AGROAM is an agricultural trading platform focused on increasing the incomes of smallhold farmers in developing countries.
Farmers in the developing world rely on middlemen who purchase their goods at well below market prices. Farmers can lose up to 90% of their income due to lack of bargaining power. These middlemen have access to two important items: market prices and end purchasers information.
AGROAM can break up these “information cartels” by crowdsourcing supply data from the farmers. AGROAM users can increase their bargaining power or find new trading partners. The service is available via inexpensive cell phones, ubiquitous in many developing countries. Users can request price, volume, purchaser and other information via simple SMS codes. AGROAM’s database matches sellers with buyers and replies with requested information. This simplifies the supply chain, meaning more money for farmers and cheaper inputs for purchasers.
Price information has shown to increase incomes by 10%, and access to new trade partners helps farmers obtain fair market values. AGROAM intends to help break the poverty cycle many smallhold farmers find themselves in by making agricultural trading a level playing field. Simultaneously, AGROAM collects data for environmental management, research, and macro-economic planning to assist with sustainable development.
Atlas Energy Systems, LLC
Atlas Energy Systems, LLC, is an energy research and development company focused on novel energy collection methods from nuclear materials. The current focus is an energy conversion device that harnesses radiation energy from decaying isotopes and outputs direct, usable power. The technology being developed has been verified through proof of concept and is currently in the prototyping stage.
Bring Home a Fishing Hole
Starting a business in Honduras to make cost-efficient aquaponics systems available to residents through micro-financing with the purpose to mitigate food insecurity and protein and micro-nutrient deficiencies of residents.
Post-harvest agricultural supply chain constitutes harvesting, storage, processing transportation and marketing. Losses in this value chain are a critical bottleneck for global food security. Most of the low income countries have high ambient temperatures and humidity levels resulting in 30-40% post-harvest losses in perishable horticultural produce. Cold storage therefore lies at the very heart of agricultural logistics. India ranks 2nd globally in fruit and vegetables (F&V) production and has a thriving $12 billion cold storage industry. However, conventional storage systems in these markets are highly centralized around major export cities and involve huge capital expenditure. Eighty percent of total capacity is utilized for only storing potatoes resulting in no room for horticultural produce.
Coolify is a micro-cold storage based business solution to serve the back end of F&V supply chains in India. It envisions decentralizing the cold storage market by setting cheap modular units close to the harvest points. We propose to set up single chamber vacuum insulated panel (VIP) based cold storages. Each unit has a capacity of 1,500 cubic feet, stores 5-10 metric tons of perishables and has a capital expenditure of $8,500 compared to $1.5 million required for traditional bulk cold storages. The cold storage has been designed using the modern VIP technology that has extraordinary insulation levels, thereby minimizing the energy requirements. It further allows the whole system to be powered by a solar PV system.
Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a major problem in developing countries. Between 200 to 300 million children in the developing world are at risk for VAD: approximately 500,000 become blind due to the deficiency, and 70% of those die within a year of losing their sight. VAD increases morbidity from common childhood illnesses such as measles, and may contribute significantly to maternal mortality in pregnant women. A sustainable, culturally acceptable and safe method of fighting VAD is needed, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. We are developing a low cost, easily distributed, and safe technology to help combat the VAD epidemic in India.
Our product is a probiotic bacterium engineered to contain a vitamin A precursor that can be produced inexpensively, freeze-dried, and easily added to yogurt and other fermented dairy products. Although we will market the strain to medium- and large-scale dairy producers, the end-stage consumers will be children five years of age and younger, the age range at which the most severe effects of VAD can still be avoided. Our product will provide a simple, inexpensive and sustainable solution to a seemingly intractable public health problem.
We will implement a community-based demonstration farm in order to combat food instability in the most arid region of Kenya. For centuries, rural livelihoods in the Turkana-region have been based upon nomadic goat production. Prolonged overgrazing, severe long-term drought, and a worsening geo-political situation have raised food security levels in the region to emergency status. Concurrent with implementation, we will develop a comprehensive business plan, as current data do not exist for local markets, household-level available labor, crop production cycles, and other key farm inputs/outputs. This prototype farm will facilitate the collection of baseline soil health and community nutrition data. To date, we have conducted critical needs analyses to ensure inclusion of the most essential plant materials to fulfill community nutrition needs. The return on investment is the human capital achieved when diet and nutrition improves the health of the community to sustain the population. The site of the demonstration farm has been selected by community leaders based upon the proximity to an existing water system and will be fenced with community funds raised from the selling of livestock. The farm will be designed for a reduction of financial inputs, and an increase of outputs, limiting waste streams in the system.
