A solar-powered cold storage system installed in Nigeria’s most populous city by the Bush Mama Foundation reaches facilities that do not have conventional refrigeration. The cold storage unit gives farmers in the Soils and Agriculture Development Programme (SADP) access to storage and extension services. It also provides advice to cold chains on stocking, tracing and transport of food.
A “cold chain” provides an essential system for ensuring food safety and preservation. It facilitates the supply chain and improves productivity, especially for perishable and perishable-grade crops.
The small, portable Bush Mama Cold Storage System is able to provide temperature control in up to 35 hours. At its present facility in the Tafawa Balewa local government area of Nigeria, farmers are able to store their crops for up to five days. The cold chain, funded by the Bush Mama Foundation, Bush Mama Smart Farming Foundation, TED and Oxfam GB, took two years to set up, says Dr. Kola Olotu, Executive Director of Bush Mama Foundation.
Bush Mama Foundation’s focus is on increasing food security in Nigeria. The Bush Mama Global Learning Network, described as “a community inspired by the founding of Bush Mama Foundation,” consists of over 10 schools and a football academy in Nigeria.
Gaby Zakaria writes for Global Viewpoint Network.