Modern cold chains manage the temperature of perishable goods from farm to table, maintaining quality and safety in the supply chain, reducing food loss, and increasing food supplies. Cold chains play a critical role in developing countries, where post-harvest food losses and processing for farmers can be as high as 40%. Cold chains reduce post-harvest, high-value crop loss, increase profits through greater bargaining power at the market place, and enable better commercialization of agricultural produce in regional and international markets.
However, the technology is often out of reach in off-grid areas in developing markets due its cost, a lack of access to reliable electricity, and the wide variety of uncoordinated stakeholders in the broader cold chain.
The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) is an international competition to identify and promote the most energy-efficient, sustainable and cost-effective technologies that can meet the cold storage requirements for fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products in the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Innovation prizes totaling £250,000 will be awarded to products winners and finalists to stimulate advances in cold change technology markets.
Establishing cold chains as extensive and reliable as those in industrialized countries would enable developing countries to raise food supply by 15% – about 250 million tonnes.
By supporting the development of innovative cold chain solutions that run off clean energy, the Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge will catalyze technology innovation and market development. Innovation prizes will be awarded to products that demonstrate innovation in energy efficiency, off-grid appropriateness, scalability and feasibility of deployment.
Product nomination for OGCCC opened on 26 March 2018 and closed on 25 May 2018. All nominated products will undergo testing by accredited laboratories and an evaluation by a panel of off-grid market experts. Final prize winners will be announced in March 2019.