moderated by Ibrahim Palaz

According to the FAO, about one third of the world’s food is either lost or wasted before consumption, leading to considerable negative impact on food security, use of scarce resources and economic opportunities. In developing and emerging countries, inefficiencies in the postharvest value chain such as cooling, storage, processing and transportation are the most significant causes of this loss. Turning this loss into opportunities for value chains actors and society at large is possible but needs concerted action in consortia of businesses, knowledge institutes, governmental bodies and civil society at large. 

In the Postharvest Network AgriProFocus, FME and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research combine their expertise, experience and efforts to create sustainable and scalable postharvest solutions for emerging markets. We strive to reduce postharvest food losses, enhance food security, reduce pressure on scarce resources and create economic opportunities by stimulating Dutch stakeholders in co-operation with local governments, experts and companies to provide their experience and expertise on a basis of mutual benefit.

On this page members will interact on this topic and you will find usefull updates about our Post-Harvest projects. For more information about the PostHarvestNetwork you can check the website:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 January 2019 at 02:17

Uganda Coffee Technology and Post-Harvest Loss Assessment

We are reaching out to coffee farmers, cooperatives, and exporters in Uganda to inquire how the procurement of specific technologies would improve the processing and production of coffee that would have an an immediate impact on reducing post-harvest loss, increasing quality and expanding production.

We greatly appreciate your participation in this assessment, which would take no longer than 5 minutes of your time.

We hope that with this information we can work with donors, government and critical stakeholders in the coffee sector to pilot these technologies and strengthen the value chain.

AFRIPORT INTERNATIONAL, is a registered Ugandan company that seeks to improve the capacity and economic well-being of farmers, reduce post-harvest losses, and strengthen the value chain to increase exports for high-quality, organic produce and other commodities from Uganda to the global market.

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Posted By in Pertes post-recoltes
Posted 5 December 2018 at 10:50

Food Connection Challenge, une alternative pour réduire les pertes post-récoltes

Le rideau est tombé le jeudi 29 novembre sur le Food Connection Challenge 2018.  Partir de 80 candidats au démarrage du processus, 5 dont 3 femmes et 2 hommes sont arrivés en finale . Il s’agit de :

- Mme Célia Fiogbe, CEO de AgroDynamique

- Mr Steve Hoda, CEO de Afririce

- Mr Armel Ahimakin, CEO de Huilerie Royale TED

- Mme Chantal Adiko, CEO de Africacompost

- Mme Assiba Carine Bokovo, CEO de Assiba Fée. 

L'évenement a réuni plus de 41 personnes dont 16 femmes. Démarré à 15H30 par l’installation des membres du jury (Mr AKPINFA Edouard, Mme AKPLOGAN Huguette (rapporteur), Mr DADJO Michaël, Mr RIBOUX Roland (Président), les finalistes ont eu droit chacun à 5 mn pour présenter leur projet. S’en est suivi les questions-réponses pour mieux comprendre les projets exposés.  Après concertation du jury, les noms des deux (02) gagnants ont été dév

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou Mes vives félicitations aux gagnants de ce prix. Nos encourageons les heureuses gagnantes à mettre en oeuvre leur projet pour un développement de l'entrepreneuriat féminin qui débouchera sur l'autonomisation des femmes en Afrique.

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  29 November 2018, 15:00-18:00

Le Food Connection Challenge est un incubateur agroalimentaire qui développe des solutions innovantes pour réduire les pertes après récolte. Nous avons commencé cette aventure en Avril avec 80 candidats au démarrage qui ont suivi les étapes de formations, de coaching, etc. 

A la phase finale, nous avons cinq (05) candidats qui sont appelés à convaincre le jury.  Les 2 meilleurs reçevront un bon pour demander un cofinancement du "réseau post-récolte" à hauteur de 20 000 euros (13 119 140 FCFA).

Les finalistes : 

- Mme Célia Fiogbe, CEO de AgroDynamique 

- Mr Steve Hoda, CEO de Afririce 

- Mr Armel Ahimakin, CEO de Huilerie Royale TED

- Mme Chantal Adiko,  CEO de Africacompost

- Mme Assiba Carine Bokovo, CEO de Assiba Fée 

Felicitations aux gagnants (es) 

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 19 October 2018 at 06:08


Innovation Challenge di bidang pasca panen ikan segar untuk pemasaran lokal adalah program kompetisi tingkat nasional yang diadakan oleh Indonesia-Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (I-PLAN) yang bekerja sama dengan Kementerian Kesehatan RI dan didukung penuh Kementerian Kelautan Perikanan. Kegiatan ini dilaksanakan oleh Innovation Factory dan NTUitive.

Kompetisi ini mencari ide inovasi teknologi pasca panen yang bisa diterima pengguna dan dipasarkan. Inovasi diutamakan untuk mengurangi postharvest loss (PHL) ikan segar dari tempat pendaratan hingga ke konsumen di lima titik kritis di bawah.

