In the agrarian society of the Niger Delta, spillage from oil extraction causes pollution of soil and water stifles both fishing and farming activities, crippling the local economy where there is 85% adult unemployment. Our solution is "Maa-Bara," a scalable, locally sourced, locally crafted structure for the propagation of fish and vegetables atop this oil-polluted landscape. Translated "Water-Farm" in Ogoni language, Maa-Bara is a zero-waste sustainable agricultural model. Each Maa-Bara structure is designed to utilize kitchen scraps to feed tilapia fish. The tilapia produce waste, which becomes nutrient solution for hydroponics (growing vegetables without soil). In the summer of 2010, the team traveled to the Niger Delta and secured partnerships with Enterprise for Development International (formerly TechnoServe, Nigeria) and River State University of Science and Technology. In October of 2010, one of our team members constructed a 50-gallon proof-of-concept pilot. Shell Oil is on board to fund the roll out and scaling up of the project following a successful pilot in the Niger Delta.
Innovations: Vertical design uses gravity for aeration of water in lieu of aerator. Vertical design creates shade for workers, fish, and plants. Peer-to-peer agricultural training program in the fishing villages of the Niger Delta, partnering with University.
The problem: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/niger-delta-bears-brunt-after-50-years-of-oil-spills-421634.html
Providing sanitary food and creating employment opportunities for the 200 people living near Bodo, Niger Delta.
OGHENERUNO OKIOMAH (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Ogheneruno will head the execution of the pilot project of Maa-Bara in the Niger Delta in collaboration with the non-profit Enterprise for Development International (formerly TechnoServe Nigeria). Ogheneruno was raised in Nigeria and designed the Maa-Bara as her Master in Architecture thesis at MIT. Ogheneruno traveled to Nigeria (Summer 2011), secured commitment from RSUST (University in Nigeria), Enterprise for Development International (largest NGO in Nigeria) and the Bodo community to execute the project pilot in Niger Delta.
ELISHA GOODMAN (email@example.com) - Elisha will facilitate the R&D (construction and operation) of a full-sized pilot in Lynn, MA in the summer of 2011, develop the peer-to-peer training program, and facilitate the roll out plan for regions beyond the Niger Delta. Elisha oversaw the implementation of a 50-gallon proof-of-concept aquaponics project in Lynn, Massachusetts (October 2011), demonstrating technical feasibility of the Maa-Bara system. Elisha is experienced with hands-on tropical agriculture and non-profit start-up and management. Elisha will graduate in June 2011 with a Master Degree from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning .
SANDY HUANG (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Sandy will manage business development and finance of Maa-Bara. Sandy spent the last 4 years working at Amazon.com’s Corporate Development team, where she worked with several start-up ventures to optimize revenue performance, develop advertising strategies, and implement short-term and long-term growth initiatives. Sandy is an MBA student from MIT’s Sloan School of Management with a focus on social entrepreneurship and sustainability.
DR. CALESTOUS JUMA (email@example.com) - Dr. Juma will fundraise for Maa-Bara via high level contacts in leadership at federal ministries, state governments and financial institutions including the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Dr. Juma is ready to conduct a parallel pilot in Kenya on his secured land because he was raised on tilapia! Calestous is Professor of Practice of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi, author of, “The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa,” which details how agricultural innovation will be the key driver for economic development in Africa.
Enterprise for Development International (formerly TechnoServe, Nigeria)
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
One of the most reputable NGOs in Nigeria with ties in the Niger Delta region. Key liaison between the rural communities and the oil companies. Enterprise for Development International has committed to facilitating execution of the project in the Niger Delta through their networks and people power.
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