The IIR supports operational and economic missions in Madagascar
The IIR sets up a cold chain in Madagascar
The operational and economic missions in Madagascar supported by the IIR
As part of the implementation of a national development programme in Madagascar, an entrepreneurial platform has just been established.
Initiated by the current international expert in good governance practices and also former Ambassador of Madagascar to France, Jean-Pierre Razafy-Andriamihaingo, “this economic organisation is aimed at creating a new dynamic around the island” (www.newsmada.com). Madagascar has great potential in terms of farming, livestock and fishing in particular, but it is grossly under-exploited due to a lack of proper infrastructure and investment.
The implemented organisation named the “Fandrosoana economic mission” motivated his very first official visit in Antananarivo from 22 to 29 June.
As such, the mission was built upon several projects, including the implementation of a cold chain by the IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration). As a matter of fact, Madagascar has been an IIR member country since the very beginning, even if it has not been very active over the past several years.
This is a strategic key component in defining food, nutrition and sanitary security as well as public health standards. It also influences its economic development, its domestic market and its export opportunities.
The IIR pools its assets
Based on its expertise and the scope of its network, the IIR will support the project so that Madagascar benefits from all available technical and scientific tools, including key partnerships and long-standing cooperation agreements.
IIR interventions and recommendations will focus on the mission’s aspects which are related to the food cold chain, including offshore fishery and continental aquaculture among others.
Considerable emphasis will be placed on the preferential use of renewable energies, in particular solar energy.
A critical part of the IIR’s role will be to offer the most suitable means to promote this sector nationwide and to share knowledge in order to make sure the program is successful and sustainable.
This approach is in line with the IIR’s vision to build an efficient cold chain in developing countries, first and foremost in Africa, with the United Nations bodies and programmes’ support and manufacturers’ assistance.