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The aim of the Solar Food Processing Network is to establish a global network of interested parties (NGOs, politicians, farmers, and experts) in order to develop and promote efficient methods of solar food processing and conservation. The implementation of solar-based technologies for food processing and conservation can help to reduce poverty, improve local economic opportunities and health conditions, and reduce environmental damage. Particularly, in countries with a high solar radiation potential, proper solar technologies can contribute to the sustainable development of small rural communities.

* Source of above text: Solar Food Processing Network website:

The network was introduced in April 2005 by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and funded by WISIONS. Since then, the Network has accumulated more than 120 registered activists, interested groups or individuals from over 40 countries.

News and recent developmentsEdit

Solar Food Processing Network group photo, 2-14-14

Participants at the 2013 Solar Food Processing Network conference.

  • February 2013: The Solar Food Processing Network (SFPN) held a regional workshop in January 2013 at the Muni Seva Ashram in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. This gathering was a follow-up to the 2009 AFPN conference held in Indore, India in 2010. Workshop participants heard from food marketing and technology experts. Conference organizers, Deepak Gadhia and Rolf Behringer held discussions on local and international marketing, village industries, packaging, policy interventions, R&D, and effective monitoring and evaluation of projects. Attendees discussed the formation of an international solar food standard and shared their own practical experiences using solar technology for food processing. Visit the Solar Food Processing Network to see a muscial video of the event and videos of solar food processing projects in Burkina Faso.
  • November 2012: Regional Solar Food Processing Network to be established in India - Rolf Behringer reports that the German NGO WISIONS has agreed to support the establishment in India of the first regional Solar Food Processing Network. A workshop to inaugurate this effort will take place in early 2013 (date and location to be announced). The aim of the Solar Food Processing Network (SFPN) is to establish a global network of interested parties (NGOs, governments, farmers, and manufacturers) to develop and promote efficient methods of solar food processing and conservation. These are intended to help reduce poverty, improve local economic opportunities and health, and decrease environmental damage. In countries with high solar insolation, effective solar thermal production technologies will contribute to the sustainable development of small rural communities. SFPN is managed by the German NGO Solare Zukunft (Solar Future in English). It is financially supported by WISIONS, an initiative of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy to foster practical sustainable energy projects.

Audio and videoEdit

  • August 2014:
About Society for Energy, Environment and Development14:53

About Society for Energy, Environment and Development

2013 SIMPLE IS BEST03:26

2013 SIMPLE IS BEST

Solar Punch track, Simple is Best, is presented here in honor and in thanks to the Solar Food Processing Network and the great work of the volunteers, participants and solar food processing innovators = what a great tasting conference! Hosted at the Muni Seva Ashram, in Goraj, India.

Solar Shea Butter Production01:55

Solar Shea Butter Production

In Burkina Faso, close to Ouagadougou, a Solar Shea Butter Production has been installed. Saving a lot of firewood, improving quality and creating income for the local women.

Solar Food Processing in Burkina Faso - William Ilboudo05:26

Solar Food Processing in Burkina Faso - William Ilboudo

Interview with William Ilboudo from Burkina Faso, director of ISOMET and member of the International Solar Food Processing Network www.solarfood.org. Talking about the potential of Solar Food Processing in Burkina Faso. He has implemented a solar bakery and a solar shea butter production.

Solar Bakery Burkina Faso01:01

Solar Bakery Burkina Faso

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See Rolf Behringer.

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