Where We Work

WFLO provides cold chain development advisory services around the world.

The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) is the educational and research foundation of the Global Cold Chain Alliance. WFLO provides hands-on, industry-specific guidance on the production, processing, transporting, and storing of temperature-controlled goods. Learn more about what we do.

Where WFLO is Currently Working:

With support from the USAPEEC and the USMEF, USDA agreed to fund a cold chain assessment to look at the importation of perishable foods and the infrastructure supporting temperature-controlled logistics. In February 2016, GCCA's International Projects Director traveled with Agriculture Marketing Specialist Kent Sisson, Cold Storage Operations Specialist Fabio Andrade (of EuroFrigo) and Refrigeration Design Build Specialist Martin Donnell (of AECOM). Over a two-week period, the team met with importers, distributors, wholesalers, large and small retailers, and government officials to assess the challenges for Angola and locate potential solutions.

From May-June 2015, WFLO/GCCA worked with Creative Associates on the USAID-funded Sichuan Market Development (SMD) Program in Chengdu, China. This project supported economic development for Tibetans living in Chengdu. WFLO/GCCA explored existing challenges and opportunities within the cold chain by completing a rapid baseline assessment of cold chain capabilities and infrastructure.

From June-December 2015, WFLO/GCCA worked with Agland Investment Services on the World Bank study on the Enhancement of Agricultural and Perishable Goods Logistics in Senegal. This resulted in a report that explores how to improve efficiencies within the supply chain for key products and identified possibilities for public-private partnerships to support exports from Senegal. The original study included potato, onion, mangoes, banana, cereals (rice, millet/sorghum, corn), milk, and fisheries. In discussions with the World Bank, the final report targets banana and rice.

WFLO/GCCA worked with Winrock International for three years to support the Cold Chain Bangladesh Alliance (CCBA) project, which closed in 2016. This project supported a local company, Golden Harvest, in its efforts to build a modern cold chain that could support a market for fresh fruits and vegetables. WFLO/GCCA sent experts to assist with postharvest, cold chain and energy assessments.

Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda: USAID TOPS Grant from Save the Children
This grant provided funds for an evaluation of a horticulture project in Africa that established a Postharvest Training and Service Center (PTSC) in Arusha, Tanzania. The funds also included follow-up training for postharvest experts from 7 African countries (Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya). The final report for this evaluation was completed in April 2015, and showed that the PTSC successfully met and exceeded its objectives focused on training. The activities focused on income generation for the PTSC were not fully implemented so it remains dependent upon funding from outside sources.

Nigeria: Nigeria Expanded Trade & Transport (NEXTT)
WFLO/GCCA has worked with CARANA/Palladium to support the opening of trade in Nigeria since 2012. In particular, the work of Bukola Sotuba, a food safety specialist, has provided expertise to the private sector companies interested in developing the cold chain as well as government officials. Working directly with NAFDAC, the Nigerian equivalent of the USDA, Bukola assists companies seeking certification from NAFDAC.

WFLO/GCCA has supported the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP) since 2002. On the USDA-funded Philippines Cold Chain Project, we partner with Winrock International to facilitate CCAP’s growth and development. This project started in 2014 and will close in 2017. On this project, GCCA members and staff have visited the Philippines to speak at the annual CCAP conference and conferences for the meat and hog industry; toured storage and processing facilities to provide one-on-one consultations; and has worked with the association to encourage member support and events.

Uzbekistan: DAI AgLinks Plus
The Uzbekistan AgLinks project officially closed in February 2015. However, the cold-chain work supported by GCCA/WFLO was such a success that we are referenced by name in the follow-on project. We are awaiting the award of the new Uzbekistan project, which will build on the valuable work already completed.

Did you know GCCA has offices in five countries and on three continents?
Contact our international offices to learn more. For questions about international development opportunities, please contact Richard Tracy (rtracy@gcca.org) or Amanda Brondy (abrondy@gcca.org) at +1 703 373 4300.