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Coronavirus, global food supply chains and humanitarian logistics

The coronavirus health issue will have significant implications for the logistics sector in the short term,

The coronavirus health issue will have significant implications for the logistics sector in the short term, with the air transport market expected to feel "the most significant direct effects" of the disease, according to a new analysis from Transport Intelligence.

Related to it, humanitarian logistics plays an integral role in disaster relief for several reasons. First, humanitarian logistics contributes immensely to mitigating the negative impact of natural disasters in terms of loss of life and economic costs. These losses occur in four different ways:

-          Losses of buildings, highways and other infrastructure

-          Losses in output and reductions in employment and tax receipts;

-          Losses due to the increase in the price of consumable and construction materials; and

-          Losses of millions of lives because of the scarcity of food and accidents.

Second, humanitarian logistics is considered the repository of data that can be analyzed to provide post-event learning. Logistics data reflects all aspects, from the effectiveness of suppliers and transportation providers, to the cost and timeliness of response, to the appropriateness of donated goods and the management of information. Thus, it is critical to the performance of both current and future operations and programs. Organizing emergency response plans will help preparation and consequently mobilization in times of disasters.

Easyfresh organization is actively assisting in the logistics for humanitarian aid in several countries suffering natural disasters and global crises. The Coronavirus is another case, where our local teams are deeply involved.

Sources : Science Direct / Fritz Institute / Transport Logistics / Easyfresh News

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