I-PLAN mencari 5-10 pemenang yang memiliki ide teknologi atau inovasi baru yang dapat diadopsi oleh pelaku rantai pasokan lokal dengan tujuan untuk mengurangi Post-Harvest Loss (PHL) ikan laut segar di sepanjang rantai pasokan, yang terdiri dari beberapa titik kritis seperti di:

1. Tempat pendaratan ikan

2. Transportasi dan distribusi (termasuk pedagang ikan dan sayuran

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Posted By in EPE Project - Fruits and Vegetables Component
Posted 27 September 2018 at 07:19

Farmer earns big from pepper:

Getting into red pepper business was the last thing she thought she would ever do. They call her Mama pilipili and Zaina Muyobo Nambuya, 52, likes it for she stands out among farmers in Manafwa District.

Muyobo always wanted to be a successful maize farmer but fate pushed her into growing red pepper.


In 2014, the farmer bought three acres of land in for Khabutoola Sub-county, where she had planned to move from Manafwa Town and grow maize. Muyobo, who is also a politician, started growing red pepper as a hobby three years ago.

Elders, however, allocated her land bordering a thicket that is infested with wild animals. This made it difficult for her to grow the maize. However, giving up was not an option for her. Muyobo went into pepper farming after learning several animals, save forbirds keep off the crop.

“A friend advised me that pepper was the only crop that wild animals would not touch. This encouraged me to plant it,” she recalls.


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Posted By in IRESO Project
Posted 15 August 2018 at 06:21

Kalumamba’s switch from potatoes to ‘Assila’ tomatoes yields handsome reward

After he completed his agricultural training course from Bukalasa Agricultural College Luwero in 2007, Micheal Kalumamba, 29, dived straight into farming, and started off by growing a variety of crops such as maize, sorghum, beans and potatoes. However, after two seasons of toiling, Kalumamba wasn’t impressed one bit with the income he got after selling his harvest, because of the low prices his produce fetched in spite of the fact that they had a long gestation period. 

“I would sell for example potatoes and beans to nearby markets and get about Shs 300,000 profits a season. This frustrated me and I thought of other crops to grow,” he said.

In 2011, Kalumamba decided to switch to tomatoes after he discovered that their demand had gone up. In fact, he specifically opted to grow ‘Assila’ because it is a type that has a lower gestation period—of only three months and with a long shelf-life sinc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 31 July 2018 at 07:41

Local farmers of Rwanda lose 30 % in post-harvest processes.

Rwanda Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has urged vegetable and fruits farmers to adopt the use of modern farming techniques and technologies for reducing post-harvest losses.

The call is founded on post-harvest loss assessment of different crops such as tomatoes, pepper, bananas, among others, that was conducted last year. The assessment was released last week to farmers and processors.

The assessment carried out in conjunction with the University of Rwanda and other stakeholders showed that the largest losses are a result of poor handling of produce and result to losses in the value chain of different crops from farm to market. Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 05:28

‘Waste food could feed 48m people’

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka, July 10, 2018
THE Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says crops which go to waste due to poor storage facilities could feed about 48 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Post-harvest loss refers to a reduction in the quality and quantity of food such as cereals, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and milk, between the farm and the point-of-sale before consumption.
According to FAO estimates issued in a statement on Friday, post-harvest losses is expected to reach up to 20 percent for cereals, 30 percent for dairy and fish while fruit and vegetables, it will be around 40 percent READ MORE

Wow! This is interesting! An opportunity for Agripreneurs.

Perhaps there is also need as a country to undertake an inventory of the innovations that have been developed to mitigate Post Harvest Losses and there after Improve on the existing Innovations and commercializing them.

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Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 10 July 2018 at 11:08

Wageningen University & Research continues to support vegetable sector in Indonesia

9 July 2018, FreshPlaza

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) continues its activities to improve vegetable production and to strengthen private sector development in Indonesia. A two-year program funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta succeeds the vegIMPACT program that finished in 2017. The new vegIMPACT NL program was officially launched during the Wageningen Indonesian Network Exposure Scientific Meeting 2018 in Bogor, Indonesia, July 6th.

To read more about the vegIMPACT NL program, in which also AgriProFocus and members are involved, please follow this link.

For more information on the activities of AgriProFocus and its members regarding post harvest losses in shallots as part of VegImpact NL, follow this link.


Post Harvest Technology Course

Event posted by in Circular Economy Agribusiness
  09 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Postharvest technology course

Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging and handling of fresh horticultural products? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration? Then this course might be something for you. 35% of all harvested crops is lost during storage and distribution. Increasing globalisation necessitates long-term transport and the demand for high quality products stresses the need for innovative and sustainable postharvest technologies. Prevention of postharvest losses therefore is of major importance for global food and nutritional security.

