Cold rooms have the potential to significantly improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers and small traders in off- or weak-grid areas by reducing post-harvest losses, increasing profits through greater bargaining power at the market place, and enabling better commercialization of agricultural produce in regional and international markets. Establishing extensive and reliable cold chains in off-grid environments would enable developing countries to raise food supply by 15% – about 250 million tonnes. However, off-grid cold storage technology solutions still remain nascent with business models largely untested.
On 30th June, the Efficiency for Access Coalition and Energy 4 Impact are hosting a webinar to share insights into the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC). The OGCCC sought to identify and promote the most energy-efficient, sustainable and cost-effective clean energy cold room technology solution in sub-Saharan Africa. The webinar will highlight the successes and challenges of the competition and present actionable next steps for cold chain actors across the region.
• Types of Cold Chain in Off-Grid Areas
• Overview of the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge
• Off-grid Cold Storage Technology & Business Model Innovations
• Challenges from the Competition and Wider Sector
• Lessons Learnt
• COVID-19 Impact on the Sector
• Other Existing Programs & Grants
• Future Opportunities & Next Steps