The Flex Roller Crimper is a new tool for agriculture that will enable incorporation of cover crops into no-till and other crop production systems which leave high plant residue under varying topography. The Flex Roller Crimper technology is protected by a provisional patent filed in February 2014, will be validated through field trials, and then licensed to equipment manufacturers for global use. It is the first technology developed by Farm Specific Technology (FarmSpec), a company formed by students at the University of Tennessee at Martin to introduce innovative technologies that will efficiently improve the sustainability of global food systems and create new opportunities for growers.
FoodFul.ly is a web-based service and mobile application designed to empower grocery shoppers. FoodFul.ly works by automatically collecting data associated with grocery store purchases and food expiration dates to inform users when they have food that is about to expire. To enable more efficient food usage and to prevent food waste, FoodFul.ly provides a list of recipes that utilize the purchased food, and provides effective time management around meal planning for the user. Power users will be able to track health and sustainability-related metrics associated with their food purchases, and may even use FoodFul.ly to automatically recommend improvements to their diet based on health and environmental benefits. FoodFul.ly intends to partner with the top grocery store chains around the world to sign up users for the service. Smaller grocery operations will gain access to a wealth of analyzed data, and larger chains will gain access to improved food-usage metrics that will aid in inventory management and further reduce retail food waste. Over a 10-year period, FoodFul.ly is likely to save users $28.5 billion in avoided food waste costs, and yield revenues of $300 million. At a national level, FoodFul.ly is capable of reducing U.S. household food wastes by 16%.
Millions of farmers earning less than $2 a day currently rely on diesel powered irrigation systems to support their farms and families. In rural India, 19 million of these systems pollute the environment every day. Maintenance and rising fuel costs consume over half of a small plot farmer’s annual income, perpetuating an endless cycle of poverty. Despite a 30% national solar capital subsidy, current small scale solar irrigation systems in India far exceed a rural farmer’s budget. Global Solar’s vision is to equip Indian farmers with an affordable, reliable and sustainable solar irrigation solution that utilizes the free and abundant power of the sun. Our inexpensive reflection technology can double the power output of a typical solar cell, the most expensive component of a 2-hectare plot solar irrigation system. Designing a product based upon scalable manufacturing methods, Global Solar has reduced solar irrigation costs by 55%. Micro financing loans and the elimination of operational costs will allow farmers to quickly raise their incomes after purchase to achieve agricultural and financial security. Understanding our customers’ needs and business principles of the developing world has supported our team to generate a solution capable of widespread social and agricultural impact. The direct and indirect effects of our product will empower millions of underprivileged farmers to participate in their own business solution to poverty.
GreenPath Food is a vertically integrated, farm-to-shelf, sustainable agriculture business which transitions smallholder farmers in the developing world to permaculture techniques, supports them on increasing yields through intensive soil management, and buys their harvests at above-market prices.
We build nucleus farms in high-density farming areas in order to distribute inputs and aggregate outputs, employing farm managers who work closely with smallholders on their production techniques. We pay our farmers stable, “true-value” prices, and sell to distributors and retailers who pay a premium for a high-quality, nutritious, sustainably farmed product that brings a smallholder farmer’s story with it. We incorporate innovative technologies across the value chain to ensure quality, reliability and efficiency, and to differentiate our product offering through features such as ripeness sensors. We invest in packing and processing facilities in the rural areas we work in, establishing the cold chain as close to the grower as possible and creating jobs in local communities.
Our first product will be the Ethiopian Avocado, a crop that is grown in abundance in Ethiopia and is under-valued by the domestic market, but has vast international potential from growing demand.
Inefficient food supply chains in Sierra Leone pose a significant challenge to the nation’s development. A January 2014 assessment of the availability of produce in the nation’s capital, Freetown, concluded that fresh produce is scarce, of poor quality, and expensive, (e.g. $0.50 for one small tomato).
