Environmental Retail Management
15.08.2016: Global FoodBanking Network

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) based in Chicago, USA is an international non-profit organization that fights world hunger by creating, supporting and strengthening food banks around the world. They are currently involved in more than 30 countries.

Alina Pukhovskaya (CV) investigates in her PhD thesis the structure of food bank networks. Such a structure allows the food banks to take advantage of the global practices and experiences in the sector and to centralize their efforts. Therefore, knowledge-sharing activities should be treated among the core functions of the food bank networks. We are very thankful to GFN for their valuable feedback on the research.

15.07.2016: Status WFPC

The World Food Preservation Center (WFPC) now has 21 Agricultural Universities covering all six continents to teach measures against food waste!

The first WFPC-Food Waste Conference for Africa will take place in Nairobi/Kenya in the end of March 2017. Now WFPC promoted its first PhD-student - coming also from Africa! Dr.Gustav Mahunu from Ghana, who was directed by Prof. Hongyin Zhang from the Jiangsu University/China is the first to receive these honors.

15.06.2016: Cool Chain/Handbook

In 2003 the first International Cold Chain Management Conference was launched. Now at the University of Bonn the 6th edition was visited by 92 participants from 18 countries; cases had been presented from Australia, Benin, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.

In addition a workshop was initiated for a "Living Handbook of Perishable Food Supply Chain" as an international scientific reference medium being an open access publishing project as a part of the PUBLISSO Portal (Link). Prof.Dr.B.Hallier will be a member of the editorial advisory board for the section of "environment/sustainability".

15.05.2016: Food Banks in Mexico

GGU spent a day with Alimento Para Todos I.A.P., APT (Link) - a Food Bank in Mexico City. The organization was founded in 1994 and serves today food to 30.000 people in need per week. For the last 22 years the APT has been doing a great job addressing the problem of hunger and malnutrition in Mexico through food assistance and nutrition education.

One of the impressive achievements of the APT is to provide balanced and nutritious food, including sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables - 345gr. per client per day (statistics of 2014). Such a great result became possible through a long-term cooperation with Central de Abasto, which counts for one third of all donations that receives APT. Central de Abasto is the most important food warehouse and distribution center in Mexico and the largest institution of its kind in the world, which commercializes more than 30,000 tons of food products daily (Wiki).

15.04.2016: Cooling Mangos

One of the big problems of Food Waste is a lack of skills and technologies at the farming and logistical level of developing countries. The Agricultural University of Nairobi/Kenya has provided an educational video with a case-study how to improve the situation (Link).

For March 2017 the Nairobi University will organize as the Kenya Competence Center of the WorldFoodPreservationCenter the first Africa-wide Postharvest Food Loss Reduction Conference and Exhibition (Call for Papers). "It can be an important local step in building a Global House of Harmony based on Economics, Ecology and Ethics in Africa" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier said - "We should use our global retail know-how to support this initiative".

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