Powering Agriculture Innovator SimGas is one of five winners selected from more than 400 proposals submitted in response to the Amplify's fifth Challenge. NGOs, entrepreneurs, and social innovators were invited to design solutions that improve the livelihoods of more than half a billion small scale farmers. The challenge focused on reducing waste and spoilage, as over 42 percent of the food produced by small scale farmers is lost during harvest or during the time it takes to get product from farm to market.
SimGas, together with partners SNV, Mueller and BoP Innovation Center, submitted their biogas-powered milk chiller for Small-Scale Dairy Farmers in Eastern Africa in response to the Challenge 'How might we improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers by reducing food waste and spoilage?'.
“Our dream is that by 2025, milk spoilage by off-grid farmers is something of the past; the Biogas Milk Chiller shall be a widely accepted link in the cold chain for emerging dairy sectors worldwide” – Sanne Castro, CEO SimGas
The SimGas off-grid biogas milk chiller uses biogas generated from cow manure to allow smallholder farmers to preserve milk at standards accepted by international milk buyers. This allows smallholder dairy farmers without access to electricity to store, deliver and sell the highest possible quality of raw milk, and to increase their income.
"The Amplify Program is thrilled to announce SimGas as one of the Agricultural Innovation Challenge winners. We think that their Biogas Milk Chiller design has the potential to improve the lives of smallholder famers in Kenya and Tanzania and we're excited to welcome them into our global portfolio."- Chioma Ume, Amplify Challenge Manager at IDEO.org
To kick off their 18 months as an Amplify grantee, SimGas will join the Amplify Team in Nairobi for a human-centered design bootcamp in September. SimGas will receive a grant of between $50,000 and $150,000 to further develop their Biogas Milk Chiller design.
"We're very proud to have won this challenge. It is a unique opportunity to work with one of the largest design agencies in the world and founders of the 'human-centered design' concept, IDEO.org, to help turn our biogas milk chiller design into a ground-breaking product that has the potential to empower thousands of smallholder dairy farmers in East Africa to improve their lives and income positions!" – Dorine Poelhekke, Business Developer at SimGas
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