Date

1-4-2017 12:00 AM

Major

Global Resource Systems, Public Service and Administration in Agriculture

Department

Global Resource Systems

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Project Advisor

Carmen Bain

Project Advisor's Department

Sociology

Description

In Thailand, fruits and vegetables food loss is as high as 51%, as there is limited food preservation technology. This project focuses on establishing a plan to implement KinoSol units – solar powered food dehydrators to reduce the amount of food waste in two rural communities in Thailand. To determine if KinoSol units would be beneficial, 58 community members were interviewed between two rural communities through random sampling. Qualitative data was collected on community members’ perceptions regarding the usability of the KinoSol units, taste of dehydrated outputs, feasibility of community introduction, and individual’s maximum price point for the dehydrator. Grounded theory and descriptive, thematic coding were then used to assess the data. Analysis of the data showed that 24 community members thought the technology would provide benefits for their families, 25 respondents thought the technology was natural and good for the environment, 25 respondents thought the dehydrated outputs were better than the current market options, and 43 respondents were interested in dehydrating fruit. Based on survey responses and market data a community introduction plan was developed. The plan outlines implementing KinoSol units through a microcredit loan program based on current market produce prices and dehydration outputs.

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Apr 1st, 12:00 AM

KinoSol: Solar Dehydration in Thailand

In Thailand, fruits and vegetables food loss is as high as 51%, as there is limited food preservation technology. This project focuses on establishing a plan to implement KinoSol units – solar powered food dehydrators to reduce the amount of food waste in two rural communities in Thailand. To determine if KinoSol units would be beneficial, 58 community members were interviewed between two rural communities through random sampling. Qualitative data was collected on community members’ perceptions regarding the usability of the KinoSol units, taste of dehydrated outputs, feasibility of community introduction, and individual’s maximum price point for the dehydrator. Grounded theory and descriptive, thematic coding were then used to assess the data. Analysis of the data showed that 24 community members thought the technology would provide benefits for their families, 25 respondents thought the technology was natural and good for the environment, 25 respondents thought the dehydrated outputs were better than the current market options, and 43 respondents were interested in dehydrating fruit. Based on survey responses and market data a community introduction plan was developed. The plan outlines implementing KinoSol units through a microcredit loan program based on current market produce prices and dehydration outputs.