Developing the Global Cold Chain

Fighting Food Loss and Waste. 


Although more than enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, much of it is lost or wasted before reaching a consumer. The process by which perishable food is maintained from the 'farm gate to food plate' is the cold chain.  Many countries around the world face challenges in securing access to safe and reliable food due to lack of understanding, knowledge and investment in cold chain best practices and infrastructure.


GCCA members play a role in developing the cold chain.


GCCA is dedicated to the proper handling and storage of perishable products and the development of systems and best practices for the safe, efficient, and reliable movement of food to the people of the world. Through our nonprofit core partner, the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), GCCA supports international cold chain development through partnerships with donors, NGOs, governments, educational institutions, local associations, and private sector businesses to promote business to business knowledge through  training, education, and research.

Since 2002, we have completed more than 111 projects in over 67 countries.

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The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) is committed to building and strengthening the temperature-controlled supply chain around the world. Here is a snapshot of the latest projects the International Development team is working on: 


For questions about international development opportunities, please contact Amanda Brondy via email or at +1 703 373 4300.


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.


Dominican Republic Trade Safe Project, 2021 – 2025

Partnered with International Executive Service Corps (IESC)


WFLO is supporting USDA’s new Food for Progress “Trade Safe (TraSa) Project” in the Dominican Republic. This is a follow-on to the successful Exporting Quality project, also funded by the USDA, which WFLO supported from 2015 to 2020. Building off the cold chain work completed in large part by GCCA members Brian Beazer, Marko Dzeletovich, and Juan Carlos Hencker with additional support from Debbie Corado and Dr. Elhadi Yahia, this project expands the cold chain training and consultations from packhouses and airports to improved efficiencies via education and investment for a broader group of cold chain stakeholders.



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




In partnership with GCCA member LixCap, WFLO is carrying out a market assessment for cold chain logistics services in Egypt. They will offer a market overview of the sector, perform supply and demand analyses, and develop strategic recommendations for improving cold chain in the country. Ultimately, this assessment will offer investment strategies to the donor to further develop the Egyptian cold chain.



Georgia Agriculture Project, 2018 – 2023


Partnered with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture




WFLO has partnered with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) to support the USAID Agriculture Program in selecting appropriate cold chain technologies for a given product, enterprise, and operating environment. Generator-operated or solar mobile pre-coolers, which bring the cold chain to the harvest site, can dramatically reduce post-harvest losses and improve quality and are particularly valuable in the context of Georgia’s mountainous terrain and its fragmented production parcels. WFLO will support a market study, investment awareness seminars, and association development, which is critical for sustainability.


Indonesia Market Assessment of Temperature-Controlled Logistics Services, 2021


Partnered with ARPI and LixCap


The World Food Logistics Organization has been tasked with conducting a market study for the temperature-controlled logistics services sector in Indonesia. This team of cold chain technical experts and research analysts will determine current and future supply and demand of cold chain services and examine the economics of the value chain. In understanding the constraints and opportunities for growth of the sector, this team will develop actionable recommendations for increased efficiency and investment.

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.

Morocco Cold Chain Analysis and Training, 2021 – 2022


Partnered with USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) 


WFLO is partnered with the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for a USDA-funded project in Morocco. WFLO will focus on a cold chain skills gap analysis followed by the design of training and education programs to minimize the identified gaps in the cold chain. The analysis will take place during the summer of 2021 with subsequent training programs to be completed in 2022.

Pakistan Market Study for Temperature-Controlled Logistics Services, 2019 – 2021


Partnered with LixCap


Partnered with LixCap, WFLO is supporting a market study for TCL services in Pakistan. WFLO and LixCap have reviewed previous market assessments for cold chain and offer recommendations for future investment in the country.


Philippines Market Assessment of Temperature-Controlled Logistics Services, 2020 – 2021


Partnered with Cold Chain Association of the Philippines and LixCap


WFLO has been contracted to perform a market study for TCL services sector in the Philippines. The main objectives of this project are to determine the existing and future demand and supply for TCL services and­ recommend strategies for growth. This will aid in strategy development for attracting third party logistics players into the cold chain.





For questions about international development opportunities, please contact Amanda Brondy via email or at +1 703 373 4300.