Accelerated Rural Drying Solutions

The innovation is a customised mobile off-the-grid solar oven room with backup power for night use with a customised dewatering press.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Year founded

1945

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10 - 50

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • South Africa

Headquarters location: City

Gauteng

Location(s) of impact

Country 1: Eastern Cape Province

Website

www.csir.co.za

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Agriculture is a core focus in SA and remains the most plausible solution to address rural employment. This innovation focus is to expedite agricultural growth and align to current government strategies. The technology will allow for greater food security improverished rural areas by reducing post harvest losses.Coupled with an off-the-grid mobile technology solution, this will allow for easy deployment in rural area where the social need is the greatest.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Due to the large number of ongoing rural agricultural community projects that we are approached to assist, the prize funding would go a long way to ensuring
technology deployment in rural areas where due to poor and impoverished conditions, such technologies would not be affordable without the aid of grant funds etc. Jobs, food security, water and energy security would go along way to assist rural communities in a mutually beneficial way and through this innovation,hopefully it can be achieved one community at a time. The targeted groups for this solution are rural communities comprising youth and women led agricultural co-operatives.Dehydrated produce can be sold or eaten helping improve nutritional intake in the local area and increasing shelf-life of the foods produced reducing post harvest losses.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

A pilot study was already conducted in a very rural Eastern Cape community on a 6-8hectare plot with only river water that could be used.This was part of an agricultural project whereby the innovation was the first tested to prove the concept. Based on the pilot data gathered,a daily 1ton drying capacity could be obtained at an average solar oven drying temperature of 65C with backup power.The water that could be potentially recovered was estimated to be >500kg per day which could be re-used for irrigation purposes hence enabling water security. A closed loop water recovery is still being designed.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Financing is predominantly through research grants currently (100%). This is expected to continue as the innovation is being deployed as part of governments funded projects such as DRDLR,DST,DTI etc.The solution is unique and fits well with government initiatives such as the Agriparks programme. Applications for funding for further technology deployments will be sought from both local and international funding agencies.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

This innovation is easy to deploy in rural areas and is easy scalable. The combined use of a custom-made press and solar mobile technology allows for a doubled productivity,lower energy usage of >50% minimal cost and reduces postharvest losses compared to other competitor designs.The technology allows for use in very rural areas where no electricity is available.The innovation has already been implemented and proven in a rural setting.The innovation also allows for multiple product generation.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Social media

Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 100%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 100%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 50%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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Photo of Arianna De Mario

great innovation! do you plan to sustain your operations by other financial means in the future and to generate a revenue?

Photo of Victor

As an An Agric Engineer and machinery developer, I'll say it's a very good invention as drying is one major post harvest processing operation where rural farmers have challenges, also providing a night time heat source will ensure Continunous drying hence good quality of food produce.
I can also say that incorporating a water recovery process is a good innovation, however, I hope it's known that such water might not be directly usable for irrigation especially if such water is From crops like Cassava chips or other food substances which have acidic contents.
The other challenge I have is with the finance model which I feel, would be better if farmers can be gathered in clusters to buy at subsidized rates in as much as they have been in farming before instead of selling to individuals or giving them out free.
The other way around that could be to install such machines per areas, and let it provide drying service at subsidized rate.
Reason being that, Government policies can change at any time and finances can delay from the government
In terms of funding. It's been a proven situation that most government initiatives without private Sustainance or public private partnerships initiatives might be unsustainable over a long period of time.
 However, over all, I believe this innovation will go a long way to help local farmers.
If after good use, it proves very effective, the institution may also consider branding it for export to help countries like mine, Nigeria, where local farmers have such drying issues and there is no much funding centrally for machineries.
Thank you
Fortified Foods Initiative 

Photo of Ramy Elmery

Wish you Good Luck with the contest. All the best.