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TOMATOES-HELP / Concept for reducing tomato waste in transport


As small farmers tomato growers in Africa cannot afford effective storage facilities and tomatoes are fragile, there is a lot of waste caused by decay and damage during transportation every year. FAO proposes that a reasonable selection of tomato maturity, sorting and packing according to maturity can reduce rotten tomatoes. TOMATOES-HELP is a low-cost auxiliary harvesting process designed for poor smallholder tomato growers based on this principle. This concept aims to use low-cost tools to motivate and facilitate farmers' sorting, optimize the picking and transportation links, and reduce the waste of tomatoes in the transportation proccess.


Tongji University

Tongji University
Shanghai, China

Qinfeng Tian,
Tongji University

Qingyun Wang,
Tongji University