Inability to grow crops

Mustafa Agbaria
TU Delft
Electrical Engineering

Over het initiatief / About the initiative


In welke fase zit jouw initiatief? / In what stage is your initiative?

Uitgewerkt conceptfase

Heb je jouw initiatief al gevalideerd? / Did you validate your initiative?

I had dozens of interviews with researchers, experts, and farmers, the latter being my potential customers (beachhead market being seed potato growers to validate the system and then expanding to more markets) from all over the world (US, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, and South Africa).The next step in validation is technical validation in a small-scale test pilot in Delft.If successful, that will be followed by a large-scale test pilot, with a large seed potato company in the north of the Netherlands.

Meer informatie over jouw initiatief / More info about your initiative

Many countries around the world are unable to grow their own food, to fix this problem, many technologies were developed, including a very promising technology called “Hydroponics”, this technique uses nutrient-rich water directly to the plant’s roots and does not use soil, the benefits are using up to 95% less water, fewer fertilizers, and no pesticides while increasing yields and quality of vegetables.

So far this has been limited by existing technologies to growing leafy greens and some soft fruits.

We are developing a system to grow hydroponic potatoes, which is the 3rd most consumed cop and a critical crop for global food security, we use about 1 trillion liters of water every year to grow 360 million metric tons of potatoes, we also use an insane amount of fertilizers and pesticides, poisoning over 200 million hectares of land globally.

Wat zijn jouw volgende stappen om het verder te ontwikkelen? / What are your next steps to develop the initiative?

Running a small scale test pilot in the green village in Delft

Wat heb je nodig om (nog meer) impact te maken met dit initiatief? / What do you need to make (more) impact with this initiative?

The most urgent thing is money to run the small scale test pilot