A Deep Concern About World Poverty

A Deep Concern About World Poverty

A Deep Concern About World Poverty: A Study of Hydroponic Farming—A Sustainable Way to Reduce Poverty

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Mission Statement and Action Plan

Action Plan at the begining of the Project
Alleviating World Poverty through Innovative Applications of Agricultural Technology
Hydroponic Farming in Sub-Saharan Africa

Current irrigation technology does not support sustainable, lucrative agriculture in areas of poverty and drought. Hydroponic growing uses 10% of the water used in any non-circulating, “open” systems, which allow the land to absorb the majority of water which has been labor intensively pumped to dry regions. Hydroponics also drastically increase yield—to the extent which will be explored in our project. In Africa, a 1% increase in yield correlates to a 0.72% reduction of poverty—the highest rate of poverty reduction of the areas targetted by the MDGs (East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and Africa).

The website will continuously expand. Develop series of proposals: 1) to Jeffrey Sachs at the Earth Institute, 2) mechanical/environmental engineers to design most appropriate system for water availability and ideal crops in Sub-Saharan Africa, 3) investors in the private sector interested in increasing their yield of high-quality produce, 4) representatives of the UN working on the MDGs with evidence of economic gain, and 5) government officials in charge the public farming sector interested in reforming Eventually, take hydroponics to Africa.

Mission Statement at the end of the Project
New-Farms offers innovative ideas for the application of hydroponic technology in a growing world with continuously diverse and varied needs. New-Farms seeks to apply forward-looking technology and research to existent businesses and programs. Our goal is to offer private business’ the tools and information necessary to utilize and capitalize on this ground-breaking technology. At its core, New-Farms is an environmental conscious-raising organization. In addition to our support and advocacy of general environmental issues (cleaner air, reduction of the waste of natural resources) we adamantly support issues of public health. More specifically, New-Farms is concerned with issues related to poverty, malnourishment and malnutrition. New-Farm’s hopes to use its interaction with private companies and businesses and its promotion of hydroponics as a forum for research and awareness raising. New-Farms believes that there is tremendous poverty reduction potential in hydroponic agriculture and in agricultural reform.

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