On August 22, 2020, the first ever refrigerated container of Ethiopian avocados was loaded on a train to Djibouti, to be shipped to Europe. It marked an important milestone for the development of a cool logistics network in East Africa.
Need for action
With an ever-growing world population, achieving food security is one of our main challenges in years to come. As food waste accounts for around one-third of all food produced for human consumption globally, reducing food loss can contribute significantly to reaching food security. In Ethiopia and Djibouti, the Flying Swans consortium is creating a cool logistics network together with local partners. This network aims to reduce post-harvest loss substantially and create economic opportunities for both countries.
Developing horticulture in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has great horticulture potential, thanks to its vast arable land and a perfect climate for year-round cultivation. Developing the sector could boost the country’s economic development and employment as well as global food security.
This article was first published on 3 June 2021 on NLPlatform.com.