This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R5539: Low-cost fruit and vegetable drying
Poor farmers are avoiding the waste and low returns associated with
overproduction of fruits and vegetables thanks to simple solar-drying
techniques. Processing in this way helps preserve the quality of produce
and provides opportunities for farmers to add value for local, regional
and international markets. Enterprises known as primary marketing
organisations (PMOs) are taking the lead in creating a commercially
viable value chain, helping farmers to introduce the new technologies
and access markets. In Uganda, more than 700 fruit farmers at 85
sites—mainly women—are using 110 solar dryers. The equipment, and the
associated business model, are also being used by poor smallholders in a
range of other developing countries, including Burkina Faso, Colombia,
Ghana, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Zambia.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (9
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH31, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 108.