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by Mebrahtu Gebremariam
on April 3, 2016 at 8:48 AM
Dear Brenda Dawson! How are you doing? I hope you to be good. I am Mebrahtu Gebremariam from Ethiopia. I have BSc in Plant sciences and MSc in Horticulture. I am serving as a lecturer at Aksum University, Shire Campus, Ethiopia in department of Plant Sciences. I have great interest in to take part in minimizing the postharvest losses of perishables, however, I lack practical skills. Therefore, I am trying to update myself and need some training and experience from others like you. Hence I would like to thank you for sharing information regarding ways to minimize postharvest losses of perishables for smallholder producers of developing countries(Of course I have never seen CoolBot but I would like to appreciate your concern of possibilities to reduce the postharvest loss).  
Best regards,  
Mebrahtu Gebremariam  
Lecturer, Aksum University, Shire Campus, Ethiopia
by Brenda Dawson
on April 4, 2016 at 10:29 AM
Dear Mebrahtu Gebremariam, hello again! Yes, there is great need for more practical training in minimizing postharvest losses for fresh produce. We are fortunate to see this topic gaining attention as a priority.  
There are several groups who are working to fill this gap.  
One group you might be interested to hear about is the Postharvest Education Foundation ( which has an e-Learning Program to provide training.  
Another option might be the UC Postharvest Technology Center, which has a 2-week training each year and usually offers a scholarship for participants from developing countries. The scholarship is competitive and the deadline has already passed this year, but in case you're interested for next year:
by Karithi Esther
on July 14, 2016 at 11:18 PM
Dear Brenda and Mebrahtu,  
How are you? Am a MSc. Horticulture student in Kenya. My aim is to work towards minimal post harvest losses and my thesis is on the effectiveness of the Coolbot to keep low temperatures in a room under local conditions. The results are amazing!!!
by Dayna Burgeson
on May 27, 2020 at 9:05 AM
Hello. We are a small farm in Newcastle Ca and have built a cool bot refrigeration unit but it is currently grid tied. I note the units shown have solar panels mounted and am curious how one could set that up to run the unit off grid. Are there plans and materials lists I could access somewhere? Thanks
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