Problem: In Malawi, drying fish is currently achieved by chopping down trees and burning the logs, which simultaneously removes a carbon sink and produces additional carbon emissions.
2) The technology: solar tents: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/tech-solar-tent-boosts-malawis-dried-fish-industry-160609125320780.html
– A new “solar tent” allows fisherman to dry their fish only using only solar energy.
– A polyethylene sheet is hung over a wooden frame shaped so as to maximize the captured solar heat and ensure optimal airflow.
– The tent is more sanitary than the wood-burning open-air drying, which exposes the fish to dust, pests and contaminants. Fishermen thus lose fewer fish to spoilage.
– Farmers get a higher price for cleaner, higher quality dried fish and don’t need to cut down as many trees (just enough for the wooden frame, which can be used for years).
– Sustainability is paired with economic development.
– Local and international development NGOs
– Fish buyers
– Local councils in fishing communities
4) The first 3 steps in deploying this technology
- Perform research to compare economic and environmental impacts of an average wood-burning fishery compared to a solar tent fishery based on the pilot project.
- Identify fishermen using wood-burning strategies and gauge interest in solar tents.
- Solicit funding from local and international NGOs to provide credit and/or grants to build tents for interested fishermen.