At Project Everest, everyone lives the key values of the organisation. “Eat Last” is the one that I’ve struggled with the most, because it’s a value that I had never really considered.
I’m a big fan of seconds. No matter how big of a bowl I get on Spaghetti Tuesdays, I’ll always go back for more. The thing that’s changed since getting involved with Project Everest, I’ll always make sure everyone else in the family has a bowl before I eat myself into a food coma.
But that’s just implementing the value for myself. Project Everest aims to eat last without the limitations of borders.
On a larger scale, consider the accessibility to fresh farm produce in Australia compared to a developing country.
- Abundant resource to make sure our crops are successful
- Willingness to throw ridiculous amounts of money at the agriculture industry
- Capability to make sure we have food for our population
- Diminishing agricultural lands
Smaller countries, like Fiji or Cambodia have:
- Limited access to technology and knowledge
- Potential in their farmland which dwarfs that of many developed countries
That’s why Project Everest initiated “FarmEd”. FarmEd aims to provide a unique technology-based consultancy service and permaculture farming design that brings agricultural expertise to small holder farmers.
“It could feed an additional one billion people across the globe”.
FarmEd makes it possible for small subsistence farmers to strategically plot out their land to maximise yields. A crucial support for farmers where agricultural knowledge is largely built on tradition.
The process is extremely simple. The farmer downloads the application, and maps out their farmland using GPS coordinates in each corner. Then, a simple step by step pH test is manually undertaken by the farmer and input into the app. This information is sent to the cloud and analysed. The farmer receives consultation through the app and is informed on how to improve crop yields.
There are two main areas of consultancy: permaculture blueprints and Integrated Pest Management. The blueprints are currently being implemented in Fiji, and are aiming to produce a whopping 50kg of produce per day from just one acre of land!
As Project Everest currently has boots on the ground in Fiji, local farmers can visit where FarmEd is being implemented and attend workshops. This will allow the farmers to have a visual guide of how to set up their farms from the information the app provides.
FarmEd has the potential to feed a lot more just my family on Spaghetti Tuesdays. The Project Everest team will continue to pour their heart and soul into this venture to ensure that a massive sustainable social impact can continue to pave the way to eradicating poverty across the globe.
FarmEd – Team Leader – Cambodia July 2017
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Wollongong
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