Policy brief available to download: Developing the cold chain in the agrifood sector in sub-Saharan Africa
A focus on the importance of the cold chain in reducing post-harvest losses
Following a workshop organised by the FAO and the IIR in Yaoundé, Cameroun, in 2012, the FAO and the IIR drafted joint two essential documents.
An important step in joint IIR-FAO actions
An important step in joint IIR-FAO actions in Africa and other developing countries, these documents cover the workshop report on the cold chain in Sub-Saharan Africa and a policy brief on how to develop regionally the cold chain in the food sector.
The workshop, of great international interest, brought together speakers from diverse backgrounds to analyse findings from case studies conducted in food supply chains that included meat, fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood, and milk and dairy products.
The policy brief
This policy brief; prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), is based on the proceedings of the Regional workshop on the use of the cold chain in the development of agriculture and agro-industries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Both publications focus on the importance of the cold chain in reducing post-harvest losses and present recommendations for governments as well as the public and private sectors.
Thematic files prepared by the IIR summarize key information in various refrigeration fields:
- in-depth files present trends, data and figures on relatively broad themes (cold chain, compressors…)
- summarising files crystallise specific themes (thermophysical properties of refrigerants…).