- Award period: January 2016 - January 2018
- Website: http://storeitcold.com
Because other options for cold storage are too expensive for exporters who source from smallholders, Store It Cold is commercializing the CoolBot, the only low-cost alternative to traditional refrigeration in Honduras and Guatemala. The CoolBot attaches to a standard air conditioner to regulate and control the temperature of an insulated room, extending shelf life, maintaining quality, and reducing rejection rates for horticultural crops. The CoolBot helps generate higher incomes for smallholder farmers by providing reliable cold storage for exporters and associations that source from them.
Outcome: As many as 9,000 smallholder farmers will benefit from increased availability of affordable cold storage.