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BANANA FLOUR TO REDUCE POST HARVEST LOSSES

Processing bananas into flour fetches better prices for the small scale farmers in my village.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The idea is to solar dry the bananas, grind them into flour and sell it out, and to also make banana crisps. As this happens We will be able to buy the bananas from the farmers at a higher price than the middle men thus increasing their income as well as creating employment for the youths who are unemployed. With the youths being in gainful employment this will reduce the incidences of petty offences like stealing of livestock and also reduce abuse of cheap alcohol.

WHO BENEFITS?

The greatest beneficiaries will be the small scale farmers who will get higher prices for their banana bunches. The youths will also benefit as there will be creation of employment. The economic status of the whole community will also improve as more money will come in to the farmers.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

This idea will be implemented in Kenya, Nyeri County, Tetu sub county

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!

We are a group of youths, who are already registered by the social services as a youth group here in Kenya. We are all based in Nyeri county and that's where we are interested in implementing the program so that we can improve the livelihoods of the people in the community we live in.
A lot of banana small scale farmers incur large post harvest losses as they avoid selling their crop at very low prices to middle men. This observation prompted me and four of my friends to decide to be part of the solution to this problem. We did our research and discovered that producing banana flour and banana crisps will put us at the best position to buy bananas from the small scale farmers at better prices and also create employment in our community.

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Hi Gladys - I liked your idea. It reminded me of many of the flour alternatives people are now using in the U.S. because Americans are increasingly giving up gluten and white flour because of allergies and its other negative effects on their health. Not only could banana flour resolve the surplus and waste of bananas in your example, it also could grow into a profitable market in nations like the United States, where more and more flour alternatives are coming to market: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/make-better-choices-healthy-alternatives-to-white-flour/. The only negative to all of this culinary innovation is the impact on the environment. Several New York Times articles in recent years opened my eyes to the way in which we are altering our ecosystem when the market for certain crops explode (e.g. the correlation between the booming almond market and the droughts in California) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/us/water-source-for-almonds-in-california-may-run-dry.html.  

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Hi Maryalice
Thank you for that, we sincerely believe that as we process the banana flour to reduce the excessive post harvest losses the Eco system will be left as it is on this side. The whole banana flour is very nutritious and can actually be used in every other meal from porridge to soup to pastry.

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Hi Gladys, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.