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Solar Driers Practices in Kenya,

By

David Maina Irungu


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The aim of the study was to assess organizations in the solar drying sector in Kenya that have a network of potential Small and Medium Enterprises/Agro-Industries, Tourism Entities and Rural Institutions (SMEs/ATERIs) and that can be used as platforms to disseminate renewable energy technologies. The study mainly covers regions of the Rift Valley, Central Kenya and the environs of Nairobi. The organizations and SMEs identified were expected to participate in specialized attachment training on Solar Drying, Entrepreneurship and Business Development that is scheduled to be organized by the CABURESA (Capacity Building for Renewable Energy in Eastern and Southern Africa) project.

The study has three chapters. The first chapter introduces the study and provides a brief overview of the essential elements that are required of a micro-enterprise in order to ensure success. Various Community Based Organizations (CBOs), companies and individuals were identified and categorized in three broad categories (commercial enterprises, farmers and trainers) based on their activities.

The second chapter provides profiles of the various groups/producers that were identified in the study, indicating details of the solar dried fruits/vegetables they produce or sell; the level of operation and future plans to scale up. In this chapter it is noted that solar drier is useful to farmers as it has the potential to reduce post harvest losses of fruits, vegetables, tubers and grains thus improving their market value and ensuring availability of food in the region throughout the year. The last chapter ends with a summary of the key findings and recommendations on the way forward.

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