H2Grow’s Hydroponics Research Event: Nurturing global community of hydroponics experts to share knowledge

Highlights from the H2Grow Research Event, October 2020.
  • Create an active community of practice. It is very important to create a community of practice when implementing hydroponics in the field. Field teams should practice knowledge sharing by compiling success stories and case studies. Establish an engaged community of “hydroponic nerds”.
  • Listen to hydroponic farmers and other users. Ask them about the challenges they are facing and how they are overcoming these issues.
  • Involve local institutions and governments for technical assistance and follow-ups and continue training of trainers. This is essential for long-term success.
  • Study each area separately. Bring community members with different expertise to the field and ideate on location, design solutions in interdisciplinary teams and identify individual solutions for each context.
  • Use recyclable and upcycled materials. Especially in refugee camps and areas of severe underdevelopment, recycled/upcycled materials can be key inputs for hydroponic units.
  • Design and develop alternative approaches. Even in contexts with a pre-existing hydroponics culture, there is an opportunity to simplify and lower costs.

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