Sparky Social Enterprise Limited is an Agricultural Innovation based company that has a vision to reduce post-harvest losses in food (fruits, vegetables, tubes) among small scale farmers in Uganda and across Africa.
The innovation, Sparky Dryer, extends shelf life of the produce to more than a year through low tech affordable drying technologies that only removes water content while maintaining the nutrients in the food.
The main open sun drying method for preservation used by majority of the farmers is limited to drying high sugar and acid content fruits and not recommended for drying vegetables.
Sparky Dryer dehydrates 5 times faster than solar dryers and 10 times faster than open sun drying method, with minimal bio fuel while maintaining all the nutrients. It is convenient to use as it portable and affordable.
A farmer can dry up to 100kg of produce within 5 hours with only 2kg of bio fuel.
Lawrence Okettayot, the brain behind Sparky Dryer, is on the 2018 shortlist for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.