FoodFresh

Preserving Nature, Naturally

An affordable substitute for refrigeration to reduce food loss in developing countries by evaporation cooling & contribute to food security

Tags:
  • biomimicry
  • Food loss
  • food waste
  • microclimate
  • supply chain

Use Case

According to FAO, 45% of fruits & vegetables in developing countries never reach consumers. That’s 45% less food in markets, on tables and in mouths. This loss is a result of farmers and market vendors lacking adequate protection for produce from temperature & humidity. Most farmers have no electricity nor the budget to buy a refrigerator. Nearly half of a farmers’ investment of time & resources including water, land, energy, labor, capital is needlessly wasted, causing higher prices and food shortages, and contributing so to global warming & climate change. The local solution: evaporation cooling cannot be used by most people. Key constraints of current coolers: 50 -100l of water a day (100 kg crops), hygiene problems (bacteria & mold), performance relies on wind, expensive: $50 - 100.

Potential

FoodFresh will reduce post-harvest losses by providing sustainable solution to hunger and food insecurity. In Bangladesh alone, FoodFresh will make a direct impact for over 4 million farmers who are active in horticulture. This is also appropriate for a lot of African countries that are dependent on agriculture. The farmers do not have access to refrigeration equipment which are expensive and devour a lot of energy. When the shelf life is prolonged, the farmers have better quality crops, less wasted resources, better bargaining position and increased profits. Market vendors do not have to use formalin to keep food fresh while consumers get more, better, & nutritious food. So, less food wasted means that now there is more food to feed the 9 billion people.

Business Case

FoodFresh is a solar-powered micro-climate chamber to increase shelf life of fruits & vegetables, with an evaporation cooling system. It lowers post-harvest losses to 20%. Targeted at small-scale farmers -70% of population in developing countries- and using locally available materials, it costs $10 to fit into their budget. It provides 13.4% return on investment in first year. With subsidies from government & solar technology, we can roll-out a better, cheaper model to supply entire production chain. This would increase the productivity without increasing the workload or investment, by simply reducing the losses. It can also be used by consumers at home, at the marketplace or during transportation.

Objectives:

  1. Decrease vegetable and fruit loss to 20% and prolong the shelf life by up to a week
  2. Reducing post-harvest loss as an effective & sustainable solution to hunger and food insecurity: less food loss means more food available
  3. Farmers benefit from increased income, less wasted resources, better bargaining position against wholesalers because of prolonged shelf life

Team InnoVision

Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Business / Social Enterprise
  • Food Waste / Consumer Issues
  • Asia

Our Team

ROUND 2 AWAITS !!! ^_^ / Published December 18, 2014 by Samiha Zaker

ROUND 2 AWAITS !!! ^_^

Team InnoVision with their project 'FoodFresh' will be off to Global Food Summit in Portugal this February as one of the 10 finalists out of 336 teams.

We can't express in words how super-excited we were to get this incredible news, and can't wait to share our idea with the world and meet the wonderful people working to ensure food security :D

Love from Bangladesh to everyone and we look forward to meet you all in Lisbon! :)

Pitch Video / Published December 8, 2014 by Samiha Zaker

Pitch Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB_1qkALcKQ

Let's just say, we believe MORE IS MORE ! ^_^ So here's our pitch again, but in a different way :P

Post-it Fiends: Meet the Team behind the scenes / Published December 8, 2014 by Samiha Zaker

Post-it Fiends: Meet the Team behind the scenes

On Time, On Target: Our Design Statement / Published December 7, 2014 by Lamia Anwar Shama

On Time, On Target: Our Design Statement

In low-income countries, food is wasted mostly during the early and middle stages of the food supply chain; much less food is wasted at the consumer level. More than 70% of population in these countries are dependent on agriculture for their survival, but in the warm climate, long distances and poor communications, almost half of their grown fruit and vegetables are ultimately lost.

