Dehydrating meat and vegetables can help solve the global problem of food waste

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  • A A food technology company in Mumbai converts food waste from the farm into preserved products using dehydration technology.
  • Dehydration of products such as vegetables and meat maintains nutrients at their maximum level and strengthens food security for local communities.
  • Solar-powered food preservation could prove vital in tackling global food waste, with 931 million tonnes going to landfill each year.
  • S4S Technologies is a member of The Circulars Accelerator Cohort 2021 on UpLink.

A food dehydrator without electricity that allows people in rural areas to store their products for up to a year without chemicals was created by a Mumbai-based food technology company.

S4S Technologies offers a range of solutions to convert farm food waste into preserved products using its patented solar-powered dehydration technology.

Its products include a solar conduction dryer that uses conduction, convection and radiation to keep nutrients at their maximum level and thus strengthen the food security of the community.

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Tackling the problem of food waste

Preserving assets could help reduce the 931 million tonnes of food around the world that is wasted each year, according to the United Nations Environment Program Food Waste Index 2021 Report. In India alone, this was estimated at 68.7 million tonnes in 2019.

Using the solar conduction dehydrator, farmers and rural workers can process and preserve a variety of perishable products, including vegetables, fruits, spices, legumes, fish and meat, products that make integral part of nutrition and food security.

Preserved food preserves 45% more nutrition and better color, flavor and hygiene than sun drying, the company says.

Being solar powered, the dehydrator has no operating costs and the technology is currently in use in more than 1,200 farmer cooperatives in eight countries.

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As such, S4S solar-powered food dehydration technology could prove vital in developing countries, where 40% of food losses occur at postharvest and processing levels, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

This contrasts with industrialized countries, where more than 40% of food is wasted at the retail and consumer level, adds the FAO.

Towards a circular economy

S4S Technologies is one of 17 innovative companies participating in The Cohort of circular accelerators, led by Accenture, in partnership with Anglo American, Ecolab, Schneider Electric and in collaboration with the World Economic Forum Uplink digital crowdsourcing platform.

The Circular Accelerator is a six-month program that provides participants with mentoring, networking opportunities and investor engagement to accelerate the global transition to a circular economy.

This article was first publication at the World Economic Forum.

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