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Welcome to student projects! 
 

Student projects are the heart of PBL-BioAfrica. The projects are carried out in collaboration with the industry and societal actors to tie education more closely with working life, solving real-life cases in international teams both virtually and in the field. The cases are assigned by organisations in the field of bio-economy and agriculture. 

Upcoming Student projects - 2022

Challenge name: Utilization of Chicken Blood waste 

Challenge Owner: University of Zambia 

Summary: In this challenge, students will work with mentors and a company to identify ways of creating feed with Chicken blood from abattoirs which is not utilized currently. The feed will be a good source of protein for animals and an inexpensive option for farmers. As part of the challenge, students will assess and create opportunities for poultry blood utilization in Zambia. Read more about the challenge here 

Period: September – December 2022

Completed Student Projects

AGS Co-creation & Innovation programme
 

AGS Co-creation and Innovation Programme in Zambia​​. ​The co-creation and innovation programme is designed for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to provide concrete support for developing services, products, and business models. The focus of the innovation process is to look for application / adaptation required in the Zambian market as well as looking at innovations for future challenges and opportunities.

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In this challenge, a  total of 19 Zambian SMEs has been selected for the programme. Key sectoral priorities are agribusiness, renewable energy and circular economy.

The co-creation and innovation occurs in multidisciplinary teams consisting of company experts as well as students and teachers from University of Zambia, Mulungushi University and Häme University of Applied Sciences. The teams designed, tested and developed a business concept in three workshops in February and March 2022. Through testing the concepts, companies gained understanding of how their business could work in the selected market. Read  blog 

Sustainable Biowaste Management and Commercialization in Nakuru County

In this challenge, the students supported the commissioning company, Nakura Living lab. Nakuru Living Lab is part of an East-African network of living labs for regenerative and inclusive food systems building a strong living lab community that enable these innovation cases to transform the food systems over a longer term. 

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The students supported the company by doing research on the following: how to mechanize the composting processing to increase volumes, how to improve the nutrient value of the organic fertilizer, how to train more farmers on composting, how to sensitize more farmers to use organic fertilizer and how to commercialize organic fertilizer.  In the process, the students provided; 

  • Farmer training on how to improve nutrition quality of organic fertilizer

  • Capacity building of farmers in entrepreneurship and agrienterprise management

  • Capacity building farmers in farmer –to-farmer training?

  • Capacity building farmers in smartphone agrijournalism to enable them document instructional videos and produce marketing videos.

Sustainable Solid Waste Management

The first student project was focused on investigating solid waste management in Kenya and Zambia, and creating a new business solution in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.

 

The project was assigned by Steam'n Heat, a Finnish company that works on sustainable energy solutions. Watch video for more!

Sustainable Bio-waste Management & Commercialization in Nakuru County

Students of Egerton University work together with a farmers’ group, Griincom waste management, to improve the quality and production capacity of organic fertilizer from agricultural waste. The students will work with the farmers in the student challenge through training them on improving the nutritional quality of organic fertilizer, agricultural marketing, smartphone Agrijournalism and farmer-to-farmer training.

Read more about the experience in this blog post by one of the students involved.