Learn About Our Work in Southern Asia

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Learn More About Our Office in Southern Asia

Representing India, the GCCA India Division provides invaluable resources, programs, and services to nearly 40 companies and temperature-controlled facilities in the region. Contact the India Division to learn more.

Learn More About WFLO Projects in Southern Asia

Below is a list of just some of the projects completed in the region over the last five years through the research and education am of GCCA, The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO).

Afghanistan: Small and Medium Enterprise Development Project

As a subcontractor to DAI under the USAID-funded Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ASMED) Project, WFLO provided technical expertise in the design and business plan development of a planned cold storage facility. WFLO advisers evaluated the proposed facility based on location, cost, utilities (water and electricity), transportation network, work force, and environmental issues.

Pakistan: Cold Chain Development Project

WFLO is providing technical assistance to the Pakistan Agricultural and Cold Chain Development Project (PACCD), a USDA-funded, three year project which aims to link horticultural and fishery production in Baluchistan to modern domestic markets in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and Hyderabad, as well as to international markets. Under a subcontract to Winrock International, WFLO is helping to lay the groundwork for the establishment of national cold chain association in Pakistan. This association will represent the interests of all members of an integrated cold chain industry.

Pakistan Cold Chain Feasibility Study

Supported by the United States Trade Development Agency, WFLO technical advisers evaluated the feasibility of setting up a cold chain project to improve the farm-to-market flow of goods in Pakistan. The Pakistan Cold Chain Assessment focused on evaluating cold storage infrastructure, technological availability, postharvest capabilities, training needs, and economic strengths and weakness. The assessment also identified locations for potential investment and positive fiscal returns in the cold chain by a Pakistani-American supply-chain logistics expert to help establish the first integrated cold chain in Pakistan.

Appropriate Post Harvest Technologies for Southern Asia

WFLO received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to identify appropriate postharvest technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in order to improve market access and incomes for small horticultural farmers. In addition to Eastern Africa/Sub-Saharan Africa, the project focused on India. The main objectives of the grant was to:

  1. link postharvest and marketing professionals from two major U.S. institutions (the University of California and World Food Logistics Organization) with African and Indian institutions;
  2. assess the levels and types of postharvest losses for fruits and vegetable crops;
  3. and, then, design and field test interventions that can best reduce losses and improve incomes for small farmers.

The WFLO team evaluated 12 past horticultural projects and worked with our partners to perform postharvest loss assessment studies in Africa and India on 30 crops. Graduate students and young professionals joined the expert team in the loss assessments and “learned by doing.” WFLO used these findings to provide current and accurate information to those who want to develop full-scale plans for long-term projects that will promote the development and adoption of appropriate postharvest technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

question-markFor questions about international development opportunities, please contact Richard Tracy (rtracy@gcca.org) or Amanda Brondy (abrondy@gcca.org) at +1 703 373 4300.