We are tackling a Food Security Problem

One of the major challenges of the 21st century is to sustainably feed a planet with 9 billion inhabitants in 2050, according to UN projections. However, each year, one third of the world’s food production, worth more than $1 trillion, is lost according to the FAO. In Africa, post-harvest losses are even higher to reach 37% of the total production ,which amounts to roughly $48 billion. This situation is alarming in a continent where 250 million people are hungry. One of the main factors leading to those losses is lack of access to cold storage solutions adapted to the African context where more than half of the population lives with no electricity and with limited financial means. These losses result in a significant economic impact where farmers’ incomes are reduced by at least 15%.

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We are a Climate-Positive Solution
Food waste is a huge contributor to climate change, the total carbon footprint of food wastage is around 4.4 GtCO2eq per year. If food wastage were a country, it would be the third largest emitting country in the world according to the FAO.
It seriously harms the environment, 1.4 billion hectares of land is used annually to produce “wasted food” and the water used for irrigation to grow crop that is eventually wasted is enough to meet the domestic water needs of 9 billion people.
Any increase in ambient temperature resulting from a changing climate increases the risk of food waste and directly impacts food security. It’s a vicious circle !
While cooling technologies can solve the problem, they are also a large contributor to climate change. Using an efficient and clean cold storage technology is the only way to fight Food waste without any increase in CO2 emissions.
One of our biggest motivation in Deep tech entrepreneurship is to have positive impact on our planet and building climate resilience is one of the most important goals that we aim to achieve
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At BMTA&C, climate action in more than a responsibility, It is a mission !
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A solution with an enormous potential as a future cost-effective and nonpolluting source of energy for Africa and many other developing regions
The lack of access to affordable and reliable energy in the developing world remains an obstacle towards adopting cold storage technologies. Our mission is to solve this problem by providing them with an efficient off-grid refrigeration technology powered by renewable energy that can store all the perishable products from food to medical supplies. The ST-COLD 5 is designed to save fruits and vegetables losses but our technology concept is designed to be adapted to a wide range of temperatures and storage capacities. Thus, it offers a wide scope of applications. It can store many other food products like milk, eggs, fish, meat etc... Our future goal is to design a version of our refrigerator dedicated to the storage of vaccines. The developing world is suffering from a weak vaccine cold chain, vaccines are spoiled even before being dispensed. According to WHO, more than 1.5 million people die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. The pandemic of Covid-19 has also turned the eyes on the importance of improving access to an efficient and reliable medical cold chain in developing countries. “Nearly 3 billion of the world’s 7.8 billion people live where temperature-controlled storage is insufficient for an immunization campaign to bring COVID-19 under control “ Associated Press News.
We see in our technology an enormous potential to bring clean, sustainable and energy- efficient refrigeration to the world’s developing regions.

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Innovation and Hard-tech in the service of Humanity
A clean and efficient cooling technology contributes to most of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals according to the report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). ST-COLD 5 can mainly advance 4 UN’s SDGs: It is climate-positive solution that uses clean energy to tackle Food waste and directly impacts smallholder farmers’ income. Based on our field market study in Ivory Coast and Togo, in one year, one of our units can save 314 tons of produce and improve farmers' income by 68%.
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