From April 4 – 6 in Arusha, Tanazania, Hub grantee Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) conducted a training and competition for its remaining 46 postharvest technology contestants. IREN coached the contestants on how to pitch their innovations, manage finances and address environmental and food safety aspects of their technologies. After the training, participants pitched their technologies to eleven judges drawn from across the region. The judges selected 25 finalists who will participate in the East Africa Post-harvest Technology Fair and Exhibition scheduled for May 9-10 in Nairobi Kenya. The objective of the competition is to spur the development of innovative technologies that reduce food loss and waste in Africa.
"Whether or not I win the competition, I am very pleased to have gone through the training especially in financial management and marketing. This will go a long way in improving my technology," said Ngome Kombo, innovator of a solar fruit dryer technology
Go here to learn more about the competition.