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Banana Juice Extraction and Increasing Product Range in Smallholder Dairy

Improved market opportunities and Income for smallholder banana producers through value addition

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

My idea is to explore the possibility of extracting banana juice by smallholder banana producers in Zimbabwe. Most banana producers are located in remote areas, far away from the high value markets. This often results in farmers either incurring huge transport costs to the market resulting in reduced income or the banana's getting bad resulting in further losses. Against this background I would like to explore the possibility of banana juice extraction at a scale manageable within rural communities as a way of adding value to their crop, thus get higher income. In addition the juice can be used by local dairy cooperatives in their dairy processing

WHO BENEFITS?

smallholder banana producers and dairy farmers. The banana producers will be able to extract banana juice, reduce losses while getting higher value out of the banana. The farmers will be able to sell the juice to the local dairy cooperatives who can widen their milk processing product range; Thus higher income and improved livelihoods

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

Chipinge and Honde Valley in Eastern Zimbabwe

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!

I am an agricultural and social development researcher with wide ranging experience in the fields of social sciences and socio-economic development, food, income and nutrition security, and market linkages. I am passionate about post harvest loss reduction and agricultural produce value addition.




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Yummy! I think banana milk in my morning cuppa would be lovely! If it should likely spoil without preservative I wonder if it could be powdered instead?

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