Tamil Nadu is a sun-rich state in India, making it highly suitable for solar dehydration. With its abundant sunlight throughout the year, the region provides ideal conditions for harnessing solar energy to efficiently dry various products, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other perishables. At ASSEFA Farms, we created dignified livelihood opportunities for 20 rural women.
Our 50-acre leased farm follows a unique and innovative approach – the food forest model, which is the backbone of our natural farming practices. By harnessing the power of nature, we nurture a diverse ecosystem of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, promoting sustainability and ecological balance. As a part of our commitment to minimizing waste and maximizing resources, we utilize the unused and unsold produce from our farm for solar dehydration. Through solar drying, we transform these surplus vegetables into valuable and shelf-stable products. This not only reduces food wastage but also adds value to the farm’s output. Our Project prevents tons of fruit and vegetable wastage annually and significantly reduces CO2 emissions.
By providing livelihood opportunities to 20 women, we aim to uplift their lives and strengthen the surrounding communities. These women are actively involved in the solar drying process, operating modern equipment that ensures optimal energy usage and minimal environmental impact.