AgriChain

Small farmers´ chain broker facilitating trade and food safety

Trade floor with adequate post-harvest conditions adding value to market rejected vegetables and composting bad products.

Use Case

With limited market yet having a bumper harvest, small scale farmers in rural Zimbabwe end up accepting any treat on the farm as long as a little of their produce is sold out. Buyers select the grade A crops and leave the rest as trash on the farm. The rest that is left, they carry home for their families, but, without adequate storage facilities, everything rots in a matter of day. With limited post-harvest ideas, food is lost every season every day. These small scale farmers needs sustainable market strategies, adequate storage facilities, and post-harvest knowledge and value addition ideas. With the least to reduce food waste done, virtual water and nutrients should be taken back to the soil as organic fertilizers and serve for the next production, not to the landfill.

Potential

By bringing farm fresh products from local farmers under one roof and linking farmers with prospect buyers, we ensure a reduction of food loss on the farm with a monitored selection. AgriChain will give added value to market rejected crops and make sure what was taken to the soil returns to the soil through the production of bio fertilizers reducing the impacts of climate change. Food loss will be reduced through value addition on crops making dehydrated fruits and pulps that can serve for periods of scarce especially in arid regions. This project will help farmers have market knowledge, make synergies with buyers and grow what feeds the world not the bins. There is nearly no food wastage data base from rural areas especially for developing countries, AgriChain will collaborate.

Business Case

For post-harvest tutorials, composting lessons and fruit dehydration sessions farmers will have to subscribe with us monthly. A commission will be paid per transaction rendered and an added interest will be charged to farmers who would like to link yet not registered with us. To support local farmers, we shall buy market rejected products, at a lower price, to make value added products during conference sessions and the rest will make animal feeds. Pork, chicken, dehydrated vegetables and fruit pulps will be sold to surrounding communities. Decaying crops will be shoveled to the bio fertilizers section and the end product will also be sold to local farmers.

Objectives:

  1. To establish a chain broker trade floor at community level where all crop trading transaction will be conducted.
  2. To carry a data base record on the food production, consumption and loss to sensitize sustainability at local level
  3. To add value to market rejected products as well as decaying crops under the back to the soil initiative making bio-fertilizers.

Team AgriChain

San Jóse, Costa Rica

Our Team

Our Mission

To bring the best selection of agriculture products on the market. Simultaneously reducing food loss and climate impact through processing market rejected products into value added foods, animal feeds and compost. We combine harvests from local farmers to reduce food loss as we provide adequate storage facilities during the marketing phase to elongate food shelf life, linking producers with prospect buyers to accelerate trade transactions that way preserving food products.

Our Background

In rural Zimbabwe, street vendors arrive on the farm and select the products they deem qualify the market and leaves the rest as trash. AgriChain offers a formalized trade center equipped with adequate post harvest conditions and stock analysis department controlling a food loss database comparing the quantity produced, harvested, sold and what ends up in the compost site.Market rejects are composted into bio-fertilizers and dehydrated fruits and used as animal feeds.

Our Team

Our Mission

To bring the best selection of agriculture products on the market. Simultaneously reducing food loss and climate impact through processing market rejected products into value added foods, animal ...Read More

Our Background

In rural Zimbabwe, street vendors arrive on the farm and select the products they deem qualify the market and leaves the rest as trash. AgriChain offers a formalized ...Read More

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