Wakati One

Arne Pauwels

Product description Brand name and product description

Wakati One is a preservation technique for fruits and vegetables in developing countries. Keeping the quality of the crops is essential for expanding both the local market and the highly profitable export market, both drive local economies. With 45% of the crops that end up as waste (UN FAO) there is a lot of room to increase productivity, especially in countries like Kenya and Tanzania. Interview with inventor

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Indonesia. Interview with inventor

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"
Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

$100 USD Interview with inventor

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS)

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 2: improve food security and nutrition, by preventing gastrointestinal issues due to poorly preserved food.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

The target user groups are fruit and vegetable producing smallholders, with special attention for female farmers. Post-harvest losses are a concern for everyone making a living of fresh crops in developing countries and is becoming a key focus of many NGOs. Beside the NGOs, agricultural wholesalers are the other key customers, as they have a direct line to almost every small-holder farmer in developing countries, of which 247 million live in a dry climate suitable for Wakati.

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