Kabwama Leonard Alvin was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : FoodSAFE
FoodSAFE comprises of a microcontroller based system involving several ethylene sensors installed in the different storage facilities. FoodSAFE is capable of detecting which food product is getting spoilt and advise the farmer accordingly. The technology measures the gas levels on these for immediate action which involves consuming it rather than leaving the crop to go bad. The technology offers early detection of the overripe perishable products that could otherwise go bad if not taken care of.
Impact : FoodSAFE technology has been tested and tried in Makerere University-College of Food Science and Technology where 75 sample fruits were used and garnered 70% accuracy in detection. In Uganda’s Mukono District, the technology’s detection of the ripening fruits was 68% accurate. Our store uses less energy to operate, is affordable and can use both solar energy and electricity.