adapt and test a climate-sensitive digital cold chain assistant
improve access to and use of climate-friendly cooling systems
develop gender-sensible business models to increase the income of smallholder farmers and local SMEs
reduce post-harvest losses
15 % more income for producers
10 % more turnover of SMEs
50 % less CO2 emissions
20 % less post-harvest losses for producers
The digital cold chain assistant is a tailor-made open-source app which is added on to local cooling systems. The App optimises the use of local cooling systems for smallholder farmers – made accessible to them via a fee-financed service model.
In Cooperation with The Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) and The Swiss Federal Labs for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) the measure pilots the use of a “digital cold chain assistant” in Nigeria and scales the innovation in cooperation with GIZ´s Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) in India, amongst others. The open-access application informs smallholder farms in real time which refrigeration services are available for their products, how their products can be ideally stored and when they can be sold at the best possible market prices.
At the same time, it informs the technology provider about the ideal utilisation of the system, thus reducing technical malfunctions and necessary repairs. In combination with a charging model for refrigeration services and the use of energy-efficient technologies, the climate-sensitive digital cold chain assistant offers the potential to efficiently match supply and demand for refrigeration services. Refrigeration services are made available through a fee-for-service model, where smallholder clients pay only for the amount of agricultural produce they store in the cold rooms.
APPROACH/FIELD OF INTERVENTION
Testing of the digital cold chain assistant primarily in Nigeria and furthermore scaling it in conjunction with an incubator and a digital platform in cooperation with GIZ´s GIAE in India.
An accompanying gender strategy developed and implemented by the partners ensures that women are empowered in their position as producers, employees or entrepreneurs.
smallholder farms with limited access to cooling systems
local SMEs that provide cooling services
Creation, validation and calibration of the digital cold chain assistant and identification of appropriate measures to adapt the cooling-as-a-service model.
Testing of the climate-sensitive digital cold chain assistant in 2 regions of Nigeria.
Establishing partner structures with further projects, especially in India with GIAE
Establishing a business incubator
Advising and supporting companies in developing gender-sensitive business models and adapting the cold chain assistant
Advising small and medium-sized enterprises on the choice of energy-efficient technologies
Development and adaptation of a measurement method/standard to determine the CO2 emissions of cooling systems and to determine post-harvest losses
Survey and monitoring of energy consumption per tonne of agricultural products
Launch of a digital information platform and implementation of digital event formats
Cooperation with and financing of agricultural extension services for the implementation of awareness-raising measures for smallholder farmers.