Almost 1 billion extremely poor people live in rural areas where they are engaged in agricultural activities. A lack of knowledge of post-harvest practices combined with poor infrastructure and no storage facilities result in at least 40% waste in the fresh-produce supply chains in developing countries. Cold storage chains for dairy products in rural areas would have a tremendously positive effect on the income generated by smallholder farmers in developing countries. The challenge for Mueller: developing a cooling solution for the evening milk of the farmers.
Together with local entrepreneurs, Mueller developed the Solar Cooler: an off-grid milk cooler for churns, that runs on solar power. The cooling unit enables producers to preserve the quality of their fresh dairy. This also means less dairy waste and may generate new job opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
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The BoP Innovation Center (BoPInc) accelerates the number and impact of inclusive innovations in low-income markets. Inclusive innovations serve the demand of the poor and create shared value for all stakeholders involved. BoP Inc. incubates innovations, shares learnings and improves the enabling environment. Together with leading companies and civil society organizations, they explore the potential of low-income markets and create new business propositions. For more information, visit the website or watch the video clip.
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