Maa-Bara is a minimal-waste closed-loop sustainable agricultural model that utilizes kitchen scraps to grow healthy, fresh fish and vegetables. The Maa-Bara system increases food security by boosting the productivity of small-holder farmers allowing families to grow their own food at a quantity and quality they desire in almost any location and in places where food has never been grown before. As a consortium of experts, we design and build holistic economic development projects which intersect architecture, agriculture, education, and workforce empowerment, globally.
Ogheneruno Okiomah, LEED AP, is a Nigerian-American designer, social-entrepreneur and architectural educator. Her research interests lie at the nexus of sustainable design and economic development. Ogheneruno is the CEO and Co-Founder of Maa-Bara, LLC, a social enterprise focused on growing a youth culture of agro-innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In her award-winning MIT thesis, “Maa-Bara: Catalyzing Change in Nigeria’s Niger Delta,” she collaborated with an oil-polluted fishing community and an oil company to create a mutually beneficial vision for a thriving agro-producing hub. Ogheneruno’s research received the MIT Schlossman Travel Grant (2010), MIT Architecture Department Thesis Archiving Honor (2010), SA+P Ralph Adams Cram Thesis Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research (2012) and ACSA ARCHIVE 100: Being Resourceful Competition, Honorable Mention (2011). With her co-founders Elisha Goodman and Timo Lassak, she has grown the thesis into a start-up called Maa-Bara, LLC. They equip African youths with entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and technology to convert kitchen waste into food through low-tech and locally sourced aquaponics technology- (growing fish and vegetables symbiotically).
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