Vegetables come from surrounding small towns, Guinea and Europe; a multi-hop supply chain takes 6-10 days, increases prices and reduces shelf life. As a result, households spend the majority of their expenditures on food and malnutrition rates remain high — more than 1 in 5 children are moderately to severely malnourished.
GRO, a social enterprise, has developed and field tested an affordable greenhouse design that allows small-scale farmers to increase their yields, improve crop quality, and consistently supply enough quality produce to build sustainable local supply chains.
Within the first three years we project that GRO will sell 120 greenhouses, which would result in a 1.4 million pound increase in available produce. This produce, whether consumed directly or sold at market, will increase food security and improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers across Sierra Leone.
Growing Up Aquaponics
Growing Up Aquaponic’s system is a multitrophic vertically-integrated polyculture. Our system disrupts the business-as-usual approach that has dominated agriculture for years by changing the landscape of food production from a farm to a factory. Factory farming has a bad name but a promising future. The recent trends of urbanization and the efficiencies associated with it set the scene for dense local food production. The crucial change in industry that we propose with Growing Up Aquaponics maximizes the value of past industrial facilities and decreases the carbon footprint associated with transportation. We transform former industrial and production buildings into something that is good for the people and the environment around them. By redeveloping non-arable land for cultivation, we address the growing food insecurity in the world. Dennis Avery said it best: “No one will starve to save a tree.” Every day, people make way for increased food production, by whatever means necessary: genetically modified crops, deforestation for new fertile land and increased fertilizer use. Growing Up combats all of these issues with one resilient and technologically based solution — aquaponics — to provide healthy organic produce and fish.
GrownHere is a proposed social enterprise that will provide a networking service and web and mobile application platform to help communities of all sizes across the U.S. develop and promote community food systems that are healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable. GrownHere aggregates fresh vegetables and fruit from small and mid-size local producers and sells produce through a purchasing structure that leverages local institutions’ purchasing power to balance supply and demand and moderate cost for all consumers. Our web and mobile application encourages consumer participation through convenient transactions and user impact rewards.
Hawaii AquaSeed & Distribution Co
Hawaii AquaSeed & Distribution Company’s (HADCO) food system business model removes barriers and obstacles facing start-up and existing, small to medium sized farm operations, and positions them for success by affiliating with HADCO. HADCO combines aquaculture and agriculture into a scalable turn-key aquaponic system designed to produce high quality protein and organic produce, with their sustainable technology available to independent business owners. HADCO operates a full service hatchery and nursery, providing reliable pathogen-free aquatic species and plant seedlings, insuring their seed stock supply. HADCO offers on-site farm assessment, a design scalable to individual needs and initial system installation. After completing a comprehensive AquaFarmer certification program, a customized business plan allows integration with HADCO’s production and distribution schedule, allowing small and medium size businesses the benefits of affiliating with a larger entity. HADCO is equipped for processing and manufacturing, to receive, clean, grade, package and brand by adding value to the final products delivered by AquaFarmers through their exclusive consignment agreement. HADCO’s wholesale distribution network supplies and delivers to the local hotel, restaurant and military industry, and provides an additional layer of opportunities for small AquaVendors to retail fresh and nutritious food throughout their communities in trademark recognized mobile kiosks.
India has an estimated 70 million diesel-powered irrigation pumps in use. Running these pumps creates high costs for Indian farmers, the government and the environment. Solar-powered pumps are a proven and affordable alternative, but face two challenges: a lack of supply chain coordination and access to finance. HELIOS-I will overcome supply chain barriers by partnering with technology companies and distributors. To facilitate financing, HELIOS-I will raise capital and create specialized investment funds together with local financing partners. Through lower costs of capital and diversification across many farmers, HELIOS-I will drive positive social and environmental change while generating returns for investors.
Ho‘oulu Pacific integrates soilless farming technology and coordinated-distributed-agriculture to commercially produce fish and vegetables in disadvantaged Pacific Island communities. Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders face the world’s highest rates of heart disease and diabetes, and struggle with some of the world’s highest prices for fresh vegetables and fish. Studies have consistently shown that this limited physical and economic access to nutrition is the primary cause of their health problems.
