Nearly every country around the world is home to unique fruits and vegetables. Local farmers depend on these products to support their families. As the fruits and vegetables are prepared for export, a substantial percentage of these products go to waste. Depending on the country, these rates can be as high as about 70%. This is not only increasing the suicide rates among farmers, but also prohibiting farmers from supporting their families, which connects to malnutrition.
The agriculture communities in these countries lack the means and storage capacity to harvest all of the products. They simply don’t have the resources and technology to keep up with the demand, causing large amounts to go to waste before being handled. Climate change is also a growing problem effecting farmers. Each year farmers around the world are experiencing longer drought seasons, or adversely, greater floods, ultimately wiping out entire crops.
Ra Solutions’ mission is to establish an international social enterprise focused on selling efficient dehydration units that harness the power of the sun. In turn, this will provide an opportunity to convert fruits/vegetables into a source of sustainable income for market vendors and farmers, while combating the high unemployment rates of target countries experiencing similar needs.
Farmers experiencing food loss can put fruits and vegetables in a solar dehydration unit where they will be dried out in only hours using 100% of its energy from the sun. Dried food products can preserve fresh foods for much longer and often have a higher market value. Once dried, products can be sold back into the local market, or sold back to Ra Solutions where we will make them available in the North American market.
Entirely using the heat of the sun, Solar Dehydrators are the most efficient, sanitary, and cost-effective way to dry fruits, spices, and meat in regions with warm climates. Presently, their best alternative for drying food is leaving it out in the sun, which takes too long and leaves it susceptible to vermin and bacteria.
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Our mission is to create efficient, low-cost solar dehydration units that harness the power of the sun. In turn, this will provide an opportunity to convert lost crops into a source of sustainable income, while combating the high unemployment rates of developing countries.
More About Ra Solutions
Ra Solutions is a project that was created in 2017 under British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT), Enactus Team. The project focuses its work around 4 of 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
The name Ra Solutions is derived from Ra, the sun god of Egypt. We use the power of the sun to create a solution to a global waste problem.