PAEGC Site Visits with University of Georgia Research Foundation in Uganda

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In May, the team visited UGARF’s milk production facility, two smallholder farms where the deployed milk chillers are installed, a local business that is part of the supply chain, and a vocational carpentry school where the thermization units for the milk chilling process are made.

The smallholder farms where the units are installed are operated by women, both of whom reported benefits, including better opportunities for their children and grandchildren as a result of being able to afford to send them to better schools, and a sense of empowerment at having their own income and not having to rely on their husbands for money.

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The University of Georgia’s William Kisaalita discussed the challenges of developing a reliable cold chain in Uganda in a recent article on NPR’s The Salt, “Why You Shouldn’t Take Your Milk’s 3-Week Shelf Life for Granted”

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William Kisaalita of the University of Georgia Research Foundation discusses their refrigeration unit powered on biogas extracted from cow manure. Reusable zeolite plates capture water vapor from the evaporative milk chilling process.