University of Nairobi Postharvest Project Exhibition at the 6th RUFORUM Conference

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Thu, 2018-11-08 10:43

 University of Nairobi Postharvest Project Exhibition at the 6th RUFORUM Conference

 

The University of Nairobi Postharvest Project was one of the more than 90 exhibitors at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference which was held from 22nd to 26th October at the Kenyatta International Conference Center. The UON Postharvest Project is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation (YieldWise Initiative) and the National Research Fund.

The project team led by the Principal Investigator, Dr. Jane Ambuko used the opportunity as an avenue to show-case various low-cost postharvest management technologies and products which can be adopted by smallholder farmers to reduce postharvest losses in fruits and vegetables. At the project exhibition booth labeled ‘Empowering Smallholder Horticultural Farmers through Postharvest Aggregation and Processing Centers’, various postharvest handling, storage and processing technologies were displayed physically or explained on banners, fact-sheets and short-video clips.

Examples of the postharvest technologies showcased included the Coolbot™, a low-cost alternative to conventional cold rooms developed by Store-it-Cold international in partnership with UC Davis; Extend® modified atmosphere packing, waxing innovations; sanitizing agents for fruits & vegetables; Dehytray™, a simple portable solar dryer developed by Purdue University; Drycard® a simple innovation that is used to confirm optimal levels for safe storage of dried foods. For technologies such as evaporative charcoal cooler, zero energy brick cooler and Tunnel solar dryer which could not be physically displayed, a self-explanatory banner describing them and how they work was displayed.

Also displayed at the exhibition booth were processed fruit and vegetable products including mango juice/pulp/concentrate, dried mango chips, mango leather, dried tomatoes, dried leafy vegetables (sukuma wiki and managu), dried/milled banana, moringa, butternut and pumpkin. There were short video clips to explain step by step processing of some of the products and this was a major attraction for the visitors to the booth who wanted to know how to process some of the products.

Some of the visitors from across Africa have since followed up with the project PI regarding access to and dissemination of some of the technologies in their countries.

 

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