Bangladesh is the eighth largest producer of mangoes in the World, with an annual production of 1 million MT. As many as 150,000 farmers depend on mango production for their livelihoods. More and more customers, both home and abroad, are demanding high quality and tasty Bangladeshi mango varieties. Yet, few or no farmers have means to objectively measure quality and/or assess appropriate harvest time. Unpredictable and disorganized supply chain result in weak negotiation position for small farmers against bigger traders.
Just Farming and Crosswise Works is partnering with Single Sparks to introduce MangoScan to objectively measure quality of mangoes that will aid grading and sorting on the farmers’ field itself. In addition to testing key parameters of fruit quality, MangoScan is able to tell maturity stage of mangoes, letting farmers decide when exactly to harvest.
The sugar level in fruits is, among other issues, related to the dry matter content. A product with a higher dry matter value will provide higher sugar content at the end, i.e tastier mangoes. Based on the quality and taste, farmers can easily sort their produce on field and target segregate market.
This “Ready to Eat” quality control kit for mangoes judges when a mango should be delivered to the supermarket, because it is ready to eat. Being able to offer high quality product improves bargaining power of mango growers, which, in turn, bring them higher prices, resulting in better income and improved livelihoods.
All in all, MangoScan is a recent and timely innovation that allows small-holders to assess the quality of mango and determine the exact time of harvest, thereby offering a solution to food waste and quality determination challenges in the mango value chain in Bangladesh.
For this innovation, we have partnered with Crosswise Works and Single Spark. They add value by understanding the needs of entrepreneurs and develop practical, low-cost tools that are adapted to local circumstances anywhere in the world. The business-in-a-box concept is tailored to local needs and based on local feasibility studies done by (micro)-entrepreneurs.