Agrófita

Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile)

Problem:

When land suffers from saline and arid conditions, it is impossible to use it for agricultural cultivation. If we think about it, land is an exhaustible resource and the world's population is growing day by day. This is why we are faced with the progressive deterioration of arable land, due to climatic conditions, which makes it difficult to meet the demand for food.

Idea:

Our idea consists of a cultivation of salicornias that, once germinated, will be transplanted in soils that have problems of aridity and salinity. These plants have the ability to live in environments with these conditions and can also absorb the salinity of the soil. With this, the land would be reclaimed and would allow the cultivation of other vegetables to meet the demand for food; and in addition, halophyte plants will also be used for food once they are harvested from the reclaimed land.

Main Beneficiaries:

The beneficiaries of our solution are first and foremost the people suffering from nutrition problems, which according to information from the SDG Zero Hunger, were 821 million undernourished people as of 2017. In addition, we would help boost agricultural economic activity, providing more jobs and income to farmers. Also fishermen will be beneficiarie because we have the idea of using brine from desalination process for halophyte watering, so in that way, brine will not be throw back to the sea in high salt concentrations.

Stage:

Inspiration and ideation

SDG:

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 14: Life Below Water


University:

Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile)