Cold storage facilities have clear potential to help smallholder farmers reduce post-harvest food losses in east Africa. Yet a clear and proven business model for doing that does not yet exist.
That is why the Rabo Foundation recently hosted a round table meeting in Nairobi, Kenya to connect players in the fresh produce supply chain. They discussed the challenges of cold storage at smallholder level and explored market driven, scalable cold storage solutions. Sixteen organizations attended the round table meeting. Crucially, they each represented different parts in the fresh produce value chain, bringing a range of perspectives to the table. Together the participants explored issues relating to finance, production, storage, packaging, distribution, and markets.