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Using Technology to Reduce Hunger: Girls Who Innovate Winner Sanvi M.

We’re featuring blogs from winners of the EIA: Girls Who Innovate Competition, which challenged girls around the world to propose solutions around the growth, production, distribution and consumption of food.

Sanvi Mathur
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Today we’re featuring a blog from Sanvi, a  13 year old student who placed “honorable mention” in the 13-15 year old division.

My Journey:

It all started in the summer when my dad showed me a program just for girls called “Ericsson Innovation Awards: Girls Who Innovate.” It was a program held by Ericsson but the title is really what caught my eye. Since the topic was related to solving world hunger it inspired me to participate. Also, this topic is really close to my heart and I would like to push my ability to make a significant contribution in this area. This was an opportunity to finally get to learn something new and get my brain working while I was on vacation. During my whole trip to India I had thought of multiple ideas that added the touch of technology and really stood out. I didn’t want to think of this project as school work or anything but actually an experience I’ve been through myself.

How is my idea relevant?

If I hadn’t visited India and the scarce region I wouldn’t have realized the actual meaning of world hunger or get my idea for this project. Below is a picture of the idea I came up with for this project. As you go down you can see the steps or traces that lead to the actual technology I would use to solve the environmental health issue. This is just the beginning of my thinking for world hunger and my main project that has the structure (tech) to help and save crops (sustainable growth) is really my achievement and I hope you can also take in something from my thought process for Zero Hunger “Girls Who Innovate!”

Sanvi’s eSoil and eCrop ecosystem

Sanvi Mathur


My idea for a sustainable growth to address Zero hunger and food surplus is by creating an eco system which contains technological aids for farmers to be able to grow more organically and then for people to have a better management of food surplus.

The following measures would help developing an ecosystem with the help of technology:

  1. eSoil sensing: A sensor network to smartly monitor and fulfill nutrition level of soil to its optimal level. Farmers can control and monitor this using their phones.
  2. eCrop clinic: Farmers to get expert advice and real time support to better manage crop and soil
  3. Crop protection: Solar powered electronic system to help control bugs and birds which can harm the crops
  4. eStorage: Cold Storage management using smart parking lot concept to reduce cost for farmers to store the crop
  5. Food Chain: A smartphone app connecting people who have surplus food with people and organizations who are in need of food. This would help controlling food wastages.”

Click here to learn more about the EIA: Girls Who Innovate program and Ericsson’s commitment to girls in technology.

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EIA: Girls Who Innovate Competition

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