This post is the eighth in a series sharing findings from a research project Sam Kornstein and Paul Artiuch are working on throughout the month of January. Paul Artiuch and Samuel Kornstein are graduate students at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Throughout the month of January they are in India researching market-oriented approaches to reducing agricultural food waste.
Part VII can be accessed here: India’s Lack of Food Processing
By Samuel Kornstein and Paul Artiuch
Note: This post was originally published on the MIT Public Service Center website and subsequently reproduced on Sam Kornstein’s personal blog somethingsbrewing.com. We are greatful to Sam and Paul for sharing their experience and research project with InPEC. All photographs included in these series are courtesy of Sam Kornstein.
January 23, 2012
Earlier this month, we visited Azadpur Mandi, the largest wholesale produce market in Asia. We found that while the marketplace is extraordinarily chaotic, it’s actually quite efficient, and little food goes to waste once it reaches the city. Since then, we’ve spent some time in rural areas, meeting with farmers, commission agents, traders, academics, and start-up companies. It’s become clear that some of the most significant causes of food waste in India include inadequate storage facilities, limited processing capacity, government program inefficiencies, and as well as some economic challenges related to cold storage and capital investment capabilities.
As we made our way down to West India through Rajasthan, we visited the central retail market in Udaipur as well as the wholesale market located at the city’s edge. These regional produce hubs also proved be to well-organized and efficient, and despite a lack of cold storage facilities altogether, there wasn’t much waste to be found.
10 colourful photographs taken from around Rajsthan’s smaller markets:
1. Piles of coconuts for sale
2. A sugar salesman looks up from his paper
3. This family weaves the baskets that are used in the market to hold fruits and vegetables
4. Sam stands in the Udaipur market
5. Baskets of vegetables in the Udaipur market
6. She kept making herself laugh
7. This man sells from a fruit cart a block away from the main market
8. Sacks of pulses in the marketplace
9. Onions recently unloaded from a truck are being prepped for storage
10. Guarding the chili peppers