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How the sun's rays can keep food chilled: fighting waste in Africa
by Kate Hodal

The Guardian    Translate This Article
28 December 2017

On 28 December 2017 The Guardian reported: Two low-tech innovations for storing fruit and vegetables could help save some of the food that goes to waste in a continent where millions are hungry. Entrepreneur Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, 35, is hoping his innovation will address the problem in his country, Nigeria. At the age of 21, he established a smallholders foundation to help farmers improve their yields; later he developed a state-wide radio farming programme that gives advice on topics ... Now he has turned his attention to mobile, solar-powered storage facilities. In Uganda, meanwhile, engineering graduate Lawrence Okettayot, 23, is seeking to address food waste in his country. His solution comes in the form of dehydration rather than cold storage. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The Sparky Dryer, as he and his colleagues call it, runs on biofuel from a farmer's garden, which burns with zero-carbon emissions to dehydrate the farmer's chosen produce, be it mangoes, guavas, pineapples or even cereals such as maize and sorghum.

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