Given the benefits that evaporative cooling devices can provide for post-harvest vegetable storage, why are they not more widely used? What can be done to increase the effective production, dissemination, and usage of this technology?
Following is a list of the five key areas identified by MIT D-Lab that need further development in order to optimize these technologies and dissemination approaches, and to build further evidence for the impact that could result:
- Performance and Design Research
- Suitability Scoping
- Scalable Dissemination
- User Behavior and Impact
- Community of practice
D-Lab is currently working in each of these areas through collaborations with partners in dry regions throughout Africa and South Asia. Read more about D-Lab's approach for research and dissemination of evaporative cooling technologies in a Next Billion blog.
Eric Verploegen, MIT D-Lab Research Engineer