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Dietetic cultivation as a long-term remedy for the micronutrient deficiency in children

Short description

Crops containing a high proportion of micronutrients are planted and packaged in small trays. A child who (regularly) receives one of these shells is optimally supplied with balanced micronutrients.

The problem we aim to solve

According to our observations, millions of children do not starve to death in Uganda, but die from a permanent lack of essential micronutrients. Affected children/families in Uganda are not even aware that they are eating poorly. The need to find an effective solution directly out of the country is therefore indispensable. Poorly nourished children endanger the long-term (economic) development of the country, as an unbalanced diet leads to poor brain development in childhood.

Our solution

Cultivation of crops (soya, cereals, peppers…); after the harvest, the products are packaged in small “dietary trays”. The bowls are distributed almost free of charge to children, especially in remote villages – each child receives a bowl full of fresh natural micronutrients. To ensure the sustainability of the production process, cultivation and harvest residues are used as fermentation substrates for biogas production. The entire implementation chain of the project is supported by local partners who are simultaneously trained to reproduce such “dietary (micro) cultivation systems” in other parts of the country.

The innovativeness of our approach

The most innovative way of doing this is to produce important micronutrients naturally, thus ensuring the life and long-term health of millions of children on a nutritional basis. It is also innovative because the whole system is not only infinitely expandable or reproducible, but also because it is in itself completely renewable and environmentally friendly.

Technologies and Methods

The project will initially be started with traditional low-tech cultivation tools and later upgraded to mechanized high-tech breeding methods. The staff and helpers are mainly compatriots from the villages where unbalanced child nutrition is most widespread. The bowls are ordered locally from specialized partner companies. For distribution purposes (private) cars can be used for the first time. Later, with sufficient financing and project success, special trucks can be used.

Potential Partners

  • local (i.e. Ugandan) partner companies for the production of suitable bowls
  • local development-related associations interested in the project
  • (volunteers) Ugandan employees to participate (cultivation, harvest, processing, packaging, distribution…)
  • Partner company Easy Biotech S.A.R.L for the construction of a biogas fermenter


Voting ends on June 24, 2018, 11:59 pm (CEST).

Dietetic cultivation as a long-term remedy for the micronutrient deficiency in children

Team: Armand Wilfred Ntemfack

Michael Ndam Nana

Klaus Michael Nguetsa

Eric Tadaa

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