Passive pre-cooler and temporary storage for horticultural farm produce.
Context: Reducing post harvest losses for horticulture; Rural Bengaluru.
Duration: 3.5 months (Jan-April '19)
The Challenge: Food Loss
Food loss is the “decrease in quantity or quality of food” of all food produced for human consumption but not eaten by humans (FAO, 2014). It takes place majorly along the supply chain.
In India, the main causes of food loss are:
Multiple Intermediaries & Handling
Absence of Reliable Market Information
Sub-standard Technology & Techniques
The initial brief framed was to design a sustainable solution, in the form of a product and system, to prevent the loss of horticultural produced its impact on the environment and people, caused by inefficiencies in farm operations in Rural Bengaluru.
Types of Damage to Horticultural Produce
Pre cooling refers to the removal of field heat, shortly after the harvest of a crop. Field heat must be removed as soon as possible, as the longer that produce stays at a higher temperature, the more will its shelf life reduce.