Solar Food Processing and Conservation (Phase I)

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The implementation of technologies for food processing and conservation using solar energy can help reduce poverty, create local economic opportunities, improve health conditions, while reducing environmental damage. In countries with high solar radiation potentials solar technologies can assist the sustainable development of rural communities. However, the full potential of solar food processing technologies is yet to be explored. In this project the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) established a global network of interested parties (NGO's, politicians, farmers, cooperatives and experts), to gather information and knowledge for the further development and promotion of efficient methods for solar food processing and conservation. An internet platform for solarfood has been established to assist the network where participating projects are presented and information is exchanged. Phase II and III of the projects have also been supported under SEPS.

Projects with same technology

Improving Cacao Production and Processing While Meeting Cooking Fuel Demand in Ecuador (CRECER)

To customise biodigesters and solar dryers to meet cooking fuel demand and increase the quality and value of the cacao bean, as well as providing sustainable cacao cultivation training

Projects in same country

The solar food network ( was established in 2006 with the financial support of WISIONS. The project's aim is to provide ideas and examples of food processing with sustainable energy sources in developing countries. So far it has been a successful network, with over 200 registered members from more than 40 countries. The website continuously attracts visitors and new registrations. No fees are charged for registration. The main objective of this short-term support was to update the website's practice module, making it more attractive and informative for visitors to the site. To reach this aim the template for uploading project data has been updated and a selection of good practice examples from SEPS projects and other projects have been added to the website. Overall, the website has been improved with audio-visual material such as images and videos that now provide visitors with ideas and successful examples of harvesting solar energy for the commercial production of food products.