In order to develop products from indigenous resources and create new markets for them, it is important to empower women, farmers and relevant students with information which enables them to start thinking innovatively about food and food products. Business skills and scientific awareness as well as connections with food manufacturers can be of great help to these stakeholders.
Fruits can be considered one of the best sources of vitamins, and fruit production for and by communities has been encouraged by governments in several countries in the SADC region. However, inefficient practices in both harvesting and post-harvest processing lead to much of the produce being lost. Post-harvest losses of fruit have been estimated to account for up to 50% of total fruit produced in Sub-Saharan Africa. The reduction of these losses can be seen as a vital component of increasing food security.