It is 07:30 in the early morning of a hot and humid day at Sealdah station in Kolkata buzzing with commuters, “coolies”, and travelers going about their business. We, two members of the IGEN-RE team of the German Development Corporation, catch one of the local trains taking us through and out of Kolkata and its peripheries, through rice paddies and jute fields up North to Nadia District. We meet Ekta Jaju from SwitchOn, a grassroot organization working on creating an ecosystem to facilitate last mile access to energy.
Local market where farmers' produce is auctioned
to middlemen - the process is facilitators often
reap a significant share of the total profit margin
|Construction of the cold storage facility in September 2014|