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Building from Prior Work in Uzbekistan, GCCA Assesses Cold Chain Development in the Central Asian Countries of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan

Since 2011, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has supported cold storage in Uzbekistan. The country has witnessed substantial growth in refrigerated warehouse capacity from only 258,000 cubic meters in 2010 to 3.5 million cubic meters in 2016. Horticulture exports jumped in 2016 alone by 38 percent, to more than 800,000 tons of fruit and vegetables.

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Conestoga Cold Storage Works With ColdHubs on Solar Cold Storage Business in Owerri, Nigeria

Since 2016, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has partnered with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to provide technical assistance to cold storage companies in Nigeria. The interest and support from GCCA membership has already resulted in four companies receiving guidance and advice from GCCA members with two more planned for September.

Conestoga Cold Storage President Greg Laurin (left) and Chairman Larry Laurin (second from left) speak with ColdHubs representatives in Owerri, Nigeria.

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GCCA Examines Feasibility for Postharvest Technology Service Center in Gbarnga, Liberia.

In 2016, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) completed a cold chain assessment in Liberia for a project that is supporting agribusiness development. Our partners on this project, Cultivating New Frontiers in Africa (CNFA), have followed up on several of the recommendations, including providing postharvest training and most recently, examining the feasibility of setting up a Postharvest Technology Service Center (PTSC) in the country.

GCCA examines feasibility for Postharvest Technology Service Center in Gbarnga, Liberia.

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Assessment of Existing Cold Chain Standards, Regulations & Practices Takes Place in Beijing and Shanghai

Several provinces and municipalities in China are in the process of updating the cold chain network standards that are intended to exceed the national standards currently in place. Many of the current guidelines are based on standards introduced from the Soviet Union with little change since the 1960s. However, shippers and logistics companies have made significant upgrades to their equipment over the years, which have not kept pace with the new technologies. Continue reading

Coolins Food Bank Selected to Take Part in Project to Reduce Food Loss in Nigeria

By Meghana Venkatesh

Coolins Food Bank Ltd. joins Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) member Cold Hubs Ltd. as one of the first businesses to be a part of the Nigeria Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) due to the high levels of malnutrition and postharvest losses of fresh fruits and vegetables in Nigeria. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) created PLAN, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Rockefeller’s YieldWise program, to bring together numerous public and private actors to collectively reduce the waste of nutritious food. Continue reading

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