How a Nigerian distributor reduced its food bill by 90 percent with energy efficiency

Patients in Nigeria face frequent blackouts during the winter months. That means food is often spoiling before it can be consumed. But WOA FoodShare, an edibles and drygoods distributor, was able to save far…

How a Nigerian distributor reduced its food bill by 90 percent with energy efficiency

Patients in Nigeria face frequent blackouts during the winter months.

That means food is often spoiling before it can be consumed. But WOA FoodShare, an edibles and drygoods distributor, was able to save far less food than usual this year by installing more efficient cold storage in its various sites across Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. The company buys from farmers — who spend less time travelling long distances to sell their products— and distributes to retail stores such as WOFA Traders Cooperative Stores.

Operating in the market, its warehouses, and its coolers, WOA’s stations keep the usual 100,000 tons of produce fresh and fresh, year-round. WOA says it can save up to 90 percent on its food bill since the company now stocks up only on what is in season rather than stockpiling for a specific expiration date.

“We want to show how much people can save by simply investing in their infrastructure,” said International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) ambassador Alejo Nepomuceno. “Instead of conducting unnecessary tests or costly infrastructure, installing energy saving technologies could enable the purchase of food for their children’s health and basic needs.”

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