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ORGANIZER: Orphée

EVENT: Mozilla Firefox Challenge 2011

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THE STORY:

Orphée Dossou wrote -

ABOUT US: [A great harvest, one full belly and a smile at a time]
Jola is a organization that seeks to make small scale farmers more productive and profitable by giving them access to innovations, capacity building and better markets. Hunger and the cycle of poverty are two of the most developmental challenges the world faces today. Here at Jola, we believe that improving agricultural productivity will create broad based economic growth, reduce rural poverty and reverse current migration trends thereby empowering communities through our sustainable models.

PROBLEM:
Over 50% of farmers' harvest is lost through spoilage due to the lack of a preservation technique. Traditional drying methods involve suspending food stuff in a hut above a wood-burning fire, so the smoke rises and dries the food and this is unhealthy. An alternative is drying under direct sunlight. Either way, both methods have proven to be longer(at least 4 - 10 weeks) and deleterious to the food and health.

The North West and Northern regions of Cameroon have the potential to serve as the breadbasket of the nation if more attention is given to their agriculture industries. Currently, no industry platform exists in either region; this has led to the increase in migration to cities and less capital inflow into the region. 


SOLUTION:
Our patented technology - a solar food dehydrator, is an effective, low-cost provider of a solution to food spoilage that is common among most developing nations. Using solar energy to dehydrate fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and meats, the SolPod extends the shelf lives of perishable items, giving users a simple and cost effective means of food preservation. A unique technical feature of the design is the creation of a natural flow of air over food items in a central chamber. Alternative processes bring perishable food items to cooking temperatures, and traditional methods employ harmful smoke and necessitate at least five weeks of exposure to smoke or sunlight. The SolPod requires just six hours to dry its contents under normal temperatures. With no electrical parts involved in its design, the SolPod is very inexpensive, and easy to maintain and repair.  Our business model incorporate a sustainable and micro entrepreneurship empowerment act that will greatly improve the socio economic standards of the target population. 


NOTES:


Our implementation planning members spent a month in Cameroon this past summer to test three SolPod prototypes, connect with the general population to identify and define the need for this innovation, and learn about agribusiness platforms in Cameroon. The feedback on the field was overwhelmingly positive and the team is returning in January with additional prototypes to test in more locations and to lay the foundation for launching the company. 


To read more, check out www.jolaventure.com or email us at info@jolaventure.com.

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