Affordable Vertical Farms for the People living with £1 a day (EPSRC Pump-priming)
This project aims to develop Affordable Vertical Farms (AVF) for people living in areas with an income of less than £1 per day. An Affordable Vertical Farm (AVF) is a building apparatus and/or technology which basically consists of what is normally known as ‘Vertical Greening System (VGS)’ or ‘Green Wall’. I.e. a building wall partially or completely covered with greenery that includes a growing medium. This is a very expensive built environment technology under research in the developed world in which the VGS system is employed to maximize internal building thermal comfort by taking advantage of absorbed solar radiation from plants to reduce heat exchanges throughout external building walls.
In this pump-priming project , the development of AVF systems comprise designing the technological apparatus, and the business model to build and commercialise them. AVFs are developed, built and commercialised using a co-design approach, i.e. in cooperation with the local community of Agege (Lagos), Nigeria. Co-design is a very effective methodology to transfer and adapt expensive technologies – already existing in the developed world – to developing countries.