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Green and Efficient Logistics and Cold Chains for Agricultural Products

November 21, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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A joint hybrid presentation by the 1818 Society’s Agriculture, Food & Rural Development and Transport Thematic Groups

Webex | MC 4 – 300

A large portion of the economies of lower-income developing countries pertains to the contribution the agricultural sector makes to the countries’ economic growth and the creation of jobs as well as to ensure food security. The functioning of logistics chains—and cold chains for perishable goods—represents the key element in making that contribution effective. With climate change, those chains need to be aligned with climate goals while ensuring their efficiency—and reduce the transport costs from farm to markets. What are the strategies and elements that need to be considered and implemented to achieve those objectives?

Speaker: Mr. Baher El-Hifnawi, Lead Transport Economist (East Africa), World Bank

Mr. El-Hifnawi exhibits over 25 years of experience in transport and logistics, economics, finance and management in positions in government, academia, the private sector and the World Bank. Since joining the Bank in 2003, he has led projects and analytical activities in roads, railways, waterways, logistics, multimodal transport, trade facilitation, public private partnerships and transport policy. Experience ranges from developing broad sector policies/strategies, supporting governments in developing and implementing institutional reforms and financing strategies, to analyzing the financial, economic and distributional impacts of transport projects to the nuts-and-bolts work of preparing and implementing transport projects. Extensive international experience with more recent geographical focus on East and Central Asia and Eastern Europe and now in East Africa. He has represented the World Bank in international fora and meetings on development corridors and connectivity. Mr. El-Hefnawi has a Ph.D. on Urban Planning (Transport Economics) from Harvard University and a Master in Public Administration (in Development Economics) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Cairo University.

Speaker: Viviana Perego, Senior Economist in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice, World Bank

Ms. Perego is an Italian-Uruguayan national with a 13-year experience as development economist. Her main professional interests lie in inclusive rural livelihoods, food and nutrition security, and disruptive technologies for agriculture. Viviana is currently working as Senior Economist in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice of the World Bank, where she is leading operations, analytical work, and policy dialogue on rural development, food systems resilience, and climate-smart agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2017, she collaborated with national and international policy and research institutions such as the International Labour Organisation, Unicef, the Bank of Italy, J-PAL at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford. Viviana holds a DPhil (PhD) degree in Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University.

Moderators: Aurelio Menendez Garcia (Transport TG) and Preeti Ahuja (AgFRD TG).

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November 21, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Hybrid: MC 4-300 & Webex Meeting


1818Society – Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Thematic Group
1818 Society Transport Thematic Group