Food insecurity is an important global challenge. As of 2020, around 282 million people in Africa suffered hunger due to this same food insecurity. We are faced with a problem that requires new techniques that can help to improve existing small scale farming. Enter the MACH system (Manageable Accelerated Community Horticulture), a mechanism that may provide a solution to communal horticulture and affordable small-scale farming. This system utilizes the elements of photosynthesis and magnifies those variables to generate produce at a much faster, and potentially larger rate. By filtering out harmful rays from the sun (namely infrared and ultraviolet), providing optimal climate conditions, and introducing supplemented concentrations of CO2 within an enclosed environment, it may be entirely possible to create a reliable source of local produce for members of a community without breaking the bank practicing traditional farming methods. Our main objective with this technology is to provide several solutions at an affordable cost of production, low maintenance, and simple upkeep and attention from its caretaker. To achieve this requires interdisciplinary cooperation with our engineering students and faculty to both test the results of the plant's growth and develop the technology for the climate control system. With the success of this technology, we may be able to revolutionize the way that we do local farming, and may even shape the future of agricultural practices worldwide.
University / Institution: Utah Valley University
Format: In Person
SESSION D (3:30-5:00PM)
Area of Research: Science & Technology
Faculty Mentor: Michael Rotter