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Conceptualization of ideation / Published April 9, 2018 by Reginald Victor Runyoro

Reginald Victor Runyoro

Conceptualization of ideation

When conceptualizing an idea, it is crucial to ask questions like what is the problem that the idea solves, who is the consumer for the idea, does the idea solve the consumer’s problems and how will the solution be delivered to the consumer.
During the conceptualization of the posts harvest food loss in Arusha city and Tanzania as a whole - it was clear that ideas in a specific market place aligned to their strategic intent and also the broad opportunities from the idea succeeded the idea through the study the customer need, market environment, competition, business strategy of the enterprise and the eco-system consisting of partners and suppliers in the market for the post harvest loss of food idea.
The choices for the idea wasn't vaccum, however it involved the Arusha city community members, customers, market and engineering experts to the right choices for the business model of an idea to be successful. Fortunately, everyone single or group of people where very overwhelmed by the novel idea, however they said that the idea will need a lot investment but with a lot social, environmental and financial returns in less than a year.
According to a private engineering company in Arusha city (Hans Paul Automotives) the business idea must deliver greater value to customers value at a lower cost, while ensuring environmental sustainability.
Conceptualizing the post harvest food loss idea with a clear view of its competitive positioning, target market of the enterprise are critical factors in the success of an innovation.

Ideation to solution / Published March 22, 2018 by Reginald Victor Runyoro

Reginald Victor Runyoro

Ideation to solution

Ideation is the generation of ideas to formulate a solution.
The development of innovative and crazy ideas are generated from this amazing design thinking path of ideation.
* How might we improve the spread of information of available food from the food farmers to the market and customers.
* How might we narrow the big gap that exist between farmers, distributors and consumers in the city to keep large volumes of food in markets and homes respectively?
* How might we discard post harvest losses of food and foster sustainable food supply chain value in Arusha city?
* How might we utilize solar energy while ensuring a responsible handling, storage and distribution of food from the farms to the final consumers?

Defining the Problem Statement / Published March 22, 2018 by Reginald Victor Runyoro

Reginald Victor Runyoro

Defining the Problem Statement

A good understanding of the global food system with its challenges and opportunities is a condition for responsible consumption and sustainable production.
Through co creation we are trying to give the local communities in Arusha city with the necessary insights to become global citizens with a deep understanding of our current food system.

The growing of food demand in the city of Arusha and other neighboring towns and villages are increasing and the sustainable food handling, storage and distribution has become the front case to be implemented to discard food insecurity and poverty.

According to Jonas Ndunguru from Food for the Future program in Arusha, food security is when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Food security can be attained only if communities will put in place other relating activities that will lead to sustainability incl. respecting the environment, time management in all aspects of operations, efficient use of fertilizers, water saving technologies, reducing food waste, gender equality and partnerships with individuals, institutes, organizations and companies that are willing to impact access to and availability of nutritious, sustainable food.

Creating a system to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing would help youth to gain confidence and knowledge in a sector that systematically discourages them. Youth face issues of perception when trying to secure loans and funding to establish themselves. Supporting youth with logistical matters and overcoming perceptions and obstacles would increase youth engagement and success.

Post-harvest losses of food and lack of food transportation / Published March 13, 2018 by Reginald Victor Runyoro

Reginald Victor Runyoro

Post-harvest losses of food and lack of food transportation

There has been high rate of post harvest food losses in many developing countries, which is caused by inferior technology in harvesting, transportation, storage both at the farms and markets and distribution before it reaches the final consumers.
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 50% of food especially fruits, vegetables and honey gets spoilt and lost through poor handling, packaging, storage and distribution from farms to final consumers (FAO, 2015)..
On one hand small scale farmers harvest farm products unsystematically because they lack clear information on available markets while on the other hand, final consumers of food are short of records on when the preferred foodstuffs are delivered in markets. Whereas food suppliers and transporters take advantage of plentiful harvest at the farms by pulling down prices and buy large amounts, and business people at the markets and vendors hoard plenty of food, poor handling, storage and distribution facilities at all those stages make about 50% of the total yields in Arusha city to get spoilt and lost before reaching final consumers.

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