Zero Hunger by 2030, is the first sustainable development goal set by the United Nations, which India is committed to. Further, with the country’s population set to cross 1.5 billion by 2030, it is crucial to ensure that food security is maintained through sustainable production and distribution systems. In terms of production, India is a food surplus nation. However, in terms of potential, India still has a lot more opportunities to offer, which can be enabled through an effective and economically viable cold chain which will integrate the supply chains of perishables, thereby reducing physical waste and loss of value of perishable commodities.
Towards ensuring an effective and viable cold chain, it is imperative to keep pace with the necessary infrastructure development, commodity specific protocols development, promoting technological innovations, dovetailing of various schemes and alignment between the various ministries for financial outlay and business model restructuring.
To address the above and to create a seamless cold chain logistics, an industry led Cold Chain Logistics Resource Center (CCLRC) is set up under Confederation of Indian Industry – CII’s food and agriculture Center of Excellence. The Climate Friendly Freight Transport in India (Green Freight) Project is supporting CCLRC in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
With this background CII’s Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE) organised a Special Plenary Session focusing on System interventions and adoption of post-harvest management for a robust agri supply chain on December 16, 2021 and launched technical specification documents for Cold Chain Infrastructure and Commodity Specific Post-Harvest Protocols, developed under the aegis of the CCLRC. All documents are available as open access on the CCLRC website and can be leveraged by new entrants and current operators. Going forward, the CCLRC will continue working towards promoting green technologies, piloting community cooling solutions and build the capacity of the sector in India.
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Project Name: Climate Friendly Freight Traffic in India
TUEWAS Working Group: Transport and Environment
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