Female engineer making contribution towards food preservation – BioInnovate Fellowship experiences

Smallholder farmers in eastern Africa produce a diverse variety of fruits and vegetables that have unique nutritional and economic value. However, the value that can be derived from these crops is adversely reduced due to postharvest losses, seasonal production, limited value addition and challenges in market access. This in turn compromises food security and economic empowerment in the region. The use of  affordable food preservation technologies has the potential to reduce postharvest losses by up to 68%.

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Product development and market surveys for value-added foods – BioInnovate Fellowship experiences

For agricultural economist, Diana Asero, the BioInnovate Africa fellowship, with the guidance of Prof Arnold Onyango, gave her an in depth and hands-on experience in the process of product development and market surveys of value-added fruits and vegetable bioproducts from the  Refractance window drier. In the four months that she spent at the Food and Technology Department of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology (JKUAT), Kenya, Diana was able to develop dried fruit snacks from papayas, pineapples and mangoes. Additionally, she also carried out a market survey to gain customer feedback on the products.  She describes her experience:

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Dr. Peggy Oti-Boateng appointed new Director of Science Policy and Capacity building at UNESCO

BioInnovate Africa congratulates Dr. Peggy Oti-Boateng for her recent appointment to the position of Director of the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building in the Natural Sciences Sector  at UNESCO Headquarters as of 1st November 2018. Dr. Oti-Boateng is the Chairperson of the BioInnovate Africa Programme Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC provides technical support and strategic guidance to BioInnovate Africa, which is so far, the largest regional innovation-driven bioeconomy initiative in Africa!

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