About the Springboard Programme
The Youth SDG innovation platform for Asia-Pacific
Cultivera LLC. was founded in Japan in 2016 by Shohei Toyonaga.
Global warming, resource depletion and the global food crisis are major world problems that we face. Problems that are causing further global issues, such as social unrest and conflict.
The agricultural industry leads in the utilization of the world’s freshwater resource, accounting for about 70% of its use. What Cultivera has done, is develop an agricultural technique that conserves resources while enhancing the taste and vitality of vegetable crops.
We have developed a technology that allows plants to take root in the harshest of environments, by promoting the growth of ‘capillary roots’ or ‘moisture-absorbing roots’ – a form of root that plants develop when exposed to high stress conditions.
Cultivera’s mission is to extend ‘life’ through the use of Moisculture. This technology liberates plants from the land and water constraints of the world, allowing for the sustainable production of vegetable crops anywhere in the world. We are currently challenging this technology to the next step, by using seawater to grow crops.
We aim to develop an agricultural system that uses Moisculture and the nutrients contained in seawater, in order to support a growing population that inhabits a world with an every-changing climate.
Focusing primarily on SDG
"While this experience has been amazing in a number of different ways, the largest takeaway for me has been the connections I have made with so many young innovative entrepreneurs.
The Youth Co:Lab Programme brings together such a diverse group of individuals, each with a goal to better the world in some way. While some concepts may seem separate and unrelated, I believe that improvements in one area of the sustainable development goals will impact the progress of the SDGs as a whole.
As such, it has truly been a great experience being part of a programme that brings together people with all sorts of ideas and backgrounds, as it has enabled communication and collaboration that could lead to the development of a better future."
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