Category Archives: Humanitarian

Using Logistics to Cut Food Waste in Colombia

Using Logistics to Cut Food Waste in Colombia

There is widespread poverty in Colombia yet the country discards 10 million tons of food a year according to estimates released by the government this March. ABACO, a national network of food banks that serves the needy, and the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI), a member of the MIT Global SCALE Network, have teamedRead More

Building a Better Approach to Disaster Recovery

Building a Better Approach to Disaster Recovery

In the aftermath of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, the speedy replenishment of housing stock that was damaged or destroyed in the storm is critical to the recovery of stricken communities. A model being developed by the Zaragoza Logistics Center takes a novel approach to the rebuilding of storm-ravaged neighborhoods by framing theRead More

Lessons From the Ebola Front Line

Lessons From the Ebola Front Line

The dramatic fall in the number of Ebola cases in the three West African countries hit worst by the epidemic in 2014, appears to signal that the disease has been defeated. But the World Health Organization’s latest Ebola Situation Report warns that more cases are likely to appear. A supply chain designed to support the EbolaRead More

Cargo Flight Launches a Vital Link in the Ebola Response Effort

Cargo Flight Launches a Vital Link in the Ebola Response Effort

A shipment of medical equipment that arrived on January 12, 2015, in Monrovia, Liberia, from Miami, US, will enable 25 government hospitals to receive infection control training, helping the facilities which were partially or fully closed owing to the Ebola crisis to recommence regular operations. Many resources in the Ebola response effort have appropriately focusedRead More

When the Heavy Hand of Government is Not a Burden

When the Heavy Hand of Government is Not a Burden

I’m no fan of Big Government, but there are some cases where a system-wide view is much more efficient than a localized, distributed view. An example in the supply chain space is US maritime policy. A broader, and more topical example, is managing the Ebola crisis. Americans have an almost visceral dislike for large, centralizedRead More