As part of the first Flood Resilience Innovation Conference hosted by Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), in alliance with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Zurich Insurance, one of the key objectives was to showcase local solution for complex problems. One of the main approaches led by Hamburg University of Technology was the Lead User methodology. This method aims to spot local solutions already being developed by communities to adapt to their own needs.
Mr Made Kusuma, an environmental health graduate from Gunung Kangin, Bali, was one of the lead users who thrilled the audience with his innovation initiative. Kusuma was desperate because of the lack waste management in his community and seeing numerous floods in the area being caused by this issue. One day when observing the environment he realised that sometimes nature itself has the solution for this complex problems.
Made Kusuma started testing an eco-friendly and holistic technique to reduce organic waste using a local insect, the Black Soldier Fly. This fly is a tropical species that can break down organic matter and can reproduce as much as three times a year. The larvae can consume organic waste in large quantities faster and more efficient than other known species of its kind. When using this tiny friend the organic waste reduction lies between 60-80%, presenting a huge step forward regarding flood resilience. As an extra perk, the larva contains 40% of protein and 30% of fat, features that can represent a sustainable alternative to feeding animals.
Currently, Mr Kusuma is working with two collectors to gather organic waste from nearby hotels. Applying his method, he uses the leftovers to produce food for his animals. Once the process is sharpened, he wants to start a business selling animal food as well as fertiliser on a larger scale.