Stopping postharvest food losses by scaling African-made low-tech cooling units

Written By. Abdi Latif Dahir
Africa Innovators: March 13, 2017

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The United Nations humanitarian chief announced the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria at risk of starvation and famine.

“To be precise,” O’Brien, the humanitarian chief said, “we need $4.4bn by July”.

Without a major infusion of money, he said, children will be stunted by severe malnutrition and will not be able to go to school, gains in economic development will be reversed and “livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost”.

The UN and development partners should simultaneously emphasise long-term investment in innovations that contribute to sustainable growth.

The idea for FreshBox, a solar-powered, walk-in cold room that provides retailers with storage facilities to preserve perishable products. Operating for five months, the project offers vendors and farmers refrigeration services for 70 Kenyan shillings ($0.68) a crate per day.