Reducing Our Risk

Organization: 
Global Food Exchange

Entry Overview

The Global Food Exchange™ was founded out of a need to more efficiently provide emergency disaster relief around the World. Through efforts of the Global Food Exchange™ and strategic partners, we aim to provide complete meals composed of highly nutritious ingredients, portable water systems, and shelter systems wherever disasters happen.

Over the past decade, communications technology, transportation technology, power systems and food manufacturing technology alike have improved; and yet record numbers of people around the globe are dying because we are not able to get adequate quantities of food and clean water to victims following a natural disaster.

The problem is twofold: (1) Manufacturers cannot produce the massive quantities of food and other supplies needed fast enough; and (2) Governments, NGOs, and other aid organizations just don’t have the funds to create and maintain the network of stored food, water and other supplies that are needed to be sufficiently disaster ready.

The Global Food Exchange has been specifically designed to revolutionize current inefficiencies in the production and distribution of food and related supplies.

The Mission of the Global Food Exchange is to provide the world’s most efficient critical relief sourcing platform, making them available where and when they are needed.

Whether you want government to do more or less, it cannot do it all. The Global Food Exchange and its strategic partners have developed solutions that ease the burden on governments and aid agencies.

General Info
Richard
Lackey
Email : 
Rlackey@globalfoodexchange.org
Organization Address: 
7814 South Hill Circle
Littleton, Colorado 80120
United States
Problem
Population Impacted: 
2.8 billion
Hazard: 
Flooding
Identify the likelihood and frequency of this hazard : 
There are hundreds of natural disasters worldwide every year, lets say they are unavoidable
Explain how vulnerable the community is to this hazard: 
Any large scale natural or manmade disaster can affect from a few thousands to tens of millions of people examples are major hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wars etc.
List the potential affects of this hazard: 
There are essential aspects that are affected whenever a natural or manmade disaster strikes: Food, Shelter and hygiene, are the main pillars in the survival of the population
Identify how sensitive the community is to these affects: 
record numbers of people around the globe are dying because we are not able to get adequate quantities of food and clean water to victims following a natural disaster.
Action
Preparedness Goal: 
ie - What did you do to reduce this risk?
Implementing Actions: 

You can't reduce the risk of a natural or manmade disaster to occur... that is why they are disasters, but we can and have to be more prepared to handle the outcome of those disaster in a much better and effective way to ensure the safety of the population.

Global Food Exchange tackle these three problems.  Here are the specifics:

Each problem is solved through the Relief Vault systems

The Relief Vault is a secure physical storage container that can hold emergency food, shelter, water purification systems, personal hygiene products or a combination of those. Each relief vault is stored in a secure location throughout the world and is designed to be rapidly deployed to the world’s most susceptible geographic regions.

 

Solution
Describe Your Solution: 

Global Food Exchange™ purchases highly nutritious freeze-dried and dehydrated meals at extremely low price points during normal manufacturing periods. We then pre-package the meals, drinks, and all equipment needed to serve them (such as cooking equipment, serving supplies, water purification systems, portable shelter, tables, lighting, etc.) in standardized shipping containers and store them near disaster prone areas. When a disaster occurs, these containers (Food Relief Vaults) can then be immediately deployed to the hardest hit areas and set up for immediate food relief, from strategically located global facilities. The containers are fully self-sufficient and don’t rely on electricity or external fuel, making the products ideal in ground zero relief efforts.

Global Food Exchange™ recognizes that safe drinking water is an essential item following any disaster. It is our goal to provide all forms of clean water solutions to those in need.  A Water Relief Vault or WRV is an ISO shipping container specially designed to house a 100,000 gallon per day (gpd) high-tech Industrial Reverse Osmosis System (IROS) with integrated diesel generator sets, and containerized desalination systems.

Our systems consist of complete desalination systems built inside intermodal shipping containers. They are suitable for permanent installations on feed waters containing more than 10,000 ppm of dissolved solids. The units are designed for cost-effective shipment and installation, long-term dependability, and superior energy efficiency.

