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Fundi Kipusa is a community based organization in Mtwapa, Coast of Kenya. Our core focus is to use engineering to provide solutions to common recurring problems in Africa. We started as a Girl Child Education Programme and have since grown to educate the public and come up with simply designed products that work for Africa. Over the years, we have come up with products and ideas that have been tested and proven to work. With the rise of pollution and food insecurity, we are now working to develop solutions to this. Everyone working with Fundi Kipusa does so on a voluntary basis and we were able to form a well-rounded team. With our modest means we are constantly searching for simple yet functional solutions with the aim of helping the ordinary citizen to keep pace with the developments here, which are vastly too fast and lacking coherence.
What if the simple technology of an upcycled drum could be turned in to a farm that could economically empower individuals and groups and improve food security for millions of households and reduce carbon emissions?
Food security is a very sensitive topic in Kenya.
The I-Pot Maxi is a vertical planting device that is 1.2m high with 80 growing pockets for planting vegetables for human consumption. It is made from upcycled industrial plastic drums and filled with growing media that is light weight and has the ability of recirculating the water. It uses only 5% water that would be used to grow the same amount of plants. This pot will provide food for families and income if commercialized. Fundi Kipusa empowers individuals and groups of people to grow their own food in limited space in the huge surface area on the I-Pot Maxi for plant growth and supplement what they have to buy. It also reduces carbon emissions from food transport as food is produced on site.
The I-Pot Maxi can grow salads, kales, spinach, lettuce, and others. This provides food for a family and if several drums would be used it would ensure throughout the year that there is food growing and this would reduce the part of disposable income that is used to buy food and the produced food would provide the requisite nutrients to ensure a healthy family. The drums that would otherwise be discarded or melted into other plastic; are recycled, this in turn ensures that we reduce CO2 emissions and if we could grow these drums in the millions in deserts. It is ideal for the urban person who can grow food on roof tops or in a back yard. Anyone can make one with materials that can be found locally.
We wish to have urban farming practiced all over the world even in rural settings where soil or earth viability to produce food is greatly diminished by nature for instance on deserts.
We address the following problems:
- Food scarcity
- Environmental protection
- Nutritional malnourishment
- Income generation
We have developed two types, one with a manual internal pump and another one, more lifestyle oriented version with solar automatic function.