The ‘cold chain’ describes how the temperature of perishable products is managed to maintain their
quality and safety throughout the supply chain from where they are harvested or slaughtered to
where they are consumed. Cold chains play a critical role in reducing food loss and increasing food
supplies, but in developing countries they are either fragmented or do not exist.
The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) was launched in August 2018 as part of
the Ideas to Impact programme to fill information gaps about one component of the off-grid cold
chain (cold storage) with the hopes of contributing to a larger discourse addressing off-grid cold
chains designed to support smallholder farmers.
The OGCCC aimed to identify and reward the most appropriate technologies for off-grid cold storage, and by promoting the technologies and their associated business models, stimulate appropriate support from donors, investors and government.