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CoolBot cold room

Part of University of California, Davis

Low-cost cold room for fruit and vegetable cool chain storage

https://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/coolbot
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Robert Jarman

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Stage 5: Scaling

Focus Areas:

Post Harvest, Nutrition and Food Safety and Standards

Post Harvest, Nutrition and Food Safety and StandardsSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Thailand, Zambia, Honduras and 5 MoreSEE ALL

Thailand, Zambia, Honduras, Kenya, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Cambodia and GuineaSEE LESS

8
Countries Implemented In
500
Customers
Verified Funding
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Problem

Postharvest losses can be immense, particularly during periods of glut

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Solution

CoolBot cold room is a relatively low-cost cooling unit for storing harvested fruits and vegetables

Target Beneficiaries

Smallholder farmers

Innovation Description

Temperature management is the key tool for reducing postharvest losses in the developing world. Very few smallholder farmers have access to cooling or cool storage facilities, and refrigerated transportation is a rarity. The coolbot__ is an innovative cooling device system, which uses an intelligent thermostat system to control a standard room air conditioner to create a small-scale cooler out of a well-insulated room.

Competitive Advantage

Lower cost compared to other industrial cool rooms, easier to repair as well.

Milestones

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Funds RaisedVERIFIED
TITLEReducing postharvest losses in Rwanda
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Food Safety and Standards and Post Harvest
IMPLEMENTED INGuinea, Guatemala, Ghana and 9 moreSEE ALLGuinea, Guatemala, Ghana, Cambodia, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Mexico, Kenya, Honduras, Zambia, ThailandSEE LESS
Date Unknown
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$1,000,000
TITLEExamining nutrition impacts of horticultural innovations in Bangladesh
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Post Harvest
IMPLEMENTED INGuinea, Cambodia, Bangladesh and 5 moreSEE ALLGuinea, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Kenya, Honduras, Zambia, ThailandSEE LESS
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Guinea
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Honduras
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Zambia
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Thailand