The Basel Energy Foundation BASE and Empa have made a documentary film about their cold chain project Your Virtual Cold Chain Assistant. Image provided by BASE

BASE and Empa launch video about Nigerian cold chain project

29 April 2024 09:09

BASE

Basel/Dübendorf - The Basel Energy Foundation BASE and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have made a documentary film about their Nigerian cold chain project Your Virtual Cold Chain Assistant. In the video, the project team provide insights into the system’s effectiveness.

The team behind Your Virtual Cold Chain Assistant (Your VCCA) aims to raise awareness of the challenges farmers face due to inadequate access to refrigerated storage facilities. The project began in Nigeria in 2021. During a trip through the Nigerian states of Osun and Delta in November 2023, the team worked with a local film crew to make a documentary video showing how significantly Your VCCA is improving the situation. One small farmer says that access to the project has extended the shelf life of his tomatoes from two to 21 days.

The Cooling as a Service initiative was launched by the BASE Foundation and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Your VCCA is a data-driven mobile application designed to prevent the post-harvest loss of food due to improper handling and storage. It is based on the fact that the country loses almost 50 per cent of its national food production every year – due to a growing population and the additional risk of crop loss from climate change.

The app improves access to solar-powered refrigeration facilities known as ColdHubs, and enables an affordable, usage-based payment model. Additionally, farmers can use it to monitor the shelf life of their products in real time.

“Through a combination of technological innovation, personalised services, and stakeholder engagement, Your VCCA is emerging as a pivotal effort in assisting farming communities in adapting to climate change and building more resilient fresh food supply chains,” according to BASE. ce/mm

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