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Refrigerated storage of perishable fruits and vegetables

It will contribute to the social welfare.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Small farmers in the developing world produce plenty of fruits and vegetables. Farmers that are far away from big cities cannot take their produced goods to the city by themselves due to unavailability of their own transport as well as high cost of rented transport. The price difference of fruits and vegetables between rural area and big cities is huge. For higher profit, the farmers want to sell their products to the big cities.

Refrigerated storage of perishable fruits and vegetables

Explain your idea

Small farmers in the developing world produce plenty of fruits and vegetables. Farmers that are far away from big cities cannot take their produced goods to the city by themselves due to unavailability of their own transport as well as high cost of rented transport. The price difference of fruits and vegetables between rural area and big cities is huge. For higher profit, the farmers want to sell their products to the big cities. On the other hand, these fruits and vegetables are perishable, the gets reduced as the day passes. Taking this opportunity, a group of people (interested in making quick profit) buy those fruits and vegetables at a very low price and sell those in the cities at a very high price. Because of not having a cold storage facility in the rural area, the small level farmers are not getting the price they deserve.

In this regard, government and non-government organisations can come forward and help in financing small farmers collectively to set up storage facility in the village area. This can at least ensure that any quick profit making businessman cannot take the advantage of perishable fruits and vegetables of the poor farmers. The maintenance and operation of the storage facility need to be maintained by the farmers who are being financed for this project.

Who benefits?

Here, the only beneficiary is the small level farmers that produce fruits and vegetables in the remote rural areas. The farmers who do not have adequate access to finance and other logistic facilities. This can help a group of small level farmers in a particular village or small area.

Where will your idea be implemented?

The idea can only be implemented in the remote rural area of poor and developing countries where plenty of fruits and vegetables are produced during the season. In addition, those village and regions are more appropriate where proper banking facilities are hard to reach.

Are you implementing in an eligible country?

No

Expertise in sector

No

Experience in implementation country(ies)

No

Tell us more about you!

I am Jennifer Hossain, an exchange student at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in Australia. I am studying one semester here and I am basically from University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Malaysia. I am Bangladeshi by born and agriculture is one of the major income source in my country. Therefore I am interested to contribute in ideas which may help our farmers.

Is this a new idea for you or your organization?

This is not entirely a new idea. Many similar type of cooperative/collaborative steps have been carried out in Bangladesh with support from numerous non-government organisation. In fact, BRAC, a well reputed NGO, founded in Bangladesh, has been carrying out a number of cooperative initiative in the remote rural area.

How is your idea unique?

The idea is unique in a sense that most of the initiatives from the government is all about how to provide more facilities to the farmers in terms of financial condition. Now, it’s up to the farmers to decide what to do with the incentives. But, with this idea, government can help the small level farmers in financing the storage and making sure that the poor farmer can be benefitted from the process continuously.

Who will implement this idea?

Government of any poor or the developing country can play the major role here. Nonetheless, any non-government organisations or international organisations can implement this idea more quickly than the government.

What are some of your unanswered questions about this idea?

  • How to select the beneficiaries (poor farmers)?
  • Where to set up the storage facility (land)?
  • What happens if there is any natural calamities (tornado, flood) and destroys the facility? (These are very common in some developing countries)
  • In addition, a collaborative transport facility also very useful, is there any scope?
  • For how long the farmers should get grace period of financial loans?
  • Number of farmers in such a collaborative movement? (too short is not good, too big is chaos)

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

This is not entirely a new idea. Many similar type of cooperative/collaborative steps have been carried out in Bangladesh with support from numerous non-government organisation. In fact, BRAC, a well reputed NGO, founded in Bangladesh, has been carrying out a number of cooperative initiative in the remote rural area.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

The idea is unique in a sense that most of the initiatives from the government is all about how to provide more facilities to the farmers in terms of financial condition. Now, it’s up to the farmers to decide what to do with the incentives. But, with this idea, government can help the small level farmers in financing the storage and making sure that the poor farmer can be benefited from the process continuously.

Tell us about your work experience:

In Health Sector, I have worked with Standard Chartered Bank in Malaysia in collaboration with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2010 (From March May) as Development Trainee. It is Standard Chartered Bank-AIESEC Malaysia HIV/AIDS Learning Network 2010 through AIESEC International Exchange Program.

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Thanks for the post Jennifer! Did you intend to share this idea in our Agricultural Innovation Challenge?
The Agricultural Innovation Challenge is actually located on a separate page on the OpenIDEO platform here: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/agricultural-innovation/improve The ideas submission phase of that challenge is currently closed, but we'd love to have your input on some of the ideas in the current Improve phase of the challenge!

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Hello Shane Zhao, Thanks for your comment, I actually wanted to submit this idea to the "Agricultural Innovation Challenge" but it was already closed. Would you please suggest me how can I submit my idea of "Refrigerated storage of perishable fruits and vegetables" to your mentioned area? Your suggestion would be highly appreciated.

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