Aqua Zai:

Aqua Zai:: "Solving Global Hunger from A to Z"

Burkina FasoLittle Rock, United States
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The mission of Aqua Zai is to provide food security to the 3rd world by creating solutions for the scarce availability, poor quality, and fluctuating prices of nutritious food. Our model will use proven agricultural and technological strategies to operate a profitable and scalable business.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

we could prevent 16,000 children from dying every day?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Nearly one billion people in the world are dying of starvation, and their main source of food--agriculture--is in dire need of improvement. Farmers are using outdated farming techniques allowing them to produce a small portion of their potential output. They plant by hand using few - if any - tools due to the lack of access to current farming technology. Additionally, droughts can ruin crops causing shortages of food throughout the country.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our reasoning is simple. Agrarian communities are the source of food for any society on any continent. To truly “solve” global hunger in a crisis so severe, an entity must go directly to the source of the problem which is the subpar, subsistence-level farming communities.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Aminata is a wife and the mother of four children. Like the other women of her community, Aminata is responsible for feeding her family. She works on a smallholder farm toiling in the intense heat. Unfortunately for Aminata, the unpredictable rain pattern has made farming very difficult for her this year, and she is barely able to raise enough maize (a main crop in Burkina Faso) to feed her family. In fact, Aminata, and her family eat rations and have lost a significant amount of body mass. Aminata joined a farmers' coop for help. How fortunate she was to find out that this coop had partnered with Aqua Zai & learned how to dig Zai holes, a planting method to conserve water in any climate. She also received a free Zaiclops to reduce labor!

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

For years, Zai farming been used as an effective planting technique in Africa to increase crop yield. Zai holes on average increase crops by 500% to 600%. However, the labor intensive technique is only used by a small percentage of farmers due to the lack of necessary tools to penetrate the dry earth. Upon graduating from our Zai Planting Master Classes taught by Burkina Faso's legendary Yacouba Sawadogo, each farmer will receive our custom-made Zaiclops tool enabling them to dig more holes at a time and to do so more efficiently.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Aqua Zai has partnered with Dateβe√ and Date CoLa products as its entity in the Americas utilizing the investments / capital from Asia and the Middle East as provided by Dateβe√ and Date CoLa as revenue. Aqua Zai is primarily engaged in the commercialization of natural dates-enriched beverages. The profits are our revenue for funding Zai Planting Master Classes taught by Yacouba Sawadogo with Zaiclops tools provided for each graduate.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The African agricultural market is growing. Companies such as John Deere and Agco are investing millions in ICT (information and communication technology) and farming equipment (FE) to improve communication between farmers and markets. Agriculture accounts for 30-40% of the Africa's GDP, and nearly 60% of exports an employment. However, large agricultural companies have failed to reach small farmers.
Team

Founding Story

"The five team members, Julian, Beza, Paul, Simon, & I, met on campus at the Lauder School of Government. I became passionate about finding a sustainable way to solve the world's problems i.e. a profitable way to make a difference that did not rely on charity. Once it was decided upon to tackle the issue of agricultural struggles as a way to actually solve and not put a band-aid on global hunger, I KNEW that these four people HAD to be involved with me. The two "aha" moments, were 1.) when my friends in Niger told me of the effectiveness of zai farming but that NO ONE WAS USING IT SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE LABOR INTENSITY! 2.) the addition of Burkina Faso's legendary Yacouba Sawadogo to our team as the teacher of Master Zai Classes." -Princella

Team

Julian, Simon, Beza, Paul, & I represent four of the world's seven continents. We have each worked in either government & or the private & non-profit sectors for efforts to positively impact the world. Each of us holds degrees related to international relations, & we have an intrinsic passion to leave the world better than we found it. We understand that global hunger will not be solved by throwing money at the problem. We must "teach to fish".
About You
Organization:
Aqua Zai: Solving Global Hunger from A to Z
About You
First Name

Princella

Last Name

Smith

About Your Project
Organization Name

Aqua Zai: Solving Global Hunger from A to Z

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Organization Country

, AR, Little Rock

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Other.

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