A sustainable food supply chain value ecosystem
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report of 2015 in the city of Arusha in Tanzania, just like other cities in Africa about 45% of food especially fruits, vegetables and honey gets spoilt and lost through poor handling, packaging, storage and distribution from farms to final consumers.
An attempt to improve food supply chain value and subsequently reduction of post-harvest losses of food in some towns in Tanzania has brought an innovative idea of developing or creating a solar powered tricycle that will be used to handle, store and distribute food from farms to final consumers. Unlike the Manual pedaling tricycles need a lot of energy to make them move forward and those which use fossil fuels, are relatively expensive to operate and are environmentally unfriendly when compared to the proposed solar powered tricycle. In addition, the manual tricycles are ergonomically tiresome, cannot cover long distance in a day,
do not contain cold storage facilities and carry little load.
The proposed innovative solution will improve food nutritional values and food security while
fostering economic empowerment and the welfare of small scale farmers and food entrepreneurs.
In addition the proposed innovative solution will increase food market access to the farmers,
suppliers, markets and final consumers. Whereas this innovative technology will reduce post
harvest losses of food from the current 45% of the total production to 5% by the year 2050 in the city of Arusha while it will also expand employment opportunities for youths and women from marginalized communities.
The operation of using a solar powered tricycle to reduce post harvest food losses will be
enhanced by the use of Short Message Services (SMS) system to gather productive information and communication from farmers and deliver information on the availability of various
foodstuffs to distributors, markets custodians and consumers