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Human Practices

Introducing our Human-Centric Approach

Singapore's Food Issue and the Rise of Urban Farms

In 2019, the Singaporean government announced the “30 by 30” goal - to meet 30% of our nutritional needs locally and sustainably by 2030. To do so, Singapore had to find ways to overcome its land and resource limitations. And so, we turned to technology.

The onset of urban farms in Singapore has been rapid and continues to expand every day. Aquaponics, aeroponics, and hydroponics are amongst the new techniques utilised at urban farms in Singapore. Most of these farms are multi-storied and indoors to overcome the hurdles in finding arable agricultural land on the island.

The tightly packed, damp, low-lit conditions in urban farms make them the perfect nesting site for several pests. Most of these indoor farms abide by organic farming practices to meet their consumers' needs. Thus, they avoid the usage of commercial chemical pesticides. However, without commercial pesticides, they are left with few solutions to tackle their pests with - this is where PRYSM comes in.

Helping the Urban Farms

Formulating our solution: The Human Centric Approach

The NUS iGEM team believes that every good scientific project needs to be well-informed and shaped by its users. Over the last year, our Human Practices (HP) team has worked to talk to every possible stakeholder associated with this problem. This pest problem, although seemingly small, has a much larger impact on each of us, and we wanted to illustrate that. So, we aimed to design a solution that answered the needs of every stakeholder involved in the agricultural process - from farmers and R&D scientists to the regulatory authorities and consumers. Every conversation we have had has impacted the solution we now present to you. As you explore our HP page, you will see how the takeaways from every conversation ultimately shaped our final solution.

At the end of the day, we wanted to make sure that PRYSM was not just a theoretical, scientific solution. PRYSM answers the needs of our fellow Singaporeans, aiding in taking a step forward into a self-reliant food future.

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