Solve the global food crisis, win $1 million

President Clinton challenged business students to solve the global food crisis for $1 million in seed money. The winner? A startup working to get insects into slums. Here are the finalists for the Hult Prize.

Garden on a strip

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  • Startup: Reel Gardening
  • Team: University of Capetown, South Africa

Reel Gardening has developed a unique seed system that can be grown into a vegetable or herb garden in nearly any climate.

The startup created a paper strip that comes pre-packaged with seeds and fertilizers so it can be easily planted and maintained. The strip uses 80% less water than more traditional methods of planting because it requires water only at the exact location of each seed, said team leader and inventor Claire Reid.

"Our paper encases the seed along with a water-retaining mineral, which keeps the water you use near the seed," said Reid. "This also enables a constant germination process."

Reel Gardening is based in Johannesburg where it has tested the concept for the past three years. The startup also has projects in place across South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.

- Last updated September 24 2013 11:43 AM ET
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