Your Virtual Cold Chain Assistant
Type. data.org project
Funding. This project is funded by the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Rockefeller Foundation.
Duration. 2 years (2021-2022).
Collaborations. BASE, Swiss Data Science Center, local service providers in India.
Contact. Thijs Defraeye (principal investigator).
Your virtual cold chain assistant aims to use open access, data-science-based mobile application to save food, improve food quality, reduce CO2 emissions, and enhance the livelihood of smallholder farmers in India. By leveraging available farm input data such as weather and precipitation data, historical hygrothermal data in storage, data on the farming system, and so on, this project will use machine learning coupled with physics-based modeling to provide smallholder farmers and service providers with real-time food quality metrics such as remaining shelf life, weight loss, microbial spoilage, etc. and pre-and post-harvest market analytics. With this information, farmers can make informed decisions on when and how to sell their produce. At the same time, this project will give the service providers access to sustainable, energy-efficient, clean, affordable, and easy to operate refrigeration systems.