Team:FDR-HB Peru/Implementation


In concordance with the suggested implementation of the proposed dipstick, we had to consider the conditions and characteristics of two key factors: the intended end-users and the protection of the environment.When observing the needs of the intended users, we sought to interview Mr. Yturrios, the National Director of  Alianza Cacao, to receive a first-hand and, thus, more concrete recollection of the needs of the farmers working at the cacao plantation in Peru. After an in-depth conversation with Mr. Yturrios and an analysis of the plausibility of implementing the crafted dipstick given the outlined conditions by Mr. Yturrios, the FDR-HB_Peru team was able to conclude that the utilization of the suggested dipstick in the intended locations is indeed logical. On the other hand, when considering the mechanics and logistics of its implementation into the cacao plantations, we had to ponder upon the ethics of using our product in concordance to the possible harm it may cause to the invaluable Peruvian jungle. Thus, we drafted the proposed dipstick upon sustainable materials and characteristics such as paperand a multiple-use dipstick. In turn, we were decreasing the waste that the dipstick may produce through the use of the proposed dipstick. It has become increasingly clear that although the nature of the dipstick is relatively simple, its implementation requires a great logistical effort. This effort not only includes the set up of locations within the area used for cacao plantations where Cadmium concentrations could be tested, but even more importantly, it entails the recording of concentrations measured in the soil samples presented. Therefore, the FDR-HB_Peru has developed a spreadsheet where the people testing the concentrations can effectively and efficiently organize themselves and the soil samples pushed through two key factors: where the soil sample presented originated and its cadmium concentrations.