UNTIL Egypt proudly presented a prototype demo of a cold storage solution at the inaugural Egypt Cold Chain Exhibition launch by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation together with the Feed the Future - Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FAS) project.
This customized application is the lab’s first solution prototype, developed in collaboration with e-Finance and Feed the Future who joined UNTIL Egypt Partnership Specialist, Ms. Ghada Hamdy, on stage for the demo, panel discussion, and informal focus group. The strategic venue convened hundreds of packhouse owners and operators, exporters, agricultural associations, cooperatives and their farmer members, input suppliers, end-market retailers including supermarkets, government officials, and logistic agencies from Egypt and international markets.
The solution comes a response to the significant waste and loss incurred throughout the Egyptian agriculture value chain. It enables users to find providers, get access to cold storage facilities, and chilled transportation services.
UNTIL identified this gap, and opportunity, through an Agri-tech market research and feasibility digital survey to over 500 experts from academia, governmental entities, NGOs, private sector and start-ups from more than 20 countries. The results were further analyzed in a specialized workshop in Cairo resulting in the priority advanced-technologies projects for the lab to implement with different stakeholders from across the ecosystem -including the cold storage solution.
In its role brokering the fields of technology innovation and the development sector, UNTIL Egypt forged a partnership between e-Finance for the app build on their AgriMisr platform, and with Feed the Future linking their extensive knowledge and network in the agriculture sector.
The beta version of the app is scheduled to be deployed by May 2020, launching the first phase of app, as well as other tech-based solutions to serve the Egyptian agri-tech sector.
"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."
23 March 2018, New York