This small tent produces a sterilized microclimate that keeps agricultural produce fresh for a week without the need for energy-intensive refrigeration.

The Wakati is a solar-powered, easy-to-use and portable solution that can help smallholder farmers improve their incomes by extending the shelf life of crops. A ventilator powered by a 3-watt solar panel gradually evaporates 200 ml of water per week, generating a humid environment within the storage tent that keeps crops healthier for longer and prevents mold and fungi from growing.

Protecting what you have already grown is much easier and so much better for the planet.

Arne Pauwels – Founder, Wakati

Each tent is capable of preserving up to 150 kilograms of produce for up to eight days, thereby greatly reducing food waste and giving farmers more time to sell their crops. Moreover, the tarp packaging that the Wakati is delivered in can be stored by users and used to mend ruptures that may form in the tent.

Why you should care

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 40 to 50% of all root crops, fruits and vegetables produced in the world each year end up as waste, some of which occurs during the post-harvest period. Along with this wasted food, there is a large amount of associated resource waste in the form of agricultural inputs. The Wakati offers an environmentally friendly and low cost solution to help reduce food waste and increase profits for smallholder farmers.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Zero Hunger

Wakati aims helps to reduce post-harvest losses from smallholder agricultural production, and thus helps to improve food security.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

This innovation helps smallholder farmers to maximize their returns on their crops by giving them more time to sell them to the market.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Reducing post-harvest losses of crops is more economical and environmentally friendly than increasing production to compensate for the losses.