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%.
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.
We see in our technology an enormous potential to bring clean, sustainable and energy- efficient refrigeration to the world’s developing regions.