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


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


Location(s) of impact

Country 1: Eastern Cape Province


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


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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?

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