Solar Dryer Helps People in Ghana

A solar dryer designed by LSU AgCenter food engineer Subramaniam Sathivel is helping farmers in Ghana, Africa preserve crops so they can maintain a steadier food supply.
Sathivel visited the West African country in April to discuss the dryer concept with scientists from the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute and local farmers. He also met with former Ghana president, John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor. The project stems from the work of U.S. Department of Agriculture Borlaug fellow Mavis Owureka-Asare, who studied different methods for drying tomatoes under Sathivel in 2012.
The dryer gives farmers a cost-effective way to preserve seasonal produce like tomatoes, maize and rice for year-round consumption.