This huge post-harvest losses result from inadequate means of preservation and the lack of cheap solutions for the problem. To feed the 9 billion people, we need to minimize this loss by preserving & keeping fresh what is already grown: less food loss means more food available in markets, on tables and in mouths. Given that many smallholder farmers in developing countries live on the margins of food insecurity, a reduction in food losses could have an immediate and significant impact on their livelihoods and be an effective & affordable solution to hunger & food insecurity.

Working Principle of FoodFresh: Biomimicry- Learning from nature

In the fields fruits and vegetables grow in the sun without any form of cooling. Crops can have a core temperature of 37°C or 100°F on the field and be in perfect condition. This is because on the fields, roots of crops still receive water from the soil which prevents them from getting dehydrated and stops enzymes inside the cells of the vegetables from breaking down. Using this lesson from nature, we developed our product, FoodFresh. Mimicking nature, if we can keep fruits and vegetables after harvesting hydrated in the same way as in the field, they can remain fresh longer and increase their shelf life, leading to more food to feed the 9 billion people

Our Mission

We think that changing could start only from the bottom, so having seen the problem of acute food crisis all around us in Bangladesh in the past few years and knowing that this problem is only going to grow exponentially in the near future, we want to use our creativity to help take the first step in combating world hunger.

Our Background

InnoVision is a team of entrepreneurs, product developers, and changemakers. We are a diverse group of students from Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, passionate about making a difference to the world.

ROUND 2 AWAITS !!! ^_^ / Published December 18, 2014 by Samiha Zaker

ROUND 2 AWAITS !!! ^_^

Team InnoVision with their project 'FoodFresh' will be off to Global Food Summit in Portugal this February as one of the 10 finalists out of 336 teams.

We can't express in words how super-excited we were to get this incredible news, and can't wait to share our idea with the world and meet the wonderful people working to ensure food security :D

Love from Bangladesh to everyone and we look forward to meet you all in Lisbon! :)

Pitch Video / Published December 8, 2014 by Samiha Zaker

Pitch Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB_1qkALcKQ

Let's just say, we believe MORE IS MORE ! ^_^ So here's our pitch again, but in a different way :P

Post-it Fiends: Meet the Team behind the scenes / Published December 8, 2014 by Samiha Zaker

Post-it Fiends: Meet the Team behind the scenes

On Time, On Target: Our Design Statement / Published December 7, 2014 by Lamia Anwar Shama

On Time, On Target: Our Design Statement

In low-income countries, food is wasted mostly during the early and middle stages of the food supply chain; much less food is wasted at the consumer level. More than 70% of population in these countries are dependent on agriculture for their survival, but in the warm climate, long distances and poor communications, almost half of their grown fruit and vegetables are ultimately lost.

This huge post-harvest losses result from inadequate means of preservation and the lack of cheap solutions for the problem. To feed the 9 billion people, we need to minimize this loss by preserving & keeping fresh what is already grown: less food loss means more food available in markets, on tables and in mouths. Given that many smallholder farmers in developing countries live on the margins of food insecurity, a reduction in food losses could have an immediate and significant impact on their livelihoods and be an effective & affordable solution to hunger & food insecurity.

Working Principle of FoodFresh: Biomimicry- Learning from nature

In the fields fruits and vegetables grow in the sun without any form of cooling. Crops can have a core temperature of 37°C or 100°F on the field and be in perfect condition. This is because on the fields, roots of crops still receive water from the soil which prevents them from getting dehydrated and stops enzymes inside the cells of the vegetables from breaking down. Using this lesson from nature, we developed our product, FoodFresh. Mimicking nature, if we can keep fruits and vegetables after harvesting hydrated in the same way as in the field, they can remain fresh longer and increase their shelf life, leading to more food to feed the 9 billion people

Our Team

Our Mission

We think that changing could start only from the bottom, so having seen the problem of acute food crisis all around us in Bangladesh in the past few ...Read More

Our Background

InnoVision is a team of entrepreneurs, product developers, and changemakers. We are a diverse group of students from Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, passionate about making ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.