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Posted 14 April 2017 at 04:07

I-PLAN goes Vietnam

Last week I was in Vietnam, where I also participated in the Regional Food Security Conference ‘Let’s get to work. Building a food secure future’. In her key-note address vice-Minister Marjolijn Sonnema rightfully added the word ‘together’ to the title: building a food secure future together. 

I had the pleasure to present a good example of working together: a project our network is developing together with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the PostHarvest Network (PHN) and BoP Innovation Center. This project aims to establish an Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (I-PLAN).

Food losses

In the developing world most food losses take place before consumption and most remarkably, post farm gate between production and consumption. While loss is most often translated to tonnage of primarily staple foods wasted, postharvest loss and waste most dramatically impacts the perishable nutritious foods, which when lost translate to poor quality diets. PLAN brings together public and private actors to collectively reduce loss and waste of nutritious food while stimulating actors in the food system to modify their practices and upgrade their systems. This will reduce the perishability of nutritious foods from farm gate to consumption.

The PLAN approach

After the successful experiences with the PLAN-approach in Nigeria by GAIN, AgriProFocus is proud to present our network as a partner for introduction of PLAN in Indonesia – and other countries in Asia - maybe starting in Vietnam. You can read a blog on a recent PLAN workshop in Indonesia by Herbert Smorenburg, Senior Manager GAIN here.

There was definitely interest at the conference to introduce PLAN in Vietnam. There was even a “Food Security Deal” signed for a regional postharvest network. I think that PLAN can be a great approach for such a network. Together we make Agribusiness Work for Development!

PS. Interested in reducing food losses? Check out this informative brochure from our colleagues at the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Post Harvest Network! This brochure presents the results of an inventory study on the drivers for change towards reduction of food loss, and how agro-food chains can be optimalised (or better organised) to prevent these losses.