Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 12 June 2017 at 04:38

Workshop Minimizing Postharvest Loss for Nutrition

According to FAO estimates about 1/3 of all food that is produced worldwide is lost or wasted between production and consumption. The impacts are social, economic and environmental as this wastage exacerbates hunger and under - and malnourishment of about 800 million people, leads to an estimated $940 billion in economic losses per year and has a significant impact on the use of water, cropland and greenhouse gas emissions (FAO, 2011). Turning this around we can also state that reducing food loss and waste offers opportunities for positive social, economic and environmental impact.

GAIN has developed the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) in order to decrease Post Harvest Losses and Waste (PHL/W) globally by “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains”, with a particular focus on those value chains that provide or have the potential to provide significant nutritional value to rural and urban mass market and, in particular, base of pyramid populations. GAIN together with AgriProFocus, BoPInc, and Postharvest Network intend to bring the PLAN approach to Indonesia, thus contribute to the improvement of local availability and affordability of nutritious food crops in Indonesia.

To find which value chain has the potential for a post harvest loss intervention, from October 2016 to January 2017 assessments to look at the tropical fruit (mango), shallot, and seafish (tongkol) value chain were conducted. The assessments were presented on Workshop Minimizing Postharvest Loss for Nutrition, Tuesday 21 March 2017 in Jakarta, to get an inputs from various stakeholder to sharpen the finding that will be use to develop PLAN program in Indonesia. The workshop comprises of 2 main sessions that was presentations from the experts in the morning, followed by break out sessions where the consultant presented their finding in each commodities.

In morning session we had presentations by experts to address post harvest loss and waste in Indonesia. Firstly, Bonnie McClafferty, Director of Agriculture and Nutrition of GAIN USA, presented global prespective regarding Background & Introduction to PLAN. This presentation followed by others material which are Nutrition Challenges Indonesia by Eko Prihastono – Sub Directorate of Control and Nutritional Adequacy Ministry of Health, Importance of Post Harvest Loss Reduction in Agriculture by Aminuddin Aziz – Head Division for Post Harvest, Ministry of Agriculture, Supply Chain of Fisheries Products and Its Potential of Harvest Losses by Simson Masengi – Head Division of Standarization Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fishery, and Post-Harvest Loss in Small-scale Agribusiness Chains in Indonesia by Professor Made Supartha Utama from Universitas Udayana. After coffee break, we learned post harvest solutions from other countries which are PLAN in Nigeria by Bonnie McClafferty – GAIN, Mueller Milk Chiller in Ethiopia & Mooij Potato Storage in Bangladesh by Gijs Herpers – BoP Innovation Center, and Melons in Guatemala by Nina Waldhauer – Wageningen University and Research.

Break out sessions discussed the assessment results of Mango, Shallot, and Tongkol answering basic question to figure post harvest loss state in Indonesia: Where are the postharvest losses? Why are these happening? (e.g. lack in technology, lack in knowledge, lack in organization) What actions can be done to address the losses? How can technology play a role reducing PHL? What is role of business and is other stakeholders required?

Do you or your organization have interest on reducing post harvest loss and waste especially on these commodities? Please contact us for further information or inquiries. If you need the materials of workshop, please leave a comment below or contact indonesia@agriprofocus.com. Thank you.