More than 50 per cent of the crops harvested in East Africa go to waste due to poor cooling and storage facilities. The problem is particularly common in rural areas that are home to 70 – 80 per cent of the population.
The purpose of the Green agro cooling chain is to develop small scale cooling units that will allow local farmers to store and treat their produce after harvesting before they are transported to the market.
The cooling chain should consist of simple, mobile produce gathering places where crops can be protected from the sun and kept cool before they are moved to a larger cooling facility where they can be sorted, packed and stored before distribution to the market.
At the current population growth rate, food production needs to be increased with 70 per cent by 2050. There is a lot of potential to meet this demand in Africa – if solutions like the Green agro cooling chain can be developed.
This project is supported by funding from the PIVØ-programme. Read more…