Our modern world is a truly amazing place. We can answer calls from our wrist watch, track calories and have cars that park themselves, yet we still don’t have a viable solution to solve world hunger and famine. The Kingdom of North Sudan, the world’s newest nation, hopes to solve this problem with your assistance and fiscal sponsorship. In creating a new country, we have the opportunity to make it something truly extraordinary: a nation fully dedicated to researching and developing solutions for our current global food shortages and impending food crisis.
In supporting the North Sudan Scientific Fund, you will be contributing to the world’s largest scientific effort for finding a better way to grow and distribute food.
With your help we’ll be able to put a team together that will help us develop the structure and technology needed to revolutionize the agricultural industry. By having a clean slate, 800 square miles of land, we will work with top notch scientists to build a sustainable and efficient farming system. We’ve developed a 5-year plan so that we can accomplish this goal. Below you will find more details of what it all entails.
Like most things in life, this project originated from the most unlikely of places: a six-year old little girl’s request to her father. You see, my little girl Emily asked if she would ever be a real princess one day. Like any father would do, I told her she could be anything she wanted. Her eyes lit up with joy as she thought about that unexpected possibility.
The last step would be to take that flag and plant it in this new country, which I did on June 16, 2014, little Emily’s 7th birthday.
With this small act of love, the Kingdom of North Sudan was created and the news quickly traveled around the world, bringing unexpected “fame” to my average and humble family. But this, we would soon discover, was just the beginning.
The “Elon Musk Approach” to Agri-Science
Having created the world’s newest nation in the heart of the east African desert, the question became, “What do we do with it?” Emily, having learned about hungry children in Africa from her elementary school teacher, stated very clearly, “Grow a garden as big as our country to feed people!"
Her simple idea about growing food for people transformed itself into the project you see here today. The revenue generated by this campaign will be used to advance the next great agricultural revolution. Using the scientific funding methodology pioneered by Elon Musk (SpaceX and Tesla Motors), we intend to fully fund the world’s best scientists in a pursuit to identify new, better ways to grow food using considerably less water, within a nation whose very existence, laws and regulations will be designed to make it easier to accomplish such endeavors. All technological advancements will be provided directly to any other nation, university or corporation, free of charge. Such important innovations warrant an open source mentality, nothing less.
Given that the Kingdom of North Sudan is 800 sq. miles in size, it is a blank slate ready to be developed into a cutting-edge research center for agricultural technology and energy efficiency.
Why should you contribute to this campaign?
Human activity over the last few centuries has not been very kind to our Earth. The repercussions for our past actions are upon us; we must now improve our relationship with agriculture and water usage. Conditions are becoming less than ideal in our breadbasket areas across the globe as crop production suffers due to an increasing lack of water. Much of the water, approximately 70%, used in agriculture is wasted via runoff or evaporation. This is a considerable amount of waste when one factors in the fact that agriculture consumes approximately 70% of the world’s accessible fresh water supply.
We believe that by dedicating an entire nation to achieving agricultural improvements and building a nation that is 100% sustainable, we will gain the necessary knowledge and technological advancement to improve our future here on Earth.
Is it a lot to take on? Yes. Is it a huge project? Yes. But it is the nature of these challenges that motivates us, as it did when we decided to fly, went to the Moon, sent rovers to Mars and explored the depths of the ocean. The world does not lack the intellectual capacity to better itself. What we do seem to lack is a concerted effort within a “user friendly” environment whereby the best and brightest can come together. With the funds from this campaign, we will be able to start collaborating with top scientists and find new ways of growing food more efficiently, using less water, in a cost-effective manner. To achieve greatness, you have to dream big, and that is what we are doing. We need your help in making this dream a reality.
- If you are frustrated with the lack of substantial progress being made to counteract the impact of climate change on Earth, THIS PROJECT IS FOR YOU!
- If you are a farmer hoping to find a better way to grow food that doesn’t require genetic modification, THIS PROJECT IS FOR YOU!
- If you want to leave this world a better place for your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, THIS PROJECT IS FOR YOU!
- If you love proving people wrong who say something can’t be done, THIS PROJECT IS MOST CERTAINLY FOR YOU!
What are the next steps and how will the funds be used:
The North Sudan Scientific Fund will be used for the development of the Agricultural Research Center; affectionately called the ARC. The ARC is a modern scientific lifeboat designed to save lives by unlocking new advances in agriculture: preventing starvation, hunger and climate related interruptions in the food supply system. The North Sudan Scientific Fund ARC will allow the world’s best scientists to conduct meaningful research and collaborate in a fully-funded laboratory.
