Jendouba

Jendouba Food Hub in Tunis, Tunisia, through community gardening will launch products based on fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and legumes. The processes to be used will be firstly osmotic dehydration and solar air drying and secondly packaging.

With the gardening system, and focused on vegetables and legumes, the aim is to strengthen the sustainability and productivity of rural and peri-urban, individual and community gardens equipped with micro-irrigation system (including both soilless system and soil horticulture system), while improving their nutrition performances and access to market. Depending on local conditions and priorities, new adapted hydroponic and drip irrigation systems promoting the principles of the circular economy will be implemented and tested.

For processing, the aim of the osmotic dehydration and solar air drying techniques will be to reduce moisture content to the acceptable levels and, in so doing, prolonging shelf-life of the raw materials, ingredients, and food products, while preserving their quality and preventing spoilage and waste. The suitability of low-impact osmotic dehydration (OD) both as standing-alone process and as pre-treatment to solar drying, by using sugar or salt as osmotic agents, will be evaluated. The developed solar air dryers will target different food raw materials and enable smallholder producers

For processing, the aim of the osmotic dehydration and solar air drying techniques will be to reduce moisture content to the acceptable levels and, in so doing, prolonging shelf-life of the raw materials, ingredients, and food products, while preserving their quality and preventing spoilage and waste. The suitability of low-impact osmotic dehydration (OD) both as standing-alone process and as pre-treatment to solar drying, by using sugar or salt as osmotic agents, will be evaluated. The developed solar air dryers will target different food raw materials and enable smallholder producers to treat their products using scalable dryers built with low-cost materials, which are simple to operate, and are energy efficient.

Bio-based packages that are able to preserve the functional and nutritional properties of the food products, reduce their contamination during storage (and transportation), and increase their marketability and attractiveness will be developed and tested. The availability of environmentally friendly, affordable, and optimal packaging materials, and technologies will be assessed, pre-selected, and tested on a small scale for at least 4 relevant, specific food products. This is done so as to obtain high level quality maintenance during storage at different environmental conditions.

Jendouba

Paired city: Tunis, Tunisia

Jendouba
Paired city: Tunis, Tunisia