Students at a women's training and production centre learn to sun-dry tomato slices using a solar dryer. Locally produced tomatoes are thus conserved throughout the off-season. - - Technical Cooperation Project: TCP/BKF/6715. This Technical Cooperation Project in Burkina Faso established artisanal tomato processing centres operated by women's groups. With the introduction of appropriate equipment and technology, these centres serve to extend the conservation of locally produced tomatoes throughout the off-season. The training and demonstration processing units supported by the project have allowed thousands of farmers and their family members, women and women's groups to process crops commercially as well as for home use.
The national food technology institute, with support from NGOs, has extended the technology throughout the country, organizing the local manufacture and sale of large numbers of solar dryers, resulting in the reduction of post-harvest losses and the generation of significant rural income and employment.