Long-term food security is of critical importance to all nations, especially so to those in developing states where large sections of the population do not have access to adequate nutritional food supply.

 

Africa’s expanding need for food to satisfy the basic World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation of 150kg of fruit and vegetables per person per year is a growing problem, especially with rapidly expanding urban communities. Africa has vast areas of prime agricultural land that has the potential to feed much of the world if managed sustainably with modern techniques to maximise yield and quality.

Good Earth Power’s breakthrough NutriDome™ technology for commercially growing edible crops for both domestic consumption and export can make a significant difference.  The NutriDome, developed and experimentally deployed in the UK, has the capability to deliver greater than 100 times the yield of traditional open field farming.  Alongside this, Good Earth Power implements the latest agricultural knowledge, techniques and technology to provide staple crops for local communities and host nations using unique irrigation and fertilisation programmes.  

 

As local food security is achieved, harvests will be tailor-made for exports with the resulting business being the backbone of a business knowledge transfer programme allowing women and youth to learn the skills and expertise of high grade agriculture and regional and international business.

 

The Good Earth Power NutriDome programme uses high levels of plant physiology knowledge to create the perfect growing environment for plants to mature and fruit. This highly controlled environment allows cropping 365 days per year creating a reliable food supply and stable and sustainable employment.

 

The initial focus will be on the following groups:

  • High nutritional value fruit and vegetables grown in NutriDome
  • Chickens, eggs and mushrooms grown in modified NutriDome
  • Open field staple crops: wheat, rice and maize for domestic consumption and export
  • Organic high value crops capable of domestic and export trading.

 

Nutridome Features & Benefits
    • Compact and simple to erect
    • 365 day a year growing regardless of weather
    • Controlled environment system optimises growing conditions, maximises yield and allows for just-in-time harvests
    • The racking system provides a greater output of plants per M²
    • Diffused light penetration for photosynthesis
    • Dual layer provides insulation reducing need for costly temperature management
    • Sealed environment avoids external contamination and pests
    • Integrated water management recycles 40% of water used, this system can also capture rainwater and use salt / brackish water
    • Solid concrete foundation provides long-term cost savings, prevents contamination and offers flexibility to build virtually anywhere
    • Increased national production, increasing food security, reducing imports and carbon footprint
    • 100 times reduction in acreage of land required compared to conventional production, reducing pressure on land-usage
    • Reduced infrastructure and operation costs
    • Reduced energy & water requirements, using only 1/6th the energy of a normal greenhouse
Facts of Land
  • Africa is the world's second largest continent making up about 22% of the world's total land area
  • 80% of the world's reserve agricultural land is in Africa and South America 1
  • In most African countries agriculture supports the survival and well-being of 70% of the population 2
  • Every day 7,400 child deaths are linked to malnutrition 3
  • By 2100 Africa could have a population of 3.6 billion4

1 The Global Agro-Ecological Assessment', Fisher et al, 2002
2 UN Environment Programme
3 Levels & Trends in Child Mortality:

4UN Report on World population prospect 2010 Revised