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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. Since 2002, WFLO has worked in over 60 countries supporting sustainable cold chain practices and capacity-building activities.
Read more about our current projects below.
Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Project, 2020 – 2025
Partnered with Venture37 and LixCap
The World Food Logistics Organization, a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, was awarded a five-year subcontract supporting the Bangladesh Trade Facilitation (BTF) project. This is a USDA-funded project focused on expanding trade in agricultural products by reducing the cost of trade; decreasing the release time of imported agricultural goods; and increasing agricultural productivity by improving processes through increased transparency, streamlining, and automation.
WFLO will support the comprehensive trade assessment by performing a cold storage ecosystem assessment and will lead activities to enhance cold storage infrastructure for perishable goods in Bangladesh. With LixCap, WFLO will advance the legal framework for warehouse operations, streamline warehouse processes, engage the private sector on cold storage infrastructure, develop material to incentivize and attract investors and operators, identify and support potential investors and operators, offer training, and build capacity of certification bodies for food safety management.
Benin Cold Chain Rapid Response and Master Plan Strategy, 2021
Partnered with LixCap
The World Food Logistics Organization has been tasked with supporting a cold chain rapid response and strategy in the West African country of Benin. GCCA member LixCap has subcontracted WFLO to support the development of critical cold chain assets to operate on a commercial basis. Following a market assessment, LixCap and WFLO will provide technical support to ensure the safe and commercially viable operation of facilities. These analytics will quantify and prioritize opportunities to develop a commercially successful cold chain facility in Benin. The main objective of this study is to support World Bank in developing a roadmap to attract and catalyze commercially viable and sustainable cold chain operations in Benin.
Based on their assessment, the team will deliver a concept design for state funded cold chain facilities in Benin at the airport of Cotonou and design and tender documentation for airport-based cold chain facilities.
Cambodia Owners Engineering Add On, 2020 – 2021
Partnered with LixCap
After completing a feasibility study in 2019, WFLO was asked to support further work in the region with an owners engineering add on. In partnership with LixCap, WFLO is overseeing site studies and managing a construction and supply tender process for a cross-docking facility at LM17 port in Cambodia. In the future, WFLO will lead investor outreach and continue the feasibility assessment.
Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam South East Asia Emerging Markets Program, 2019 – 2021
WFLO is conducting a comprehensive baseline assessment of the cold chain situation in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. This activity is a part of the USDA-funded Emerging Markets Program (EMP), which helps U.S. organizations promote exports of U.S. agricultural products to countries that have or are developing market-oriented economies and that have the potential to be viable commercial markets. In 2019, several GCCA members and staff were able to visit the region to perform site studies and tours and collect data. This data will be compiled and help WFLO create recommendations for cold chain development.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan Competitive Trade and Jobs Project, 2018 – 2021
Partnered with DAI
WFLO has been involved in various projects throughout Central Asia, starting in Uzbekistan in 2010. Recently, we have supported the USAID Central Asia Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs (CTJ) project, which works in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. WFLO was originally hired in 2017 to assess gaps in cold chain sustainability in the region. The assessment provided recommendations and outlined specific actions to grow the industry throughout the region. The assessment subsequently led to a second contract to implement some of the recommendations, particularly those on providing training and education.
Initially planned as in-country training and site visits, we were forced to remote training in 2020 due to travel and safety restrictions from Covid-19. By lending time and expertise, several GCCA members have made it possible for us to offer virtual short courses on cold store operations. WFLO is also offering five online trainings regarding the cold chain, HACCP, warehouse receiving, and sanitary transportation to operators who are registered for these short courses. All courses are offered in Russian.
Egypt Rural Agribusiness Strengthening Project, 2019 – 2023
Partnered with Abt Associates Inc.
The Feed the Future Egypt Rural Agribusiness Strengthening (ERAS) Project employs a buyer-led, systems-strengthening approach to improve the competitiveness of horticulture producers and related downstream businesses and food processors by developing their abilities to respond to domestic and international buyer demand. WFLO contributes to innovative initiatives that address cold chain and postharvest gaps within the broader market system and supports the development of a Cold Chain Center of Excellence (CCCOE) program. WFLO also helps organize periodic Cold Chain Expos and B2B programs, provides capacity building, and resolves challenges in the cold chain area.
Egypt Market Assessment of Third Party and Temperature-Controlled Logistics Services, 2021
Partnered with LixCap