The Problem: In developing countries, 45% of food spoils mainly due to lack of cold storage
470 million small farmers to lose 25% of their annual income
Perishable food especially fresh fruits and vegetables start to deteriorate as soon as they are harvested because they are cut off from their source of water and nutrition. They lose weight, texture, flavor, nutritional value and appeal. Cooling significantly slows down the rate of deterioration, thereby increasing the storage life of the produce.
The Solution: Walk-in, solar-powered cold stations for 24/7 storage and preservation
extends shelf life of perishable food from 2 days to 21
Our innovation, ColdHubs, is a “plug and play” modular, solar-powered walk-in cold room, for 24/7 off-grid storage and preservation of perishable foods. It adequately addresses the problem of post- harvest losses in fruits, vegetables and other perishable food. ColdHubs, is installed in major food production and consumption centers (in markets and farms), farmers place their produce in clean plastic crates, these plastic crates are stacked inside the cold room. This extends the freshness of fruits, vegetables and other perishable food from 2 days to about 21 days. The solar powered walk-in cold room is made of 120mm insulating cold room panels to retain cold. Energy from solar panels mounted on the roof-top of the cold room are stored in high capacity batteries, these batteries feeds an inverter which in turn feeds the refrigerating unit.
Flexible Pay-As-You-Store Model
Coldhubs offers farmers with a flexible pay-as-you-store subscription model. In preparation for storage, farmers transfer their perishable foods into our reusable crates, which fit neatly onto the shelves. Farmers pay a daily flat fee for each crate of food they store.
Farmer, innovator, leading social entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of the Smallholders Foundation Ltd./Gte in 2003.
Created Smallholder Farmer Rural Radio (2 million Nigerian listeners), The Agriprenuership Academy, The Smallholders Seed Store, Smallholders Microcredit, and GrainStore polypropylene bags (grain preservation bags).
Highly honored with 23 awards - Ashoka Fellow 2008, Rolex Awards 2010, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative in Business 2012, Nigeria’s Young Person of the Year 2011, Niigata International Food Prize Laureate, 2012 and 2013 Laureate of the Yara Prize for Green Revolution (Japan).
Experienced business development manager with extensive expertise in agribusiness startups, rural logistics, distribution, commercial strategy, contract negotiations, business processes, and team building.
Masters in Business Administration
Imo State University, Nigeria
Electrical and electronics engineer, with extensive knowledge and expertise in clean energy, solar cells, batteries, air conditioning, cold room design, and refrigeration.
BSc, MSc, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Federal University
of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
Veteran technology entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience building high-performance teams and industry-leading products.
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