emerge poverty free is sending a revolutionary agricultural system to Eldorat in Kenya. Produced by Kent Science Park-based company Boundless Horizons, the Solar Grow 1 (SG1) system will help improve food security in the town.
During last year’s food crisis in East Africa, food shortages caused prices to skyrocket across the region. Eldorat is a relatively fertile place but many people, especially those living in poverty, faced a struggle to survive.
The arrival of the SG1 system will allow local producers to diversify crops. This means better nutrition, higher incomes and greater food security at times of crisis.
“This has the potential to have a huge impact on the farmers of Elodrat and their families,” said emerge poverty free Chief Executive, Alex Haxton. “The vast majority of people living in poverty today are subsistence farmers. I am very excited about the possibility of finding a new way to help lift them out of poverty.”
The SG1 is a mobile germination and seedling plant factory and is a major step forward in food production due to the quantity and diversity of what it can produce and the speed at which it produces seedlings.
Inventor Alexander K Bushell, specifically designed the SG1 to aid the fight against world hunger. The system hugely increases yields and reduces grow time by producing large quantities of seedlings that can be distributed to local farmers, for example the system can produce 50,000 tomato seedlings in a week. The SG1 is also environmentally sound making use of natural fertilizers and solar power and is much more water efficient than traditional farming. Once on site, SG1 will be up and running within two hours.
Bushell will be travelling to Eldorat and will provide training on the use of the SG1 to the local team.
“I am thrilled at this opportunity to put the SG1 to exactly the kind of use for which it was designed, increasing food production in locations where this is not otherwise possible. I am also very happy that the team I will be working with in Kenya, and who will run the SG1 after I leave, is from the community that the SG1 will serve. It is my hope that this kind of transfer of equipment and technical knowledge will one day mean that innovators an inventors thrive in places such as Eldorat.”