The USAID Hub supported 18 East African agribusinesses (that produce, handle, store, transport or distribute perishable agricultural commodities) to take part in the Global Cold Chain Expo and Conference (GCCEC) in Chicago, Illinois from June 25 – 27. Approximately a third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted along supply chains globally. The East African cold chain industry has struggled to advance efficient solutions and innovations to mitigate this loss.
Participation in the GCCEC will introduce East African companies to cold chain technologies that can contribute to improved food safety, longevity and quality. Adoption of these technologies will increase East Africa’s tradable quantities, leading to greater food security, nutrition and resiliency in the region.
"Experimenting with technology is key to any business more so in the cold chain industry", said Jackie Caplan Wiggins of Frieda's Produce.
The USAID Hub supports the introduction and adoption of U.S. equipment and technologies into East Africa for the benefit of both trading partners. East African agribusinesses gain resources for optimizing their supply chain and improving their facility operations and the U.S. manufacturing sector expands by entering new markets. According to the Manufacturing Institute, the U.S. manufacturing sector creates more economic value and job creation than any other sector. These jobs also pay more. ($900.55 in average weekly earnings for production and non-supervisory employees in February 2017, versus $757.12 for the private sector as a whole).