Chief Advisor, National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD)
Pawanexh Kohli currently leads NCCD, an autonomous advisory body of the Government of India. An industry leader, he chose to shift into public service to contribute in nation building efforts. Over 30 years of professional expertise spans domains, from international shipping, free trade zones, multi-modal logistics and public policy. The guidelines and the minimum system standards for India’s cold-chain development programs, were authored under his tutelage.
Kohli features in various publications as a thought leader and as expert on many global platforms. His opinions stem from hands on experience in processes, policy development and food logistics systems. An ardent believer in innovation, he seeks those that are pragmatic and lead to environment friendly solutions.
In the last few decades, globally scientists and cultivation experts continued to pursue glorious successes - to increase crop yield and farm-gate productivity. The fact that in matters of food, first...
India has the world's largest footprint in cold stores and estimates indicate that over the last few decades we have created 130 million cubic metres of refrigerated warehousing space. Quite important...
The target to double farmers' income will best be served by empowering access to more consumption points (markets). Such access is currently restrained mainly due to physical limitations of the logistics system. What's needed are policy direction to ramp up physical connectivity from farm to consumers, and easing certain regulatory restrictions.
Food loss can be reduced by ensuring that all the harvested produce reaches its intended end-use. This means that food delivery mechanisms must also aim to counter the perishable nature of food, to extend its saleable life cycle. Cold-chain is the mechanism that does this.
Around 900,000 years ago, fire was first brought into our homes. This coincided with a peak in glacial activity, and probably helped the genus Homo to survive. This was the period of Homo Erectus, who went on to evolve into us. But today, more than ever, we need to harness the power of ice, of cold.
There is no doubt that there exists a global food crisis. Across the world, 795 million people suffer from hunger -- defined as a painful sensation from want of food! What is notable is that this food crisis is most prevalent in producing regions, areas that have a food surplus, not a food shortage. The question is why? Why is it that the producing areas face more hunger?