Small-scale processing toolkits for nutritious foods

This solution was shared by IFSS Research team , 16 June 2021

Print date: 26 September 2023 23:34

Description of the innovative solution

Convenient processing Women empowerment Education - youth Nutritious food Packaging

Small-scale multipurpose processing tools/kit allow individuals to process foods at a low cost to diversify food products, reduce food loss, preserve foods, increase food safety, shelf life of foods and/or enhance the nutrient content of foods. Such processed foods could also be sold/exchanged and thereby provide a novel and stable revenue. Such tools/kits can be distributed in infrastructure-poor environments and be made available for youth or women. These could be designed for different foods such as dairy, for example to produce fresh cheeses. Tools could also be designed to process fruits such as steam juicers, solar dryers or dehydrators to increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables or to manually process nuts into pastes. Other examples include a multifunctional soy small-scale processing kit could help transform soy in soy milk, yoghurt and tofu.

Supply chain segment

Processing and packaging

Maturity level



Food quality Food safety Food availability Food affordability Food desirability Increasing agrobiodiversity Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 5: Gender Equality SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Scaling Up Specialty Crop Processing
Guide from Iowa State University on advice to small food businesses looking for small-scale value-added processing of specialty foods.
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