WEBINAR // The Critical Importance of Reliable Cold Chains
On October 28, 2022 at 1:00pm (EST) Bay Atlantic University and the Global Policy Institute held a timely discussion titled “The Critical Importance of Reliable Cold Chains” via Zoom and in-person at BAU on the 8th floor.
Unrefrigerated food rots before it can get to consumers. Worldwide, this waste reaches immense proportions. As the Carrier corporation states on its website: “While the world produces enough food to feed 10 billion people, one-third or more of it is wasted every year, resulting in more than 800 million people going hungry every day. Food waste also results in an estimated 4.4 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions.” Most of us in the developed world assume that it is normal to find fresh vegetables in the supermarket. But few appreciate that this is possible only on account of an uninterrupted, reliable and resilient cold chain (think refrigerated trucks and warehouses) that allows these vegetables to remain fresh from the moment they are harvested at the farm, then transported for hundreds of miles, to the moment we select them at the supermarket. Likewise, few of us appreciate that we can use some medications and vaccines that require a constant low temperature only because they have been refrigerated in containers guaranteed to keep the required low temperature. While we take all this for granted in the developed world, large sections of the developing world lack the cold chain equipment and facilities to ensure the low temperatures that prevent food or medicine from getting spoiled. Therefore, creating and maintaining reliable cold chains must be a critical component of any sustainable development strategy. Please join us for a timely conversation with a recognized cold chain expert.
Senior Advisor, Global Cold Chain Alliance
Richard Tracy is an international development professional with over 25 years international experience, including strong technical expertise in agricultural enterprise and economic development. He is exceptionally skilled in cold chain, business development services delivery, and agribusiness development. He implemented projects on behalf of USAID, USDA, USTDA, and the IFC.
Richard has a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a master’s in Business Education from the University of Southern New Hampshire.
Paolo von Schirach,
President, Global Policy Institute
Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bay Atlantic University