Each year Africa sustains post-harvest losses of fruit and vegetables worth US$48 billion, while half of the world’s undernourished people live on that continent. A majority of the post-harvest losses occur during crop transport, due to issues such as (unforeseen) delays and poor road conditions. Researchers from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente have developed the smartphone app Cheetah in collaboration with the IT company Decos. This app helps reduce crop loss by providing food transporters, growers and traders with relevant (satellite) information. “If we are able to reduce post-harvest loss by just one percent in Africa by using the app, we will already have saved US$480 million annually”. Cheetah recently won the App Challenge of the European Space Agency (ESA).
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