Working Group on the Cold Chain in Warm Countries

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Working Group on the Cold Chain in Warm Countries



Focused on the vital role refrigeration technology plays in the food cold chain, the IIR WG on the Cold Chain in Warm Countries aims to create an equal playing field in developing countries as in developed countries.

The contribution of refrigeration can be decisive in key spheres such as the reduction of postharvest losses, losses in the fishery field or post-slaughter losses, enhancement of food safety and hygiene, food supply to cities and expansion of international trade in foodstuffs.

Refrigeration also plays an important role in the health field thanks to preservation of medicines and vaccines.
Other temperature-sensitive products such as chemicals, flowers and plants can benefit from refrigeration technology.

For all these products, and many more in warm, developing countries, compliance with the cold chain at each phase (storage, transport, distribution) is essential.

Halima Thraya
has been appointed chairperson of the IIR Working Group (WG) on the Cold Chain in Warm Countries. Currently the Director of the development of the food industries at the Ministry of Industry, and Energy and Mines in Tunisia, Halima Thraya leads elaborate projects covering multiple aspects in this domain. She is driving force for many innovative development schemes geared towards the advancement of the food industry and, more specifically, the cold chain, in Tunisia but also worldwide. With extensive experience in the agri-food industry, particularly regarding refrigeration, Halima Thraya remains an active and influential member of several national committees and various economic spheres.

To ensure that the objectives are achieved the WG frequently collaborates and pools skills with Commissions C2 (Food science & engineering), D1 (Refrigerated storage) and D2 (Refrigerated transport).



Key Objectives


  • Raise awareness of decision-makers and stakeholders with regards to the importance of the cold chain, and raise consumer awareness concerning the importance of cold chain compliance.

  • Identify problems encountered in warm countries in the fields of preservation, storage, transport and distribution, and identify locally produced materials or processes

  • Update IIR guidelines on the storage and transport of perishable products, and recommendations on the handling of these products. Standardisation and legislation could be based on such guidelines

  • Create training material on “good cold-chain practices”, comprising modules for each cold-chain links and/or sectors.




4th Meeting : 2016 World Cold Chain Summit, Singapour organised by Carrier.

3rd Meeting was held on  October 26, 2016 during the seminar on logistics for transport of foodstuffs under controlled temperature in hot countries, tunis, Tunisia.

2nd Meeting was held Tuesday 23rd August during the 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen conference, Edinburgh, UK.

1st Meeting was held in Yokohama, Japan, on 21 August 2015, during the 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration (ICR2015).


Working Groups


IIR Working Groups operate on a temporary basis to bring together specialists to work on projects arising from current refrigeration issues.


Officers & members


Halima Thraya (Tunisia)



  • Judith Evans (UK)
  • Eric Prieur (France)
  • Tigani Turki (Tunisia)
  • Christian Cesbron (France)


Ina Colombo, IIR (France)


  • Ayman Eltalouny, from UNEP
  • Djibril Dramé, from FAO



Documents of interest


3rd Meeting documents:


2nd Meeting documents:


1st Meeting documents:





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