Building a country from the ground up is a huge task, and we are aware that there may be unexpected obstacles, but we have spent time detailing a plan to define what the first steps are to achieve this.
Phase 0 – Project Initiation and Diplomacy
The Kingdom of North Sudan has identified the need for advancement in agricultural science that combats the effects of global warming on crop production. The Kingdom of North Sudan seeks to develop an Agricultural Research Center (ARC) designed to house scientists, all necessary complementary personnel, and their families in an environment that is 100% clean energy-powered and highly sustainable. North Sudan will continuously work to cultivate key Diplomatic and Trade relationships with its neighbors (Egypt and Sudan) to facilitate the needs of the ARC throughout the entire Project and into the future post-completion.
Phase 1 – Concept Development – 1 Year – ($500,000)
The Kingdom of North Sudan seeks this funding to explore the following dynamics of the North Sudan Scientific Fund Program: Feasibility Study, Risk Management Plan and Cost Benefit Analysis. This will allow for defining the boundaries of concepts to be explored, and develop an understanding of the initial natural and human resources needed to support the project.
Phase 2 – Planning, Staffing and Requirement Analysis – 2 Years – ($3,000,000)
During this phase the Kingdom of North Sudan will develop a Project Management Plan for the execution of the desired goals and objectives outlined in Phase 1. This phase will determine the intellectual human capital needed to achieve the goals of the North Sudan Scientific Fund. This phase will identify and solicit the world’s best agricultural scientists, renewable energy experts, water purification specialists, plant nutritionists, social scientists, geologists, climatologist, urban planners, regional experts and other consultants needed to create the North Sudan Scientific Fund Committee.
Once established, the NSSF Committee will formalize the needs and requirements for the Agricultural Research Center (ARC). This phase will establish two interconnected aspects of the ARC:
1. Agricultural R&D Requirements: The parameters between current agricultural science technology and the requirements associated with exploration of untested theory and practice will be identified. This will identify gaps between modern processes and desired outcomes for subjects such as crop efficiency, plant health, growing environments, LPLD (Local Production / Local Distribution), Production FWL (Food Waste and Loss), improvements for small farm stakeholders, aquaponic/hydroponic nutritional requirements and more. This process will determine a starting core selection of crops and processes that are well suited for exploration in the context of growth in a protected environment, as well as to specify efficient space allocation and resource utilization.
2. Social Requirements: Key necessities will be determined to ensure the needs of the family unit are met within the ARC, as the ARC will in effect be a self-sustaining city center, and must address family life outside the work environment. This stage will include requirements for facilities for education, recreation, medical services, transportation and more.
Phase 3 – Design – 2 Years – ($2,000,000)
The North Sudan Scientific Fund will work to transform the detailed requirements into a complete, detailed system design. The design and construct of the ARC will focus on the best, most sustainable and efficient methods to deliver the required functionality needed by scientists to explore advanced methods for crop production, as well as the necessities for a family living in the ARC. The design phase will be marketed globally and will allow design firms to pitch designs that will capture the social and technical specifications of the ARC.
Phase 4 – Implementation of Preliminary Infrastructure – 3 Years ($50,000,000)
This phase sets the foundation for the construction of the ARC. This phase will establish key elements such as efficient transport systems from locations in Egypt and Sudan to North Sudan, the development of water resources within the country, power facilities, etc.
Phase 5 – ARC Construction – 3 Years – ($150,000,000)
This is the final Phase of the project, overlapping with the final year of Phase 4: The construction of the ARC. Construction will represent approximately 30% of the long-term design plans for the ARC facility. Approximately 50% of future construction will be allocated for expansion of R&D facilities and assets, with the remaining 20% for additional infrastructure such as housing, parks, social venues, etc.
The overall project goal for 5 years is $505.5 million. This is equal to 10% of the United States population contributing $15 or only 5% of the population of Europe giving $16 Euros.
Our purpose for starting with crowdfunding is to allow the world to hear your voice. This campaign is a chance to show the leaders of other nations that the citizens of the world are ready to put science to work in solving global environmental issues. Our goal with this crowdfunding campaign is to become a Top 3 campaign at the level of $20 million, and such success will increase the visibility of the project and attract larger donors with shared goals.