30-50% of food is wasted due to lack of adequate storage causing economic instability for farmers in developing countries and damage to the environment.
A solution to extend the shelf life of perishable crops from 5 to 21 days, by lessening water loss and slowing the ripening process while maintaining texture, flavour, and nutrients. The technology consisting of solar panels, a compressor, a condensing unit, and an evaporator, gives growers time to sell their produce at a fair rate while preventing greenhouse gas emissions.
Mathias Charles Yabe is a food systems hero and a technology enthusiast with a strong background in product design. Mathias is a Top Innovator by the World Economic Forum and one of the 8 young leaders for the 2022 Youth for Climate Resilient Agriculture Program hosted by the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In 2018 Mathias supported the design of an automated hydroponics solution to reduce malnutrition in a local community in Ghana. He also pioneered the development of a virtual disability learning platform that enabled hearing impaired students to study during the pandemic and was recognized by the Ford Motor Company Fund. moreLinkedIn Instagram
Dhruvika has academic background in Environment & Sustainable Development studies from the Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities at the O. P. Jindal Global University in India. She has extensively worked in the Digital Marketing field and is currently working on developing the upcoming service segment of AkoFresh: Farmers’ Online Markets Platform. She has also served as a UN Millenium Fellow with successful completion of a project focused on setting up a sustainability consultancy firm. Sustainable business development is her major interest area with exclusive focus on sustainable supply chain management. Her research interests revolve around small-holder farmers’ markets solutions and renewable energy. moreLinkedIn
Arina is a Master’s student at the University of Cambridge. Most of her academic work revolves around remote sensing and forest ecology, mapping out regions of the UK best suited for forest growth to help battle climate change. She has a strong background in plant sciences, with experience with experimental crop science, crop yield modeling, and disease predictions. Arina has been instrumental in outlining the agricultural sector in Ghana and product development. She has also participated in SLUSH, a startup and tech event held in Helsinki, Finland, as well as the Homerton Changemakers programme, both of which foster and help build entrepreneurial ideas. moreLinkedIn