Our systems increase the consumption of healthy foods and reduce childhood obesity by producing food in at-risk communities and providing residents direct access to nutrition. Our innovative coordinated-distributed-agriculture model generates positive cash flow for our organization and empowers local communities with new entrepreneurial opportunities. We work with a network of community partners to provide families with health counseling, nutrition education and entrepreneurial guidance. As a social enterprise, we will be financially self-sufficient and reinvest our earnings to finance expansion throughout the Pacific. We have over 15 years of experience working in soilless farming and strong ties to key community partners and stakeholders. We seek to scale up our current project in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Our goal is to fund our own expansion into Native Hawaiian communities statewide, then expand throughout the Pacific.
Wastewater treatment is integral to community health and environmental sustainability, however the current processes of treating waste require extensive infrastructure and consume massive amounts of energy, making these systems unsuitable for much of the world.
The objective of LemnaPure is to provide a simple, inexpensive and robust wastewater treatment system that is able to produce fish meat, animal feed and ethanol while creating potable water. LemnaPure will achieve this by creating the first drop-in duckweed wastewater treatment system that can be purchased by a customer anywhere in the world and optimized to their specific needs. Our drop-in system will utilize our expertise from developing commercial duckweed systems in South America and will allow a customer to treat their wastewater and make a profit doing so in less than three years. The LemnaPure drop-in system provides a simple solution to a complex problem and will empower communities to prosper through sustainable infrastructure.
Love Grain Company
Love Grain connects farmers to families through a line of nutritious and delicious gluten-free products based on the ancient Ethiopian grain, teff. We are one food company built to solve two food problems. In Ethiopia, where many farmers cannot feed their family year-round , we help teff farmers triple their profits by financing improved seed and fertilizer, teaching new planting practices and buying direct from farmers.
Meanwhile, 42 million gluten-free consumers in the United States face a frustrating lack of variety in available products that are both tasty and healthy. Love Grain products, starting with our Pancake+Waffle Mix, are based on teff, which is not only gluten-free but also naturally rich in protein, fiber, calcium and iron. Love Grain’s innovative business model provides microfinance and reliable market demand for happier farmers and delicious, healthy gluten-free products for happier families.
By building a market-based, transaction-oriented and self-sustaining hunger-relief program, we work to address the widespread societal issues that stem from hunger and malnutrition driven by inadequate access to healthy food options. We purchase high-quality meats and vegetables, bundling them together in food boxes, to sell on a monthly basis at local delivery sites including churches and community organizations. Each box provides a week’s worth of affordable and nutritious food at approximately $1.50 per meal.
Through Middlebury Foods, Vermonters are able to purchase supermarket-quality food at fast food prices. The two primary causes of food insecurity are cost and accessibility. By buying food in bulk, relying on volunteers — including ourselves — to sort and package items, and operating as a non-profit, we are able to sell healthy food well below the price that would be paid at a supermarket. By partnering with local community groups, we are able to determine where the need and the demand are greatest and then sell directly to those individuals, eliminating overhead and inefficiencies. What’s more, our model will only improve over time: a growing customer base quickly makes the program self-sustaining.
Mighty Meal(worm) is a U.S.-based startup business that will sell high-quality, environmentally sustainable, mealworm protein powder in urban centers and health clinics in sub-Saharan Africa. Mealworm powder raw materials will be obtained from rural women’s cooperatives, recruited and supported through a microfinance model. Mighty Meal(worm) will resource cooperatives with US-designed microlivestock kits and provide onsite training.
Our vision is to create a sustainable business that addresses the multifaceted and systematic factors that contribute to food insecurity and malnutrition in rural and urban areas by providing local employment and increasing access to affordable insect protein. Initially, efforts will target food insecure Zimbabwe using microlivestock kits developed specifically for the region. Mealworms can breakdown local plant waste and quickly recycle it into high-quality protein. Cooperatives will source Mighty Meal(worm) powder production and produce a year round protein source for local communities, as well as their animals. Zimbabwe offers a perfect launching platform for our protein powder, as insect consumption is common. We anticipate future expansion to neighboring countries. Our diverse team consists of two seasoned doctoral students, with backgrounds in public health and agriculture, and an international cooperatives expert. We will collaborate with Tiny Farms Inc. to design innovative microlivestock kits.
MoniTag is a low-cost nanotechnology-based food sensor designed to reduce post-harvest waste through spoilage by monitoring time and temperature exposure when placed on food packaging. Produced for an estimated $0.04 per sensor, MoniTag uses an easy-to-read color display that does not require user technical training. MoniTag is patent-protected and can be sustainably produced with green materials.