The WRV offers the following features:

  • All systems built inside 40 ft container with doors on each end (allows access to genset),
  • Pretreatment systems, automatic backwash control, cartridge filters, and chemical injection,
  • High pressure positive displacement pumps with VFD, FRP RO pressure vessels, and energy recovery device (ERD), 
  • Integrated permeate flush/clean-in-place system with flush tank,
  • PLC based control system for automatic operation. Control system includes a complete set of electronic sensors for pressure, flow, and product quality,
  • Integral diesel genset comprised of a Perkins diesel engine and Stamford alternator. Includes exhaust system, cooling system, generator controller, main circuit breaker, and 600 gallon fuel tank,
  • Genset is installed in a separate compartment of the container and is accessed by the second set of doors on the opposite end of the container.

A Shelter Relief Vault or SRV is also an ISO container with high quality FEMA and US military approved designs, which include solar panels on the roof, bunk beds, and partition walls. The shelters are ergonomically designed domed Shelters that include bunk beds for sleeping and storage space.

Our systems consist of thirty-four military grade 20'x40' tents with approximately 27,200 sqft of covered living space stored inside inter modal shipping containers for easy deployment. They are suitable for high winds (up to 70 mph), heavy snow, and sand storms. The units are designed for cost-effective shipment and deployment, long-term dependability, and superior housing efficiency.

The tents offer the following features:

  • Can withstand 70 mph wind load (code per IBC),
  • 3 psf utility or ground snow load (code per IBC),
  • Membrane fabric is 16 oz laminate PVC Opaque in either tan or white colors,
  • Comes with bunks, zipper doors, fabric floor liner, tool kits, electric military fluorescent light fixtures with wiring and plug, electrical panel,
  • Can be setup in 20 minutes.
Results
Economic?: 

The Global Food Exchange has been specifically designed as a system for maximizing efficiency in the production and distribution of food and related supplies. Our core focus is intended to serve those who suffer most from those inefficiencies: victims of disasters.

As the system continues its growth, more products and services will be brought into the system.

  • If you are a relief agency, become a strategic partner and allow us to serve you with what you need, where you need it, when you need it.
  • If you are a manufacturer of food or disaster relief supplies, contact us to see how we might put your cutting edge product into the hands of those who need it most.

As an organization that is constantly seeking to build huge stores of food using our long-term food storage technology, we serve farmers by buying their #2 quality products and support prices at reasonable levels (we are going to clean them, cut them up, and dry them anyway; so we don’t care if they are already ripe or have a flaw).

  • By contracting regular production and sometimes more during slow cycles, manufacturers are able to leverage their GFE relationship to improve production efficiency. In return, pricing is very favorable to GFE members.
  • Relief agencies depend on supplies being close by following a disaster. Through a network of strategically located storage facilities, government agencies and global relief organizations are able to get high quality food, clean water and other supplies faster and cheaper than normal.

Through the Global Food Exchange and its Strategic Partners, we are able to feed people in the immediate aftermath, and then convert containers and other products into marketplaces producing fish, chicken, and vegetables. This is just a start, but it is a great start. By helping to rebuild markets we truly help to rebuild communities.

Environmental?: 

The environmental impact of all the Global Exchange Vaults would be minimal when compared with NOT having this alternative on the table. The direct result on the environment of a mismanaged disaster situation can pollute hundreds of times more than if proper food, shelter and hygiene is provided.

I would argue that not having these type of valuts produces much more damage to the environment by victims of disasters that in desperation will attack their resources generating a much larger problem.

Social?: 

Managing a disaster properly has all the positive aspects needed to avoid serious social unrest and proliferation of cnntagious diseases that a can spread around the world very fast.

I would say that this is a needed step and these tools are essential for the world to be able to handle local and large scale disasters.

The other aspect that must be taking into account is that with global warming and political unrest around the world the amount and frequency of disaster are expected to grow every year.

What were the negative or unintended impacts (if any) associated with implementing this solution? : 

No that we are aware of

Replication/Scale
Return on Investment: How much did it cost to implement these activities? How do your results above compare to this investment?: 

For Institutional Buyers

There are typically THREE types of FRV (Food Relief Vault) Buyers.

