To improve food security, Tottori Resource Recycling Inc. wanted to utilize our technology that could make people independent. That’s where the environmentally friendly innovative foamed glass “Porous Alpha” comes in. By just mixing Porous Alpha in the soil, water-saving cultivation in dry areas is provided because Porous Alpha holds water in the soil and improves the water retention capacity. In the trials carried out in a greenhouse in Morocco, the crop yield increased by 20% with 50% less water consumption.
Based on the context above, SDGs Solution Hub aims to contribute to the promotion of the STI for SDGs initiative by solving social issues in the developing countries using Japan’s accumulated knowledge in STI.
The platform connects Japan’s innovative seeds to global and local SDGs needs. Moreover, it provides comprehensive support and attempts to initiate a business match through various initiatives that help to share information globally.
The website provides both online info-sharing and various offline support services to create new solutions for SDGs.
Since the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations (UN), the Japanese Cabinet Office has been committed to making every effort both domestically and internationally to achieve the 17 goals.
As part of promoting “Society 5.0” that commits and responds to the challenges related to the SDGs, Japan has pledged to make full use of Japan’s accumulated knowledge in the realm of STI (Science, Innovation, and Technology) for future international cooperation.
Specifically, under the STI for SDGs initiative led by the Cabinet Office, Japan currently enforces 1) establishing the “Guiding Principles for STI for SDGs Roadmap”, 2) setting up “STI for SDGs Platform”, and 3) increasing the number of international collaborative researches using Official Development Assistance (ODA).
By mixing “Porous alpha” into the soil, the water retention capacity and the aeration in the soil are improved, and irrigation water consumption can be reduced by 50% alongside with keeping or improving yield. The technology brought successful results in many regions, including Japan, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.