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SLOVAK-AID funded projects
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Slovak-AID has funded two projects:

1. DETERMINING THE EFFECT OF SOLAR AND BIOMASS DRYING TECHNOLOGIES ON THE PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL STABILITY OF MANGO POWDER DURING STORAGE TIME

Project Budget was KES 1,000,000; The Project is Closed.
The aim of the proposed project was to test the application and effect of solar and biomass drying technologies on the physical and chemical structure of dried and powdered mango. This project was informed by several research works on mango drying technologies carried out by Prof. Caleb Nindo using the Refractance Window Drying® technology for drying and converting mangos into powder. Refractance Window Drying® technology is the gentlest method developed so far for drying fresh mangoes and other fleshed fruits. Refractance Window is a dehydration method that uses infra-red light, rather than direct extremes of temperature, to remove water from food. It relies on the conductivity of water together with the properties of infra-red and the refractance of light as the preferred method for preserving the macro and micro elements and phytonutrients found in whole fleshed fruits. This method enables important sensory qualities of the fresh whole fruit, such as colour, aroma and taste to be retained.

Activities implemented were:

  • Determining the factors contributing to the caking and change in color of the mango powder and fortified mango flours;
  • Determining the maximum shelf life of the packed products i.e. mango powder and fortified flours and to;
  • Determining the design & proper packaging and branding materials for the mango powder and fortified flours.

ENHANCING CLIMATE RESILIENCE, LIVELIHOODS AND NUTRITION UPTAKE IN KENYA THROUGH VALUE ADDITION TO THE MANGO FRUIT

Project Budget was KES 1,000,000; The Project is Closed.
The purpose of this project was to address gaps identified in the production of mango powder. The gaps identified included; product quality optimization that required to be addressed in order to produce market grade fortified flour and mango powder, product certification, destoning and polishing of sorghum, millet and maize grains and obtaining the right moisture content of the grains and the flours.

Activities implemented included:

  • procurement & installation of grain destoning machine and moisture analyzer:
  • production of sample batches of mango powder and fortified flours and,
  • product quality assurance and compositional testing