Rocket food dryer
Rocket tobacco curing barn
Although many people are not aware of the scope of the problem, tobacco production and curing is devastating the native forests of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi. It is estimated that over 110,000 ha of forest is lost each year.
Since 2005, we have been developing an improved tobacco curing system for small holder farmers in southern Africa. In 2007, field research conducted by GTZ/ProBEC showed that the rocket barn reduced fuel consumption by 50% and increased farmer income by approximately USD1300/p.a. This year in Malawi, Hestian Innovation will partner with Alliance One and Limbe Leaf to build approximately 1500 barns in the next 6 months.
Working with BAT and GTZ/EAPUganda, we are also prototyping a new and unique barn for Uganda.
Internship Opportunity! We are interested in placing interns in Malawi to help support the dissemination effort. If you are interested, let us know by clicking here.
Research Opportunity! If you are interested in helping in developing collaborative research projects with universities to study and improve the design of the rocket barn, let us know by clicking here.
Contact us for user guides and step-by-step plans for constructing rocket barns, available on a case-by-case basis.