"The War against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation"
-John F. Kennedy
Farms Not Arms (FNA) is Peace Accelerator's scalable sustainability initiative to help alleviate hunger across the planet utilizing the most sustainable farming techniques and practices available. We collaborate with developing areas to build smart farms using locally sourced Supplies, focusing especially in planetary regions most susceptible to violence and most starved for resources.
Data shows that one of the most imperative, effective ways to create a peaceful future is by eliminating world hunger.
The world already produces enough food for 10 billion people - displaying this is more than possible.
Farms not Arms in an initiative to designed to encourage much more spending worldwide from all sources (private and public) on sustainable farming and food distribution solutions.
Farms not Arms also encourages and seeks to stimulate agency, helping communities become self-reliant rather than dependent on outside aid.
How it works
In the last few decades education and revolutions in technology have given us groundbreaking insight and precision in understanding the life cycle and resources required to grow nutrition and crops. Unfortunately many of these practices are not yet being used, especially in the areas of the planet that desperately need them most.
Farms Not Arms is currently in a Proof of Concept Stage (POC) focusing on one refugee camp called Shatila, outside of Beirut.
If the first operation is proven efficacious we will then scale the initiative to under-nourished communities worldwide.
The POC stage will occur in 3 phases:
FNA Phase 1
Full Industry Collaboration NYC EVENT
Often on Planet Earth humans create companies and tribal identities that mentally trick ourselves into thinking we cannot collaborate with organizations working toward similar or parallel goals.
Peace Accelerators believe collaboration is essential to creating the future we all want.
FNA Phase 1 consists of bringing all the best urban farming minds together from across NYC for an event to discuss the best potential solutions for the targeted region for FNA. We are calling the event "Convivencia" meaning to coexist or to live together in harmony. In mid October of 2017 we are holding an event inviting all the best urban agriculture engineers, farmers, developers, and financiers as well as PR companies to brainstorm the best Smart-Farm blueprint for success at Shatila Camp.
At Convivencia we will spend one evening discussing different data-driven hypotheses for what potential Smart Farms structures could be built in Shatila Camp using local resources that could liberate and stimulate the local community through a transition of being reliant to being self-sufficient, empowered, and educated. We will also be recruiting ten of the attendees to come with us on PHASE 2, our resource assessment trip as Astronaut Farmers.
Astronaut farmers are 21st century farmers with years of education and experience in:
1. sustainable urban farming practices
2.smart-farm and Vertical Farm architecture and Design
Astronaut farmers are scholars of resource and Nutrient maximization; well versed in hydroponic, aquaponic, aeroponics, close-looped,and vertical Agriculture systems.
If you'd like to be invited to Convivencia, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
1. Your name and contact
2. Your industry background
3. How your voice and mind will benefit the conversation.
We are looking to keep this event to only 30 experts in the field.
FNA Phase 2
Resource and Cultural Assessment trip
In January of 2017 Peace Accelerators will take 10 astronaut (urban) farmers and a media crew from NYC to Shatila to meet up with locals in the camp and assess the feasibility of the SmartFarm blueprint created at Convivencia. We will be assessing local, available, resources that have been communicated to us via email and confirm their existence. We will also be speaking to local community leaders, officials, and populace to learn as much as we can about the culture of the camp.
Peace Accelerators seek to celebrate and learn from the cultures of each area we work with.
Our goal is only to educate and demonstrate to local populaces efficient ways of growing nutrients people of the area may not already be aware of in order to help them maximize their limited resources.
We believe in nonviolence. We are happy to share this belief with others and its potential effectiveness without the need for any request of conversion, adoption, or pledge.
Beyond nonviolent communication strategies we are not encouraging or endorsing any spiritual teachings or cultural dogma.
10 Astronaut Farmers
1 Wk Resource Assessment
Shatila Camp, Lebanon
FNA Phase 3
April 2018 is the final phase of the proof of concept stage for FNA, 'The Build.'
We will be bringing 10 Astronaut Farmers back to Shatila Camp for 3 weeks to build an intelligently designed smart farm with the help of many locals in the area.
A few of us will stay longer making sure the local community is well educated on how to use it and how to grow crops efficiently.
The goal of 'the build' is not only to build a smart farm -- but to teach locals how they can build one on their own, with resources they already have available.