The Global Menace.
Globally, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost each year. (UN, FAO)
Post-harvest Losses of vegetables and fruits occur at all points in the supply chain from post-production storage to the food being placed on a plate for consumption.
UNEP estimates that a staggering 15% of food waste related CO2 emissions come from inefficiency in post-harvest cold chains.
Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have been found to lose as much as 36 percent of their total harvested food, with up to 94 percent of these losses attributed to inefficient supply chains.
Solar-Powered Cold Storage Unit.
For smallholder farmers and traders.
Our mobile off-grid preservation technology is made of cold room panels, sensors, a condensing unit and an evaporator. This technology extends shelf life of perishable crops from the usual 5-day period to 21 days.
The technology is available to smallholder farmers and traders as a service.
We rent out storage spaces to farmers at a daily fee or weekly subscription.
Our Social Impact
We have developed a solution keeping in mind the Triple Bottom Line accountability framework, which is inclusive of the social, economic, and environmental impacts of our business.
Reducing green house gas emissions and conserving environmental resources.
Alleviating poverty in small-holders' farming communities and boosting the local economy
Creating employment opportunities for women and the youth.
The tomato buyers do not come to purchase the produce after
harvesting and tomatoes are left on the farms to rot.
Introducing AkoFresh “Cold Store” is a great idea since we will be able to keep
our tomatoes fresh while we find buyers.
(Akumadan Farmer and Youth Leader)
Every solar cold room we set up is reducing up to 16.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions each month.
This means that with two of our preservation units operating, we are saving over 300 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually in just one community, thereby contributing to achieving a net-zero carbon world. The impact increases as we grow and expand to new communities.
Best Startup Under 3 Years Old
Startupper of the Year Challenge (3rd Edition)
First Prize Winner
Young Global Changers Recoupling Award
Global Solutions Initiative
Winner & Top Innovator
Generation Restoration Youth Challenge.
UpLink - World Economic Forum.
Grand Prize Winner
Fishbowl Entrepreneurship Challenge
Community Prize Winner
Techstyle for Social Good International Competition.
The Mills Fabrica.
The Opex Prize
Dalex Finance & CSIR-INSTI
Mathias Charles Yabe
Chief Executive Officer
Crop Analyst and Corporate Affairs