Sustainable Solutions For Nigeria: Navigating Energy Access And Agricultural Waste

To address agricultural waste, various options and programs have been introduced globally, aiming to improve the economies of community women through the integration of clean energy alternatives for food processing and agriculture waste reduction. Renewable energy agro-processing technologies, such as solar-powered milling machines and biogas digesters, offer sustainable alternatives to traditional methods, enhancing productivity and reducing environmental impact. Renewable energy agro-processing technologies like solar-powered milling machines can be used for processing grains such as groundnut, maize, wheat, or rice. They utilize solar panels to generate electricity and can be particularly beneficial in regions with abundant sunlight like Northern Nigeria.

Although slowly, Nigeria has begun adopting renewable alternatives to address food wastage. Initiatives like the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI) is promoting the development of Evaporative Cooling Systems (ECS), which can extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables by approximately two weeks. Also, the Solar Tent Dryer, the Parabolic Solar Dryer, the Mobile Tent Dryer, and the Hybrid Dryer are utilized to dry agricultural products. These dryers ensure that all dried foods and goods are free of contaminants and toxins.