By 2017 the U.S. market for fresh produce and meat/dairy is expected to reach $83.2 billion and $165 billion, respectively. Although the exact scope is difficult to ascertain, food waste through spoilage between harvest and consumption is sometimes estimated to be as high as 50%, and increases the environmental impact of food consumption. Despite this, there has been little post-harvest agricultural research directed toward increasing food availability without increasing production.
MoniTag fills the need for post-harvest innovation, and by reducing waste through spoilage, it 1) Increases available food without bringing new land into cultivation, 2) Meets growing demand for meat and dairy products without increasing herd size, 3) Increases trust in food distribution systems for all channel members, and 4) Increases profitability within supply chain by reducing spoilage-related loss.
Pasturebird LLC is a pastured livestock farm in Southern California. Launched in 2012, we have quickly become the premier source of pastured chicken and lamb throughout the 22 million person region. We practice beyond organic farming practices, which include rotational grazing and no soy or GMO feed for our pastured poultry, as well as 100% grass fed, grass finished lamb.
The innovation that we have submitted is a scalable answer to the current factory farm poultry industry. Please take a look at our slideshow and essay to learn about our concept on “Reinventing the World’s Poultry Production.”
Rangeland Solutions is an innovative not-for-profit social business with the mission to provide sustainable income-generating opportunities to pastoralists in Africa by introducing improved rangeland management techniques to restore the local ecosystem and increase the productivity of the land and livestock.
We provide vital, yet often inaccessible services to small-scale livestock producers. Working through community-based field staff, Rangeland Solutions partners with pastoralist groups and provides the financing, resources, and training to implement Holistic Management. This land management system restores habitats by reducing overgrazing and erosion and enhancing natural processes, thereby increasing land productivity and generating significantly higher rates of beef production.
Rangeland Solutions also acts as a transactional intermediary in the livestock marketing chain, thereby helping pastoralists receive better prices for their livestock and addressing the missing linkages between small-scale producers and larger-scale commercial markets.
We have over 30 years of combined experience working in the livestock sector and with pastoralists. This spring we successfully launched our pilot project in southern Kenya.
Overall, our approach has the potential to significantly improve the livelihoods of pastoralists, who are often some of the poorest and most marginalized members of society, while reversing the processes of desertification and climate change, which threaten our planet.
Seal the Seasons Produce
Seal the Seasons Produce is an innovative local frozen produce company linking food insecurity and farm waste together to solve both problems. We will work with large local farms and local food aggregators to supply wholesale grade A and B produce. We will chop out blemishes or deformities in grade B produce that make it unfit for sale, then chop, pack, and flash freeze the produce into a viable product. Local produce will be frozen at peak in season to guarantee freshness and lock in nutritional value for months.
SSP will sell to institutional and high end vendors to provide a revenue stream for the business. We will then sell a reduced cost retail product in corner stores, especially in identified food deserts. This will increase access to healthy local food, while eliminating barriers of transportation and cost.
Seal the Seasons will reduce farm waste and help farmers recover profit, provide a lasting local product and fight food insecurity in a state where 17% of people are food insecure. Eat local all year round!
Americans throw away nearly one third of their food each year, leading to substantial environmental, social and financial issues: harmful greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, perpetuated malnutrition and hunger, and more than $160 billion of lost value.
Spoiler Alert is a technological innovation aimed at addressing our food waste problem. Our solution acts as a mobile and web-based marketplace for excess, expiring and spoiled food, diverting otherwise wasted food to charities, farms, retailers and bioenergy producers that can use it productively, before it goes to the landfill.
Spoiler Alert will save time and money across the food supply chain. Businesses can benefit from new revenue streams, waste-hauling and spoilage cost avoidance, donation-based tax benefits and matchmaking services. Consumers can enjoy increased access to affordable, healthy, local food options. These efficiencies will reduce landfills emissions and dependence on fossil fuels via less resource-intensive feedstock.
Spoiler Alert’s MIT student team is leveraging a strong network of mentors, partners and experts. The team has gained traction with organizations across the supply chain and plans to rollout an initial beta product in Boston, where a food waste ban will be implemented in July 2014.
