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Reducing Food Waste

fruit stand
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This project seeks to give Indian smallholder farmers access to food preservation technology, which is normally too expensive and risky to own individually. The team designed, built and tested affordable dryer and cooler prototypes that were scaled over a year of product development to meet farmers’ specifications. Next steps include evaluating economic benefits of the technologies and scaling potential to other agricultural products and regions with India-based partners through market surveys, pilot studies, business model development and recruitment of India-based entrepreneurial partners to incubate ventures for cooling and drying units.

Learn more about the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program and other funded projects.

Principal Investigators:

Sally Benson (Energy Resources Engineering, Precourt)

Rosamond Naylor (Earth System Science )

Michael Machala (Energy Resources Engineering)