ColdHubs Ltd. is a social enterprise that designs, installs, commissions and operates 100% 3 tonnes, 10 tonnes and 100 tonnes solar powered walk-in cold rooms branded as "ColdHubs", in markets and farm clusters. The Hubs are used by smallholder farmers, retailers and wholesalers, to store and preserve fresh fruits, vegetables and other perishable foods 24/7, extending their shelf life from 2 days to 21 days.
In addition to deploying technology, ColdHubs tackles limited awareness and knowledge base of these food supply chain actors by organising and imparting on them, comprehensive skills and knowledge on post-harvest management of perishable food using local language educational comics which educates them on best harvest methods, handling, sorting and grading, packing using returnable plastic crates, on-farm cooling, packing house, best practices in transportation, storage and preservation to avoid spoilage in the market, managing spoilage during sales, the ColdHubs advantage, nutritional value of high quality fruits and vegetables and financial gains due to high quality fruits and vegetables.
ColdHubs aims to eliminate the impact of food spoilage and lack of small-scale post-harvest infrastructure facing 470 million smallholder farmers globally and increase the income of farmers and retailers because, previous losses have been eliminated.
Type of organisation
Rural electrification expertise
Off-grid system used