Reimagine waste jackfruit

NXplorers students in Sri Ramakrishna High School, India, reimagined the use of waste jackfruit to develop an energy solution that would create an economic alternative for farmers, and lead to a cleaner, greener environment.

Up to 40 per cent of the food produced in India is either lost or wasted*. Even though India is the largest jackfruit producer in the world, only a small amount is used. Most of the fruit is left to ripen and spoil. Not only does this cause a lot of food wastage, it means that farmers make less money, and it also has a negative effect on health as the rotting fruit increases the risk of diseases spread by mosquitos.

The NXplorers students came up with the idea to reimagine waste jackfruit as an alternative fuel and rethink waste in their communities. Their idea was firmly rooted in driving a sustainable change that would support farmers to switch to an eco-friendly fuel option. These are the steps they followed…

Revealing Farming Challenges In Qatar

This team took a deeper look at farming in the region. Farming consists of four stages: Seeding, germination, pollination and irrigation. The NXplorers focused on how they could help farmers make higher quality, higher yield crops while using fewer resources and improving the environment.

This was the fundamental problem the students identified – How to make Qatari farming more self-sufficient and reduce the country’s reliance upon costly imports?

Agricultural Technologies

To address this challenge the first tool the NXplorers employed was the Connection Circle which they used to identify the four main leverage points in farming resources – sunlight, energy, machines, soil acidity and fertilizers. All these elements affect farming efficiency either negatively or positively. There are lots of potential technologies that the team researched. Personalised fertilisers, hydroponics and magnetized water were considered along with lots of other ideas.

Refining Possible Solutions

The students then applied the scenario planning and feasibility funnel NXthinking tools to further establish the best technology and the possible pitfalls and positives that they might come across. More than anything it was the NXplorers Feasibility Funnel tool that was the critical point in the programme for this idea. Running ten different potential technologies through this tool helped the NXplorers uncover the potential of Magnetized Water.


Restoring The Balance Of Soil Properties

Magnetized water is easy to create and it reduces acidity by draining sodium from the soil. This process helps the soil retain water and makes it more fertile. Magnetized water used for irrigation in farming has the potential to answer some of Qatar’s most fundamental challenges – water scarcity, food production and self-sufficiency.

Reshaping The Delivery Of The NXplorers Programme

Because of Covid, this NXplorers programme was conducted entirely online. That means that this team were working much more theoretically than is usual. Instead of face-to-face contact with facilitators these NXplorers were working in much more isolation. With this in mind it’s even more impressive that they were able to home in on a local problem and apply practical, tenable solutions with global potential.

Conclusion

This project helped the NXplorers students to see that by removing sodium from Qatar’s soil they can increase crop yield, improve local economic prosperity, improve the self-sufficiency of their nation and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

By developing a biofuel from waste jackfruits, the students helped their local community to rethink waste

NXplorers participant, Qatar

How This Project Contributes To The UN SDGs

2. Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

6. Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

8. Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation


المزيد PDF


UN SDGs

Diagram of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals numbered in a large circle, each with a smaller diagram below to represent the specific Development Goal. All of the Development Goals are faded, apart from four of them:

2. Zero hunger
6. Clean water and sanitation
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Within the circle there are three circles in a triangle formation reading ‘Energy’, ‘Water’ and ‘Food’, with arrows to show how they are all interconnected.

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