Character / User
Abdu needs to produce food in an efficient, sustainable and self-sufficient way in order to become more independent.
Sketches of Designs / Technologies
Team Name and Visual
Fish and Farm
Assignment for Oct 9
Comments from our guests and feedback from your peers
Each section of the refugee camp is managed by a different WASH group
Source: Mike Zuckerman, 2020/09/25 Session at HKU from Uganda
- The material choices can create positive impact to the place
- It appears to be a bit too large to be implemented. The span of bamboo may be a bitdemanding.
- Quite large
- Scale efficiency? Difficulty in maintaining the system?
- How to deal with spatial constraints?
- Bamboo is said to be a very useful material in this area. With proper treatment, they can bring higher potential. If they can make an aquaponic farm out of bamboo, it would be feasible and scalable.
- A large scale structure may not be appropriate in the context of Cox's Bazaar
- For indoor one, the roof shall be slightly transparent to allow sunlight for veggies
Cox's Bazar: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Assessment: Dry Season Follow-up Report, May 2019 - Bangladesh
Since August 2017, an estimated 743,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar District from Myanmar. Adding to existing caseloads of refugees from previous displacements in 1978, 1991, and 2016, this has brought the total number of Rohingya residing in Bangladesh to approximately 913,000.1As of 31 August 2019, 735,000 refugees reside in the Kutupalong-Balukhali Extension Site in Ukhiya Upazila, with an additional 171,000 individuals living in smaller camps in Teknaf Upazila.
Keep developing designs - 3 detailed sketches of your design and technology
Choose a design to prototype
At some point, you have to take a leap of faith :) Choose one design and prototype it. Document the making of it.
Video Prototype / Role-playing (1 minute)
- Saw for bamboo cutting
- Cutter knife for filter and water hose
- How to tie bamboo
- how to build the structure
- how to make the filter
- how to clean the filter/water
- how to make the plant holding device
- how to plant
- how to feed the fish
- how to "pump" the water
- Where to get fish
- Where to get rind of solid waste
There are a number of different fish that work well in an aquaponics set up. Common choices include:
Tilapia – the easiest fish to grow, simple to care for, and hardy to disease
Goldfish – produce a lot of waste, so ideal for this set up
Koi – They grow large and have a high resale value
Pacu – for those looking for a fancier fish
Any ornamental fish (guppies, tetras, mollies etc.)
A few less common choices include:
Carp – reproduce well and are easy to grow
Silver perch – a fast growing school fish that likes high densities
Catfish – Don’t have scales so handling needs to be kept to a minimum
Barramundi – the prince of fish in the aquaponics world
Leafy plants tend to grow best in aquaponics setups. However, if you have enough fish, you might also be able to grow fruiting plants such as peppers and tomatoes.
Here’s a list of some easy-to-grow plants for your system:
You might also be able to grow these plants if you have a heavily stocked tank and well established set up:
To help you manage your project, I suggest using a simple project management system like a Kanban/Trello board. Don't forget to
- Be specific with the task. Link to the source
- Assign one person per task. Of course, you can collaborate, but one person is responsible for the completion of one task
- Deadline. So that your team can coordinate and nothing falls between the cracks.