Meet the Race to Feed the Planet Finalists From India
Two finalists from India are advancing to the Race to Feed the Planet Impact Competition at Enactus World Cup!
Race to Feed the Planet recognizes and mobilizes students who develop projects that demonstrate progress toward reducing food insecurity and lowering environmental impacts through plant-based agriculture, products, or enterprises. An estimated 8.9% of the global population is hungry; that number is expected to increase to 9.8% by 2030. The world needs sustainable solutions with low environmental impacts to address the nutritional demands of a growing food insecure population. ADM and LIVEKINDLY are sponsors of this race, and teams have the opportunity for a portion of $25,000 USD in project scaling funding. Finalists were chosen from a field of 79 entries from 16 countries by an independent judging panel of sponsor employees, subject matter experts, and Enactus alumni.
Project Waraq – Enactus Ramjas College, India
- Project Waraq from the Enactus student team at Ramjas College, India. Waraq is a business developed to manufacture biodegradable plates made from stubble and plant seeds. Farmers frequently burn crop debris, or stubble, creating a significant air-pollutant. The students at Waraq instead use stubble combined with seeds so that the compostable material supports new plant growth as it biodegrades. These plants in turn are used to feed malnourished school-age children. The team hopes to expand the Waraq project to 100 schools in 50 villages, lifting 70,000 people out of hunger poverty while preventing 12 metric tons of carbon emissions.
Zaraat – Enactus Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, India
- Zaraat, from the Enactus student team at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, India, which aims to uplift the farming community by reducing postharvest losses through a self-sustaining social enterprise involving an affordable and eco-friendly storage solution and transportation infrastructure improvement.