Rural development requires a continuous effort to increase the added value of agro-production, as the world value of agricultural products steadily decreases. The development of high value added products for international markets requires new technology routes to get high quality and safe products. The objective of this project is to develop a suitable combination of osmotic and microwave drying, which can be used in Africa to obtain shelf-stable, high quality fruit products. A multidisciplinary approach combining research to define optimal conditions for osmotic dehydration, microwave drying and packaging, coupled to quality evaluation will be applied. The reuse of osmotic solution will be studied, thus reducing the environmental impact and adding value. Feasibility studies will be conducted to select the best implementation modes. The consortium includes 4 African and 3 European institutions.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts