because during the dry season rice cannot be grown in sufficient quantities to feed the population. The problem is due to a lack of water during the dry season. With the required sustenance needed from other nations, the country and the individual householder are facing severe economic issues.

Solution
With the combination of aquaponics, solar panels, bio-digesters and drip irrigation systems, farms can maintain sufficient levels of irrigation throughout the year and with the combination of solar energy and biogas generators, the farm can operate at lower cost. With the issue of food sourcing being addressed the question of food security can be answered.

Innovation
This project implements a system of industrial symbiosis in that the systems are designed to boost each other. The usefulness of the process is in the fact that the community utilizes the burning of fossil fuels in order to cook and heat their homes and the symbiotic system provides renewable energy for use in the homes of the community.

Involved partners
World Health Organization, Christian Revival Church Association

Jury-Rating
The merit of this project is in the usefulness of a project like this to farmers globally. The need for irrigation is prevalent in communities across the globe. The usefulness of a biogas harvester is something which can be applied to any farming system. The interconnected concept of the system is useful in that the systems support each other.



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