  • IMMEDIATE: The first are those who are buying FRVs for immediate use due to a disaster or other triggering event.
  • NON-PROFIT: The second buyer group are Non-profit organizations wanting to establish secure stores of food and related supplies as a part of their mission or mandate.
  • INVESTMENT: The third buyer group consists of private and institutional investors wishing to combine the benevolent effort of building food stores around the world with a modest investment return. For the Global Food Exchange™ to create and maintain the massive stores of food and related items needed to insure success around the globe, Investors are essential.

Distributors and agents are an absolute necessity for maintaining order within the Exchange, and efficiency is the order of the day for all involved, it is the intent of the Global Food Exchange™ to make becoming a distributor or agent simple and straightforward.

Once you or your organization complete the application process, you will need only to select the specific Food Relief Vault (FRV) or vaults you wish to purchase on the electronic Global Food Exchange™ trading platform. Depending on your order type (Immediate: available for immediate delivery) or (Timed: 30 day, 60 day, 90 day and 180 day) funds will be requested for transfer into escrow.

 

For Institutional Sellers

There are typically TWO types of FRV (Food Relief Vault) Sellers.

  • INVESTMENT: The primary Seller group consists of private and institutional investors wishing to combine the benevolent effort of building food stores around the world with a modest investment return. For the Global Food Exchange™ to create and maintain the massive stores of food and related items needed to insure success around the globe, Investors are essential.

Distributors and agents are an absolute necessity for maintaining order within the Exchange, and efficiency is the order of the day for all involved, it is the intent of the Global Food Exchange™ to make the process of becoming a distributor or agent simple and straightforward.

Once you or your organization complete the application process, you will need only to select the specific Food Relief Vault (FRV) or vaults you wish to purchase on the electronic Global Food Exchange™ trading platform. As an INVESTMENT SELLER there is only one order type (Immediate: available for immediate delivery). THERE IS NO NAKED SHORT SELLING ON THE GLOBAL FOOD EXCHANGE™. THERE IS NO SELLING OF DELAYED ORDERS BY TRADE MEMBERS. INTRODUCING MEMBERS MAY ONLY SELL INVENTORY SPECIFICALLY APPROVED BY THE GLOBAL FOOD EXCHANGE™ IN WRITING. Once a buyer purchases a FRV held at a Global Food Exchange™ approved storage facility, funds are released within twenty-four (24) hours to the SELLER and ownership is transferred concurrently.

What are the main factors needed to successfully replicate this solution elsewhere?: 

Disasters happen, we help manage them.

In addition to the wars and famines that put entire populations at risk, natural disasters are occurring with increasing regularity across the globe. In the last ten years, 7,594 disasters have killed more than 1,800,000 people and affected more than 2.8 billion others, at a cost of more than $1.365 trillion USD (as reported by EM-DAT).

We offer innovative solutions to help mitigate disasters.

The Global Food Exchange™ was founded out of a need to more efficiently provide emergency disaster relief around the world. Through efforts of the Global Food Exchange™ and strategic partners around the world, we aim to provide complete meals composed of highly nutritious ingredients, portable water systems, and shelter systems around the World.  Global Food Exchange™ Idependent Trading Agents purchase and sell the Relief Vaults through the Global Food Exchange™ on behalf of their clients.  To help ensure the integrity of the Relief Vaults, all vaults are packaged, stored, and managed by the exchange.

The World's first exchange for critical relief supplies.

Professional traders created the Global Food Exchange™ to bring together the highest quality food and related supplies for storage and sale around the globe. Through a standardized approach to manufacturing and distribution, the Global Food Exchange™ has essentially created an asset class that can be purchased and used with confidence. Presently the Exchange is designed for the purchase and sale of Food Relief Vaults, Water Relief Vaults, Shelter Relief Vaults, and Combination Relief Vaults.

Once Relief Vaults are purchased, they may be delivered or stored in one of Global Food Exchange™’s strategically located storage facilities. Global Food Exchange™ provides temperature controlled storage services, security, and insurance for each relief vault.

 

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