The 1st West Africa Cold Chain Summit & Exhibition 2018 organised by The Organization for Technology Advancement of Cold Chain in West Africa (OTACCWA) will hold from Tuesday 13th -Wednesday 14th November 2018 at Radisson Blu Hotel, GRA, Ikeja – Lagos, Nigeria.
The theme for this inaugural event is “Harnessing Cold Chain Technologies for Post-Harvest Loss Reduction, Effective Healthcare Delivery and Economic Growth in West Africa.” Over the years, Post- Harvest Loss (PHL) has constituted a significant problem and challenge across sub-Saharan Africa, with recent studies pegging rates as high as 50%, especially in perishable nutritious foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. This accounts for low incomes for farmers and the high price variations in the supply of these nutritious foods. The significance of cold chain is not only critical to the food value chains for PHL reduction, but also to healthcare delivery as well. The lack of cold-chain impacts on both nutritious foods supply and our health care delivery systems, especially in the storage, transportation and the distribution of these essential food commodities for improving our overall nutritional status and pharmaceutical products such as vaccines for primary health care delivery efforts. It is against this backdrop that OTACCWA was established on June 1, 2018.
At this summit, we shall engage with government, primary producers, private sector, industry, market commodity and trade associations, research and academia, professional associations, development partners and agencies and regulatory bodies to discuss ways to deploy cold chain technologies to address these identified challenges.