India is one of the world’s largest food producers, yet 25 percent to 35 percent of the food produced is wasted due to a lack of proper refrigeration and other supply chain bottlenecks. Only 6 percent of the food produced in India currently moves through the cold chain, compared to about 60 percent in developed countries.
To increase this percentage and support smallholder farmers — who make up the bulk of India’s hungry and poor — The Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) and their partner Empa (The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) seek to create an open access, data science-based mobile application, using machine learning and physics-based food modeling.
Your Virtual Cold-Chain Assistant will enable smallholder farmers to access clean and efficient cooling, easy to access pre- and post- harvest expertise and market intelligence – serviced by another BASE initiative: cooling as a service. With access to these services, smallholder farmer incomes are expected to increase by 10 percent to 30 percent per year, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving food security in line with Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger).