Cold­hubs Nige­ria Ltd.

Lack of prop­er, well-designed on-farm and off-farm stor­age facil­i­ties and unre­li­able elec­tric­i­ty sup­ply pre­vent small­hold­er farm­ers and oth­er food sup­ply chain actors from extend­ing the shelf life of crops. Niger­ian small­hold­er farm­ers and sup­ply chain actors pro­duce 23 mil­lion tonnes of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles worth US$4 bil­lion per year, of which an aver­age of 45% of veg­eta­bles and 35% of fruits are lost after har­vest. While rot­ting food is ter­ri­ble in itself, it also pro­duces methane, a potent green­house gas.

Cold­Hubs Ltd. has devel­oped solar-pow­ered refrig­er­a­tion units that pro­vide afford­able cold stor­age to farm­ers. Their prod­uct is a solar-pow­ered walk-in cool­er that is placed in out­door mar­kets and farms to store and pre­serve fruits, veg­eta­bles and oth­er per­ish­able foods and extend their shelf life from 2 to 21 days.