Environmental Retail Management
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".

15.03.2016: Overweight/Hunger

According to UN- and EU-Research the world population does need 40 Percent more food in the year 2050. On one hand Food Waste has to be decreased; on the other hand many people in the developed countries suffer from overweight. In Mumbai/India along the Bandra-Promenade posters focus on this topic: at the photo promoting small-size plates for own health and to share food with underprivileged people.

The European Retail Academy is involved in Food Waste by the EU-project FORWARD and together with the World Food Preservation Center in organizing the first Food Waste Congress in Nairobi/Kenya in March 2017.

15.02.2016: Sustainable Knowledge Management

In the today´s world full of information spread over the Internet, often quantity prevails over quality, which makes it highly challenging to identify the relevant knowledge. That is why in the recent years private and governmental organizations have made a substantial afford to create online information hubs in order to support and facilitate the global management of sustainable knowledge.

For example, Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (Link) of United Nations gathers in one place all important information about Sustainable Development Goals, which helps to coordinate the implementation of the UN agenda and to provide a centralized source of sustainable knowledge to all stakeholders. Another example: the World Bank Group offers Global Practices (Link) bringing together knowledge and expertise in 14 sectors and 5 cross-cutting areas, emphasizing that knowledge sharing will be crucial to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity around the world.

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