The Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) conducted the inaugural East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 (EAPTC 2017) through a grant from the Hub and in partnership with Syngenta. The fair was the culmination of a six-month-long competition process that attracted 249 entries from across East Africa. The top 46 entries competed in Arusha, Tanzania in early April, from which the top 25 finalists were selected.
The EAPTC 2017 showcased the top 25 technologies that broadly cover aspects of drying, storage, ICT, logistics and other postharvest handling technologies. The key objective of the fair was to provide a platform for the top 25 East Africa innovators to showcase and pitch their technologies - that offer practical solutions to postharvest handling challenges - to potential partners, such as private investors, donors, governments and farmers/traders associations, among others. The top three winning technologies received seed fund amounting to USD 30, 000 during the award ceremony.