How Keep IT Cool and Shell Foundation cold-chain program is transforming lives

Many Kenyans make their living via the fish value chain, but its growth potential is limited by high post-harvest losses caused in a large part by lack of food cold chain infrastructure, which is in turn constrained by limited access to energy.

Despite the challenges and uncertainties presented by COVID-19, our cooling as a service program success helped secure livelihoods for small fish and chicken businesses. Here are our recent research findings on the potential impact of cooling technologies on the fish value chain of small-scale Kenyan fish retailers and fisherfolk. 

Shell Foundation has extended financial support to this program to reduce the cold-chain access barrier for small businesses in Western Kenya. We are looking for more investors and partners to build efficient market cold-chain-powered market channels with a real impact on small-scale farmers and traders.