Situation – Harvesting Today Means Selling Today
- Lack of electricity in most of the northern rural communities, for without electricity there can be no refrigeration.
- Even in towns and cities the power supply is erratic.
- Most of the urban poor cannot even afford refrigerators.
- Mostly agriculture-based population, the majority of them live in abject poverty.
- Polygamy is a dominant feature of the family structure, and women, living in purdah, are confined to their homes.
- Women are seriously disadvantaged in terms of health care, education and employment opportunities.
- Young girls are particularly enslaved because they are forced to go out each day in order to sell rapidly food that would otherwise perish, in order to add to the meager family income.
Challenge – Keep Vegetables Fresh A Few Days More With No Electricity
- Find an ingenious technique that would require no external energy supply
- preserving fruit, vegetables and other perishables in hot, arid climates.
Solution – Mohammed Bah Abba Re-Invention With His Pot-In-Pot Desert Refrigerator
- the pot-in-pot cooling system, a kind of “desert refrigerator”, helps subsistence farmers by reducing food spoilage and waste
- it increases their income
- it limits the health hazards of decaying foods
Pot In Pot Statistics
Abba’s first trials of the pot-in-pot proved successful:
- eggplants for example, stayed fresh for 27 days instead of 3
- tomatoes and peppers lasted for 3 weeks or more
- african spinach usually spoils after a day, remained edible after 12 days in the pot-in-pot
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