As Solar Refrigerator Keeps Mangoes Cold, Farmers' Profits Heat Up

Solar-powered cold storage and biological pest control are helping protect Kenya's mangoes from climate change.

It is a hot and cloudless morning, a sign that it will be sunny right through the afternoon. Joseph Mailu moves along rows of fruiting mango trees with a long pole in his hand, harvesting the mature fruits.

The succulent green mangoes drop inside a net tied to the tip of the pole which prevents them from falling on the ground and being damaged.

The quality of the fruit is a big concern to farmers and traders hoping to sell to the lucrative export market.

But now farmers in Nziu are benefitting from two innovations - solar-powered cold storage, and biological pest control - to help protect their harvest against the effects of climate change.

Mattie Hagedorn


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