CFS TractionTraction is very important for a new company, especially when seeking investments. It's one thing to have an idea. It's something else to move that idea forward and garner serious interest and support.
Sometimes traction is counted via revenue, which is great for a company with an existing product that's looking to expand. But in the case of CFS, we're moving towards Prototype Development, building our product for testing and refinement, and as a Demo Model to showcase to people who are currently interested and future customers. So for us, Traction is about building interest and becoming a relevant player.
To that end, we've been active in getting out there to show people who we are and what we're all about, and the interest is mounting. Here is a list of notable events and interest for CFS:
May 2015: Invited to the UNFAO Headquarters in Rome to participate in the Private Sector Mechanism annual meeting. Met with Ministers of Agriculture from several nations (India, Uganda, etc) as well as various diplomats and dignitaries. Shared CFS work and vision. Interest is there, but building the Demo Model is key. Also became part of the Water Working Group (advancing sustainable water practices and having input in key international documents) and Talent Development in Agriculture Working Group (key focus on helping young people and women gain interest in advanced agriculture). Our work at CFS brings value to both these working groups. This will now be an ongoing thing as we are delegates of the UN Committee on World Food Security, Private Sector Mechanism.
October 2014: Invited by the United Nations FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva, via the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) of the Committee on World Food Security, to participate in the 3rd FAO Private Partnerships Meeting in Rome, Italy on October 15th, 2014. Discussions were on partnerships with the FAO, member entities, and policy with regards to enhancing support for smallholder farming operations, improving food security and reducing food waste and loss.
February 2014: Meetings in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This business trip was to meet with His Excellency Soubert Son and some of his contacts. Mr. Son is the Advisor to the Khmer Foundation for Justice, Peace and Development and High Privy Councilor to His Majesty the King of Cambodia. Our CEO met Mr. Son at a previous Initiatives of Change conference in Caux, Switzerland in 2010, where the initial discussion and interest in CFS was developed. This week long trip resulted in three formal Letters of Interest (included in the CFS Business Plan).
- The first Letter of Interest is from Mr. Soubert Son, with interest to get CFS facilities into the orphanages he oversees and to help revolutionize agriculture throughout Cambodia.
- The second Letter of Interest comes from Mr. Sophat Yun, Director of Huy Yun Agriculture, to utilize CFS facilities with their operations.
- The third Letter of Interest is from Kassie Neou, Owner and Managing Director of EcoFarm and Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute of Human Rights, to utilize CFS facilities in their operations.
January 2014: 10th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Split, Croatia. An academic conference where we submitted a paper and were accepted to present about CFS and our work. This led to meeting Dr. Uday Chipalkatty of Ira Sustainable Water Solutions, where interest in a partnership developed to utilize CFS facilities with their water projects throughout India.
December 2013: SecondSight "2014 Future and Beyond" event, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Invited to speak about CFS and our Sustainable Agriculture vision, including being interviewed and published in their post-conference book. Developed contacts to get CFS facilities in and around Amsterdam when we’re in production. This trip also included a meeting with Rabobank at their headquarters in Rotterdam, who expressed interest when we’re in production.
July 2013: Initiatives of Change, Trust and Integrity in a Global Economy (TIGE) Conference, Caux, Switzerland. Invited to speak about CFS and our Sustainable Agriculture vision. We found our African Affairs Advisors at this conference and are happy to work with them to develop relationships in Uganda and Nigeria.
February 2013: Article on CFS by Seedstock.com. Although reflecting the older initial design, many of the points addressed in this article still reflect our goals and mission.
In the 21st century, it is unconscionable that anyone should go hungry, that we should waste as much food as we do, or that we should be using so much fresh water for old fashioned agricultural practices, especially given our advanced agricultural knowledge and technical capabilities. Today we have Smart Cars, Smart Phones, Smart Grids and more, so it’s about time we have Smart Greenhouses.
Our mission at Cybernated Farm Systems (CFS) is to eliminate the gap between global production and distribution of clean, healthy foods to the people of the world. Using a responsible mix of science, engineering, technology and nature, we have designed a Smart Aquaponic Greenhouse system, delivering produce and fish, that is environmentally conscious and robust in performance and sustainability.
In conjunction with global partners such as governments and humanitarian organizations, and with residential and commercial partnerships, our mission is to help bring about a Second Agricultural Revolution (Agro2.0), not by buying food for people, or even trying to rehabilitate their landscape for 17th century styled agriculture that wastes fresh water, ruins soil and is subject to weather, but to empower them with easy to manage food production facilities that address their survival needs immediately.