From Waste to Wealth
Zero Agro“Waste” Competition is the 1st world competition for entrepreneurs, startups, makers and students that have innovative ideas/businesses and applications in the field of Agricultural Waste Management.
Zero Agro“Waste” Competition aims to keep our environment clean and provide an interdisciplinary platform for leading entrepreneurs, researchers, artisans, investors and industry professionals to encourage innovative ideas that can make wealth from agricultural “wastes” as resources for the sustainable development.
Contestants will receive support and mentorship from international top experts in the field of Agricultural “Waste” Management, business development. Contestants will be able to exchange knowledge, technologies, innovations, trends, and opportunities with each other.
Finals will pitch their business in the ByPalma World Conference for a chance to win financial and in-kind prizes.
Zero Agro“Waste” Competition 2018 Theme: “Rediscovering Palm By-products!”
Why palm trees?
The Palm family includes a wide variety of species (e.g. date, coconut, oil, doum, sugar, etc.). They’re considered the main source of livelihood for significant sectors of the world population. The main product (cash crop) was the focus of growers, startups, and investors. Their by-products (secondary products) received little attention from the community.
Most palm species have similar by-products of annual pruning including; palm leaflets, midribs, fruit branches and coir, as well as the trunk at the end of palm life. These by-products may represent a sustainable material base for a wide spectrum of industries ranging from compost, medium density fiberboards (MDF), block boards, and pulp, up to fiber reinforcements for advanced composites. This opens a wide potential for the sustainable development of rural areas possessing palm plantation.