(Very) Locally Grown
I just read about what is being called a supply chain revoluiton in the US. It's an interesting idea and it might ever work better in Nicaragua. Strange as this sounds, the concept is to grow food crops on the roof of supermarkets.
The company that started this is named Bright Farms. What the company does is to construct the farms and train local farmers. The supermarket supplies the space and agrees to buy the products. There is more information, including a TED video about this on Next World TV.
What does his company do differently? They build greenhouse farms, on the property of supermarkets! They build on the roof, at their distribution centers, in their communities. They enable the stores to offer fresh produce, picked that day right on the property, for the same price as tasteless produce being shipped in from Mexico, California or Arizona. The shorter and vastly simpler supply chain enables them to be price competitive.
What a unique business model: Bright Farms puts up the money for these greenhouse farms. They build the facility, and train local farmers. The stores simply commit to buying the produce.
The video talks about why this concept makes sense. But it may be even better in Nicaragua.
- Nicaragua weather should make it cheaper and more efficient to implement this here rather than, for example, in Boston.
- There is a problem with rural folks selling the farm, moving to the city and being unemployable. This could address that issue.