The Chief Executive Officer of AkoFresh and a third-year student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mathias Charles Yabe, has emerged as the top innovator among the 14 winners in the Generation Restoration Challenge by the World Economic Forum.
Mathias Charles Yabe, student of the Department of Communication Design, received this honour out of 170 competitors from 50 countries on 22nd September 2021.
Mr. Yabe expressed his profound gratitude to the World Economic Forum’s Uplink for organizing the incredible worldwide competition and picking his social enterprise as the best.
The World Economic Forum is an NGO that promotes public-private partnerships around the world. The forum brings together the world’s most powerful political, business, cultural, and other leaders to discuss global, regional, and industry issues. The Forum seeks to exhibit entrepreneurship in the global public interest while maintaining the highest standards of governance.
According to Mr. Yabe, the acknowledgement by the World Economic Forum has strengthened his confidence that solving the world’s complicated problems through technology is the way to go.
AkoFresh, established last year with two foreign students from India and Finland is a green cold chain enterprise offering local farmers and traders practical preservation services to help reduce post-harvest losses. It also seeks to improve livelihood and promote ecosystem resiliency in local communities.
The enterprise has designed a solar powered cold storage preservation technology to extend shelf life of perishable crops up to 21 days. This will reduce post-harvest losses and its ripple effects on the environment. They also offer small-holder farmers training on sustainable farming practices and help them get access to viable markets. AkoFresh will be piloting in the Akumadan-Afrancho community in the Ashanti Region.