FoodHubs

Farmer's safe haven

We use a solar powered cold room to help smallholder farmers preserve their produce so as to avoid post harvest losses.

Use Case

Perishable food items such as fruits and vegetables start to lose their freshness and nutritional value as soon as they are harvested. They lose weight, texture, physical appeal and their nutritional value. Whereas cooling or refrigeration help retain status of foods for a number of days. But how many farmers or market sellers have capability to cool their produce after harvest? The lack of access to proper storage facilities is the major reason for post-harvest losses. This results in high loss of produce, translating to a poverty cycle for farmers. Farmers currently store their produce in the market in the open space, or in sacks, primarily abandoning them and hoping they will remain as fresh as possible and attractive to the sellers.

Potential

Smallholder Farmers loose up to 40% of their post-harvest produce due to poor or non-existent storage infrastructure. A high percentage of these farmers live under $5 per day and are ironically the major suppliers of food to African families. These set of farmers live in poverty and do not get the required support to up their game. Farmers produce shelf life would be extended by 2 - 14 days. Our concept will help farmers earn 70% more, avoid waste, ensure they can expand their business and employ more. Our concept also supports the zero hunger goal of the SDG.

Business Case

FoodHub is a low tech, low cost, easy to operate and accessible storage facility for smallholder farmers. Farmers subscribe to the service daily and will retrieve their produce the day after or as they deem fit. Our hub is reliable and convenient to use. Revenue will be earned through a pay as you store model. Farmers' produce would be stored per crate at 15 cents per day. We run at almost no cost since our hubs are powered through solar. On successful scale across markets and farms in Nigeria in next three to five years, FoodHubs shall scale the use of its innovation across Africa and Asia.

Objectives:

  1. Reduce post harvest loss of smallholders farmers produce in fruits, vegetables and other perishable foods.
  2. Ensures zero hunger goal of the SDG is achieved and that nutritious foods get to the consumer.
  3. Guarantee increase in farmer’s income and helps farmers expand their work.

Team FoodHubs

Lagos, Nigeria

Our Team

Our Mission

We are a 3 man team with mission to reduce or eliminate post harvest losses of smallholder farmers produce and to support the zero hunger goal of the SDG.

Our Background

Our CEO has won awards including the Mandela Washington Fellowship & the Commonwealth Fellowship. Our COO is a lady mechanical engineer who studied engineering from polytechnic to graduate level while winning several scholarships. Finally, our program manager is a Masters student at the University of Ibadan studying Agricultural science. We care about eliminating poverty. We are participating in this challenge to help smallholder farmers in west Africa.

Our Team

Our Mission

We are a 3 man team with mission to reduce or eliminate post harvest losses of smallholder farmers produce and to support the zero hunger goal of the ...Read More

Our Background

Our CEO has won awards including the Mandela Washington Fellowship & the Commonwealth Fellowship. Our COO is a lady mechanical engineer who studied engineering from polytechnic to graduate ...Read More

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