A competition to catalyze off-grid cold chain
technology innovation and market development
Modern cold chain technology is essential to the agricultural sector. 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 have the potential to significantly improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers. However, modern cold chain technology is often out of reach in off-grid areas in developing markets due its cost, a lack of access to electricity, and the wide variety of uncoordinated stakeholders in the broader cold chain.
The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) aims to identify the world’s best and most innovative off-grid cold chain technologies, and accelerate the development of commercial market for those technologies.
The Program will Launch Early 2018
OGCCC is a part of Ideas to Impact, a UK Department for International Development-funded initiative to catalyze innovation on significant environmental and developmental problems related to climate change, energy and water services. Ideas to Impact is an action-research program focused on designing, implementing and testing innovation prizes to help solve these intractable challenges. OGCCC is also supported by Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid initiative.
OGCCC is implemented in partnership with Energy 4 Impact, a non-profit organization working with local businesses to extend access to energy in Africa, to improve livelihoods and accelerate economic growth.