We are nominated for the final of the UK Aid-funded Off-grid Cold Chain Challenge, an international competition that stimulates innovative and energy-efficient concepts in the field of cooling .
Modern cold chain technology is essential to the agricultural sector. Cold chains manage the temperature of perishable goods from farm to table, maintaining quality and safety in the supply chain, reducing food loss and increasing food supplies.
Cold chains have the potential to significantly improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers. However, modern cold chain technology is often out of reach in off-grid areas in developing markets due its cost, a lack of access to electricity and the wide variety of uncoordinated stakeholders in the broader cold chain.
To help solve these problems, in March 2018 Ideas to Impact partnered with Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid initiative to launch the Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC), which aims to identify the world’s most innovative off-grid cold chain technologies. OGCCC is also building a foundational understanding of how cold chain technologies must adapt to function with off-grid energy systems and what constitutes a high-quality off-grid cold chain solution. By doing so, it is accelerating the development of a commercial market for this technology.