Developing the Global Cold Chain
Fighting Food Loss and Waste.
Although more than enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, much of it is lost or wasted before reaching a consumer. The process by which perishable food is maintained from the 'farm gate to food plate' is the cold chain. Many countries around the world face challenges in securing access to safe and reliable food due to lack of understanding, knowledge and investment in cold chain best practices and infrastructure.
GCCA members play a role in developing the cold chain.
GCCA is dedicated to the proper handling and storage of perishable products and the development of systems and best practices for the safe, efficient, and reliable movement of food to the people of the world. Through our nonprofit core partner, the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), GCCA supports international cold chain development through partnerships with donors, NGOs, governments, educational institutions, local associations, and private sector businesses to promote business to business knowledge through training, education, and research. Since 2002, we have completed more than 100 projects in over 60 countries.
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The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) is committed to building and strengthening the temperature-controlled supply chain around the world. Here is a snapshot of the latest projects the International Development team is working on:
On April 24-25, 2019, the World Bank hosted the "Cooling for All...Without Over-heating the Planet. The Second Clean Cooling Congress" in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and the BEIS of the British Foreign Common Office (FCO). At the invitation of the conference organizations, Amanda Brondy traveled to this conference to co-chair and facilitate discussions on cold chain. The Conference was organized to examine what steps can be taken to reduce greenhouse gases while increasing access to cooling services as the world warms up. With participation from academic institutions, development organizations, international donors, private sector, and government representatives, the conference marked the first step to share information and develop a potential workplan for these organizations to approach cooling in a cohesive and collaborative manner. To read the full story, click here.
To highlight all the collaborative work that GCCA and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have been doing to reduce food loss and waste, Senior Director of Food Loss and Waste for WWF, Pete Pearson and GCCA’s Vice President of International Programs, Richard Tracy, participated in Through the Noise’s special podcast for National Stop Food Waste Day. The discussion focused on the producer and consumer sides of food waste, as well as current projects GCCA and WWF are working on to understand and reduce post-harvest loss. To read the full story, click here.