The Anonymous Widower

Solar Freeze

I found this simple idea on an awards web-site.

Solar Freeze is designed to solve this problem.

In much of the developing world, postharvest losses are as high as 80% and the cold‐storage chain is virtually non‐existent due to the high cost of equipment and spotty electricity. Because fresh produce can perish in a matter of days under ambient temperatures, temperature control alone can extend the shelf life by weeks or even months.

And this is their solution.

Solar Freeze is pioneering mobile cold storage units powered by renewable energy for rural smallholder farmers, to help them reduce the huge challenge of post-harvest loss in much of the developing world, postharvest losses are as high as 80% and the cold-storage chain is virtually non-existent due to the high cost of equipment and spotty electricity.

I do like the term spotty electricity!

They’ve come up with products like this mobile solar-powered cold room.

I’ve also found this video.

This is the sort of help and innovation, that a lot of the world needs.

April 29, 2020 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

So What Is M-Pesa?

In the post on the Scottish currency, I mentioned M-Pesa.  So what is it? I started by reading the Wikipedia entry. Here’s the initial paragraph.

In April 2007, following a student software development project from Kenya, Safaricom launched a new mobile phone based payment and money transfer service, known as M-Pesa. The service allows users to deposit money into an account stored on their cell phones, to send balances using SMS technology to other users (including sellers of goods and services), and to redeem deposits for regular money. Users are charged a small fee for sending and withdrawing money using the service. M-Pesa has spread quickly, and has become the most successful mobile phone based financial service in the developing world. By 2012, a stock of about 17 million M-Pesa accounts had been registered in Kenya.
The initial work of developing the product was given to a product and technology development company known as Sagentia. Development and second line support responsibilities were transferred to IBM in September of 2009, to where most of the original Sagentia team transferred.

It sounds a lot more sophisticated than anything we’ve got here! Especially, as it works on the humblest of Nokia mobile phones!

It’s developments like this, that will empower individuals and kill off the unnecessary wunch, that some still call bankers.

April 23, 2013 Posted by | Business, Computing, Finance, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Which Brother and Sister Played for Two Different Countries in Different Sports in the 2010 Commonwealth Games?

This sounds like a trivial pursuit question and it is.  The answer is in the long form in the Sports section of today’s Sunday Times.

They are Christa Cullen, who if she is fit, will be playing in the Hockey in the London Olympics and her brother Gray who plays rugby for Kenya.  There’s more about it here in the Guardian.

April 29, 2012 Posted by | Sport, Transport | , , | Leave a comment