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  • Greenfarming at the Cottica

    Greenfarming at the Cottica II

    Jan 24, 2020
    We're almost at the end of our project,just one more week to go. Four of the five tables we built are now installed at the local farmers. Some farmers pick up the technique faster than others, and some farmers even came up with their own ideas to fix certain problems. We discovered that it is difficult to control the amount of sunlight, because too little light causes the plants to hang and too much will burn them. We started experimenting with agro-plastic, a transparant sheet of plastic which will be stretched above the plants. This will protect the plants from the heavy sunlight and keeps rainwater from entering the system, so that the concentration of nutriënts is more stable. In our last week we will mentor the farmers in a way that they can buy new parts of the system and can fix problems when we are back in Holland.  
  • Green Frugal Energy

    Green Frugal Energy update IV

    Jan 21, 2020

    Last week the construction of HS’s very own biogas digester commenced, and it has been very uplifting to see the project we envisioned becoming a reality. When we arrived at the office, a big hole had been dug, and the following days a mason worked hard on the construction of the dome. At the moment of writing this update, the gas tap and the PVC pipes for input have been connected, and the gas-tight coating has been applied on the inside. Since we will only be here for another three days, we will not experience the first gas production. However we are very glad our plan could be executed. Also on behalf of our supervisor Henry, many thanks to S4S for enabling this execution! We will send our next and fnal update after finalisation. Until then we will be finalising our business model proposition by means of a presentation and enjoy our last days in this beautiful country.

  • Frugal Hydroponics

    Frugal Hydroponics - update I

    Jan 16, 2020

    After a month of interesting appointments in Paramaribo, we started implementing our practical plans. In the first weekend of December, we realized an educational greenhouse of 24m2 at the local elementary school in Klaaskreek. We did this together with the guys from Suriname Organic Hydro Crops. We stocked up the necessary materials along the way from Paramaribo to Klaaskreek. For the frame of the greenhouse, we have chosen for Walaba-wood, a sustainable type of wood that is resistant to termites and furniture beetles. The roof consists of shade mesh (50%) and agricultural plastic to allow the right amount of sunlight. We have chosen to have the roof staggered so that the heat does not collect in the top. The construction of the greenhouse was quite a challenge, especially because there were hardly any tools available. Fortunately, we were able to borrow the necessary tools from a number of helpful neighbours and achieved the result we were hoping for.

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  • Muima

    Hijambo!

     

    We (Quentin, Koen & Sam) will leave for Mumias in Kenya’s countryside to work on a project called Muima Industries for three months.

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  • Shock Safe Nepal

    We are the sixth team of Shock Safe Nepal, a multidisciplinary project which has been set up after the devastating earthquake which hit Nepal in 2015. Shock Safe Nepal works together with the local population to rebuild the houses in Nepal earthquake safe.

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  • DOMO

    We are three students of the Technical University in Delft. Together we are exploring the possibilities of obtaining sustainable food in The Gambia. Our main goal is: Stimulating market-driven agriculture and local entrepreneurship using innovative solar drying of fruits and vegetables.

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  • GoGargo!

    Lots of farmers from Kisumu, Kenya sell their product face to face. They sell them at people’s houses or at the market which can be up to 10 kilometers away. Selling their products involves a lot of travelling. Nowadays people do this traveling by foot or with normal bicycles that are not designed to carry such weight. Because they are limited to this transport method, it creates an obstacle for the user to grow individually in their business. 

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  • Greenhouse Production

    From the 4th of November until the 29th of January a group of 3 TU students, Valérie de Vlam, Anne Roebroeck en Paul van Wiechen, will travel to Suriname to stimulate the use of greenhouses in the agricultural sector. 

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  • Bambu Natural

    The project will again take place in Esperanza, Nicaragua, a small remote village 7 hours by boat from the nearest city Waspam. With our project, we want to give the local community the opportunity to build affordable and sustainable schools and homes. 

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  • Greenport Marowijne

    From November the 4th we, Joep, Kris and Chris (f.l.t.r.), will stay in Suriname for 3 months. We will focus on the village Moengo, Marowijne. 

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  • BeBold

    Hello! We are Bianca, Max, Marije and Emma: four Industrial Design Engineering master students from the Delft University of Technology. This semester we are working on a product development project with the goal to deliver clean drinking water to Indian families. India is one of many countries worldwide that experiences issues of water stress and water pollution.

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  • FertileGrounds

    Hi! We are Joris, Victor and Fabian. In the next three months we will do research to explore the possibities to make upcoming small farmers in the province of Vrijstaat, South-Afrika, more self-regulated. 

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  • Plastic Upcycling

    The Project “Plastic Upcycling in Colombia” is a Masterthesis of Tessa Vaendel for the Master Integrated Product Design. In collaboration with the start-up Urban Mining she is going to design a product that can be made out of plastic wast. This project takes place in Cundinamarca, a rual area in Colombia. 

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