• The CTI Shredder enables farmers and small enterprises to shred and dry firm-fleshed crops.
  • The CTI Shredder enables farmers and small enterprises to shred and dry firm-fleshed crops.
  • The CTI Shredder enables farmers and small enterprises to shred and dry firm-fleshed crops.

CTI Shredder

The CTI Shredder enables farmers and small enterprises to transform spoilage-prone fruits and vegetables into shreds that can be dried and processed into higher-value food products. Shredding and drying firm-fleshed crops such as potatoes, cassava and breadfruit gives families the opportunity to preserve their crops, meaning they would no longer need to choose between hastily selling off their harvest at low prices or risk losing it to spoilage. The shreds can be processed into flour or other value-added products and sold in the market, giving impoverished families the opportunity to improve their food security and increase their incomes.

Many nutritious fruits and vegetables grow in abundance  but because they have such a short shelf-life, they often spoil and go uneaten, even in extremely malnourished communities. These foods could provide an important source of nutrition in rural villages, where diets are often dominated by just 1 or 2 grains, like corn, rice or millet. With the opportunity to preserve perishable fruits and vegetables and process it into flour, communities could increase their food supply and take advantage of nutritious, underutilized food sources. Farmers and entrepreneurs can also generate income by selling shelf-stable flour or other food products made from flour.

The shredder is currently in prototype and the final production price is undetermined. CTI’s engineers are currently using the data gathered during field tests to make final decisions on the design’s capacity, ease of use, sturdiness, and potential production cost. The final product must be priced in a range that a small business group and earn a return on their investment within a reasonable amount of time.

Materials: Stainless steel blade, carbon steel body

Crops: Breadfruit, potatoes, cassava and other firm-fleshed fruits and vegetables.

Key Facts

Organization: Compatible Technology International (CTI)
Website: www.compatibletechnology.org
Email: cti@compatibletechnology.org
Used by: Haiti and Hawaii (Prototype)

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Food & Agriculture