This video is a documentation video of our design process in a biomimicry design challenge 2012/2013. Shots were taken in Fayoum, an agricultural city in Egypt that suffers from water pollution. More footage were shot in brain storming sessions and design process. Finally, some animation were added to explain our main concept and inspiration in a simple way.
We often underestimate the importance of using clean water to irrigate farms. If the initial source of the water is unclean crop growth, consumer health, livelihoods would be affected.
Man-made canals in Egypt were created as sources of irrigation for farms across the country. Due to lack of natural flooding and poor hygiene habits by local residents the canals have become infected with bacteria, worms, sewage matter, and domestic trash. These canals are still used for the irrigation of important crops in Egypt without any initiative to change the system to adapt it to our county's present conditions.
For the first round of the biomimicry design challenge, we developed a system aiming at creating constant circulation in the farms using the main natural sources of energy available, the waterfalls produced along the canals. It aims at eliminating the stagnant ponds that are being used for water irrigation. It also focuses on filtering the water before entering into the the irrigation ponds and reducing Tuta Absoulta worm growth. Inspired by our local inspiration's digestive system, the dromedary camel, and the way it uses its resources efficiently. The circulation system developed targets local Egyptian farmers. The system creates a practical efficient solution to easily use while creating awareness on how to further improve irrigation conditions. To further develop our system we need to provide face-to-face workshops to introduce our system to the farmers and awareness campaigns to help benefit the health of the farms, the crops, and the consumers.
Team members: Nariman, Doaa, Reham, Mona, Yara and Ahmed
Video by: Mona Diab