Squash the Boss Kitchen
With today’s food industry dominated by agribusiness and consolidated food manufacturers, local farmers and small businesses are failing to compete. A channel must be opened to develop local economies and communities around local foods to achieve food security and agricultural sustainability. Squash the Boss Kitchen (SBK) provides a model for this to be accomplished. SBK is a cooperatively-owned shared commercial kitchen located in Washington D.C. For a monthly fee, business startups become member-owners, receiving access to a licensed commercial kitchen and a vote in the decision making process of SBK.
Bridging the gap between small business and local farmers, SBK provides reliable year-long access to local and healthy produce to each member. By centralizing businesses to one location (SBK), a large demand is concentrated, allowing farmers to supply a greater quantity of goods per trip, creating more cost-effective distribution and allowing the farmer to sell at lower wholesale prices. Auxiliary services provided by SBK, such as cooking and educational classes, instill value in local agriculture and business throughout surrounding communities. Thus, SBK connects all aspects of the industry — the producer, preparer, and consumer — creating a food enterprise ecosystem that fosters strong relationships and responsible outgrowth.
TerraMizu is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve irrigation to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable agricultural practices for third-world farmers. There are 980 million people living in rural poverty worldwide and most of them depend on farming as their major source of income. Irrigation enhances productivity of farmers, promotes growth of crops and reduces poverty. However, most of the rural poor cannot afford micro-irrigation systems. In order to serve these underprivileged farmers, TerraMizu has developed a clay pipe irrigation technology that is low-tech, cheap and eco-friendly. Our clay pipe irrigation system provides subsurface irrigation, which is water-conserving compared to the commonly used surface irrigation. Also, we use clay as our raw material, because it is cheap, locally available and eco-friendly, unlike the current plastic-manufactured irrigation systems. By selling affordable clay pipes to the rural poor, we will be able to achieve financial sustainability and scale our impact to combat poverty. Our goal is to create a self-sustainable green economy within these rural poor agricultural communities so that jobs are created, productivity of farmers are enhanced and ultimately alleviate poverty.
The RASS Project
The RASS Project is an international development project which aims to lower post-harvest storage losses experienced by rural Ghanaian farmers in three phases: financing the construction of a community storage facility, providing access to PICS storage bags, and constructing low-cost natural solar dryers. Existing development projects focus solely on implementing modern agricultural techniques to improve productivity. However, these projects do not take into account the lack of acceptable storage methods and inability to manage increased harvest yields. Within all three phases of our project we have incorporated educational aspects in order to emphasize the sustainability of this project. The RASS Project works closely with the villages in making sure our project aligns with their needs. Surveys were distributed throughout the communities to understand the hindrances to development that each farmer experiences in order to mold our project to fit their preferences. By lowering post harvest storage losses, our project will contribute to mitigating the current inequality, rural-urban gap, agricultural inefficiency and undernourishment that result from Ghana’s state of underdevelopment.
VRX Voltage Regulator
We have re-designed existing voltage regulator technology to be affordable for poor farmers in developing countries and protect them from motor burn-out costs due to unstable power. Our goal is to ensure the long term sustainability of India’s agricultural system by protecting the 14 million rural farmers who serve as the country’s agricultural backbone. This technology provides a real incentive to farmers as protection from billions of dollars in motor burn-out costs, enabling farmers to reduce electricity and groundwater wastage:
1. Increase irrigation motor efficiency to reduce electricity wastage by up to 5 billion kWh annually
2. Integrate wireless communication between motors on adjacent plots and programmable timers to reduce groundwater wastage by up to 32 billion cubic meters annually
At a $50 per unit manufacturing cost, 1% market penetration and gross margins of 5 to 50%, the potential market opportunity for this product is $7.36 million to $14 million.
W2E Slurry Services
W2E Slurry Services offers an innovative, low-cost slurry separation technology for small-scale biogas systems. This simple technology benefits farmers by (1) eliminating the need for constant additions of fresh water into the system, and (2) making the high-quality bio-solids easier to store, transport and apply. Our technology is poised to radically transform the biogas sector in underserved regions around the globe, enabling farmers in water-stressed areas to enjoy the myriad benefits that biogas systems offer. We begin by selling our technology to our existing partners in Uganda and plan to expand into East Africa and worldwide.