Antenna – Mali


Antenna Foundation

Olivier Starkenmann

EcoTech Mali

Project Type:

Pilot project


Energy efficiency



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Swiss Contribution

The Energy Unit of the Antenna Foundation is committed to reduce energy poverty by offering innovative and affordable renewable energy solutions. Thanks to its experience in agri-solar technologies supporting crop production, transformation and conservation, it aims to transmit its technical, commercial and managing know-how in developing regions. Together with the swiss-malian company EcoTech Mali, they ensure the proper implementation of the project.


Mali has been experiencing significant food insecurity for many years. Local conflicts, economic and social crisis as well as drought and floods are many factors contributing to the country’s vulnerability. In an attempt to respond to this complex problem, the Antenna Foundation plans to make five solar-powered cold rooms accessible to Malian farmers’ cooperatives in order to facilitate the conservation of crops and seeds. Thanks to the better preservation of the products made possible by refrigeration, yields can be significantly improved. In order to ensure that the cold rooms are used correctly by the owners and local farmers, training will be provided throughout the project. Regular data collection will facilitate the replication of similar projects.