Fresh produce grown in the desert

Marvella Farms' mission is to provide year round locally grown fresh produce through the latest horticultural technology. Our Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) method ensures high quality produce, freshness and sustainability while being energy efficient.

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Marvella Farms' mission is to provide year round locally grown fresh produce through the latest horticultural technology. Our Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) method ensures high quality produce, freshness and sustainability while being energy efficient.

Solution

With less than 1,000 square kilometers suitable for farming, Djibouti has a chronic food deficit. Agricultural production accounts for only three percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), so Djibouti imports 90% of its food commodities. Foreign assistance is required for development projects because there are limited resources and little industry.

Marvella Farms is an oasis of 30 indoor farms, using cutting-edge hydroponic technology to produce year round fresh food to be marketed locally and exported through both the port of Djibouti and inland to support the cities of Africa.

Phased Model

Phase 1 - Climate Smart Greenhouses

For the first time, commercially scalable, weather resistant greenhouse structure with proven, subtropical hydroponic systems will be deployed to guarantee supply chain reliability. The first commercial scale food production project will grow tomatoes, onions and leafy greens, and is targeted to supply local markets, supermarkets, wholesalers and the tourism-based market across Djibouti.

Phase 1 - Climate Smart Greenhouses

Phase 2 & 3 - Greenhouse optimization and diversification into indoor robotically automated vertical farms.

Protected agriculture supporting high yield hydroponics provides the gateway to commercial scale food supply and national food security in this high risk geography. Operations during phase 2 & 3 will target the export market and grow a larger crop mix such as microgreens, herbs, garlic, peppers, berries, greens, tomatoes, onions, date palm, etc.

Phase 2 & 3 - Greenhouse optimization and diversification into indoor robotically automated vertical farms.

Key Benefits

Environmental services

Environmental services

  • Low energy consumption
  • Low water consumption
  • Zero waste operation
  • Improve local soil quality and fertility
Social benefits

Social benefits

  • Long term health benefits
  • Food Security
  • Women and youth empowerment
  • Knowledge sharing
Economic benefits

Economic benefits

  • Generation of jobs
  • Farmer income
  • Local food market supply
  • High yields
Hydroponic technology

Hydroponic technology

Our proprietary hydroponic system allows year-round production of locally grown fresh food anywhere in the world while ensuring water and energy sustainability.

Youth & Women Empowerment

Youth & Women Empowerment

Our farming operations will attract youth, both men & women, to agriculture as a career, reduce youth unemployment, and provide equal pay jobs for women.

Starting a new local industry

Starting a new local industry

We are developing long-term infrastructure, opening new markets and providing jobs and business opportunities to citizens that may eventually escape poverty and subsequently hunger in Djibouti.

Long Term Health Benefits

Long Term Health Benefits

Organic quality produce is high in nutrient content. Making this food accessible to local consumers will improve the overall health of the country.

Timeline

Power Station

Energy

Developing an indoor growing oasis in the Horn of Africa has a number of unique challenges. Electric power reliability and costs are vital to our farms as our crops require stable energy supply for proper growth and enhanced yields. Mavella Farms uses renewable solar energy that allows us to be self-sufficient in generating and controlling our energy supply. The solar energy supply from our farms can also be expanded under a PPA with local utilities, and our operational model offers a comprehensive solution as a micro-grid, supplying food, energy, and job creation to Djibouti.

Where We Are

Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa near some of the world's busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. The country is a regional transit port and international refueling center. Due to the inherent extreme weather conditions recurring droughts and pest outbreaks, Djibouti residents have little, if any, ability to grow plants and are now facing the ongoing burden of food scarcity.

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