US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service is collaborating with North Carolina State University (NCSU) in implementing two projects on solar-powered cold storage in Kenya. Cold storage is becoming increasingly important for resilience under climate change, highlighting the significance of science in adapting to changing global conditions. Additionally, using solar power makes it even more climate-conscious and environmentally friendly.
The second venture involves the purchase, installation, operation, and maintenance of two solar-powered container units. These units, conceptualized in the first project, are destined for use with OFSP, African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs), onions, and other economically vital crops. More collaborators in this initiative include international and local partners: INFICOLD, an institution in India responsible for producing the container units tailored under ACT/BTU's guidance to satisfy project needs; Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), a Kenyan governmental agricultural research body tasked with the sustainable operation of the two cold storage units; a local farmer cooperative; and BARIDI, a Kenyan enterprise connecting agricultural cold chain stakeholders via solar-powered refrigeration. BARIDI will collaborate with KALRO in the units' operation and maintenance.