ADDRESSING POST-HARVEST LOSSES.
by CLARA IBIHYAfrom CLAPHIJO ENTERPRISE https://web.facebook.com/ClaphijoEnterprisesLimited/
The food problem is largely due to inability to preserve food rather than low production. Farmers are encouraged to increase production with limited measures/plans for post-harvest handling and processing. Farmers depend mainly the urban markets, however during peak season prices drop drastically or no market at all. Markets flooded with similar goods some are highly perishable. Adding on this, poor infrastructure network, lack of storage /processing facilities, skills and technology.
What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community
The main purpose of the project is to preserve fruits and vegetables against spoilage. The loss is attributed to poor management and handling facilities from farm-market-consumers. If all excess produce can be processed the prices for fresh commodities can be maintained at a profitable levels. Food will be available throughout and in feelings towards refugees because people will be busy farming, processing and marketing.
How has it been implemented and what impact it had
The technology was practiced by countless households and it ensured food availability all year round. Increased production, demand of raw material, market assurance for raw and dried products, increased nutritional status, improved lifestyle increase in income, improved environment due to farm circle planning, minimize urban migration, job creation and affording healthy, housing and education bills.
Our Skills and Experience
CLAPHIJO has vast experience in fabricating driers and training good processing practices, entrepreneurship skills and business management. Develop curriculum to train (even those who have no/or formal schooling) as it is based more on practical sessions. Trained more than 150 groups nationally, conducted training of trainers in Namibia, Kenya and Uganda.