Organised by Wageningen Academy, Horticulture & Product Physiology Group, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research

Postharvest technology course our approach

This course gives participants an in-depth view on:

• The latest insights in the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration processes in fresh horticultural produc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 10 July 2018 at 10:18

2nd Training of trainers organized by RPHR in Rwanda project at PTSC, UR-CAVM, Busogo campus.

Today 10 May, 2018, the Reducing Postharvest Losses in Rwanda Project (RPLR) working under UR-CAVM launches a 2 days training of trainers workshop of 30 models farmers of fruits and vegetables from Busogo sector, Musanze district. The aim of this training is to gain understanding of postharvest losses causes, constraints and opportunities in identified horticultural crop value chains and determine the benefits of introducing appropriate postharvest practices and technologies for reduction of post-harvest losses along the value chain.

As highlighted by Dr. Hilda Vasanthakaalam the project’s principal investigator, through this training, farmers will get more knowledge and hands on skills through lecturers, sharing of experience through group discussion sessions and demonstration of modern equipment (such as cooling chamber and ZECC) and other materials available at PTSC to be used by benefici

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you for sharing with us ELIAS NELLY,  don't forget to share the recommendations and cconclusions from this interesting ToT training!  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 31 May 2018 at 07:54


The post-harvest losses in shallot's value chain are up to 40% which reduces the income of farmers and the availability of nutritious food in the regions. Most of these losses appear to occur during storage. Hence, there is a need for improved on-farm storage solutions in combination with support on harvest, drying and treatment before shallots are stored as these steps determine the quality of the shallots that go into storage. AgriProFocus Indonesia, Post Harvest Network, BoP Inc. visited Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, Ubud, Bali, and Jakarta to meet the key stakeholders.

Almost all of shallot farmers in Sumbawa Island were from Bima district. Those who planted shallot in the other regencies outside Bima that produce shallots, namely the district of Sumbawa and Dompu, also came from Bima (90-95%). They were temporary migrants from Bima, who rented land in Sumbawa and Dompu regencies, for cultivating shallot. 


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 31 May 2018 at 07:18


In Indonesia, fish is an important part of the diet, not only for animal protein, but also as a source of micro-nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids. Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) initial study (2017) estimated that the local supply chain is losing up to 25% of its fish post-harvest. Most prominent losses occur due to lack of proper cold storage, packaging and crating, and processing solutions, which are required to reduce the damage during several steps in the value chain.

In Indonesia, 100g of tongkol (mackerel tuna, Euthynnus affiniscontains 56% and 100% of the recommended protein intake for an adult and for a child 4-9 years old respectively. Approximately 16,500-27,500 metric tons of fish protein are lost every year. In accordance with such estimation, there is a need to have a deeper understanding of different types of losses affecting food security and stakeholders’ livelihoods, especially physic

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 11 May 2018 at 03:50


" 7! C'est le nombre de jours qui vous reste pour finaliser votre dossier de candidatures et peut-etre bénéficier de la formation et du prix de 13 000 000 CFA pour mettre en place votre idée pour réduire les pertes après récolte!

7, si vous passez 7 min de plus sur les questions les plus importantes, vous augmentez vos chances de faire partie des élus!
Plus d'informations sur l'événement:
Bonne chance! 

#FCC2018, #BoPInc"

Posted By in Pertes post-recoltes
Posted 9 April 2018 at 10:18

Food Connection Challenge, une opportunité de 13.000.000 FCFA à gagner !

Acteurs des chaînes de valeur agricoles (Vendeurs, distributeurs, transporteurs, transformateurs, producteurs) ayant une réflexion pour réduire les pertes poste récoltes dans une logique de viabilité économique ; inscrivez-vous avant le 18 Mai 2018 via la page pour soumettre vos idées. BoP InC vous accompagnera dans le plan de réalisation.

Pour accéder au formulaire d'inscription, cliquez sur le lien ci-après :

Ensemble disons Non aux pertes poste récoltes !

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 22 February 2018 at 07:36

The Story of Postharvest Loss

Check out this video by GAIN to see the costs we are endured because of postharvest loss and waste in agriculture commodities. The damage are ranging from lost in income revenue, green house gasses, to malnutrition which is the most devastating impact caused by postharvest loss.

GAIN have been working  to eliminate food loss between the farm and the market through Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN). We are happy to work with the alliance by brought our network for Indonesia PLAN (I-PLAN)'s initial scoping last year. 


Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 March 2018 to 23 March 2018 - All Day Event

Event: Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 19th – 23rd March 2018.




Food loss and waste have many negative economic and environmental impacts. Economically, they represent a wasted investment that can reduce farmers’ incomes and increase consumers’ expenses. Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land, which in turn can lead to diminished natural ecosystems and the services they provide.

While the number of food insecure population remains unacceptably high, massive quantities of food are lost due to spoilage and infestations on the journey to consumers. However, one of the major ways of strengthening food security is by reducing these losses. It is of high importance in the effort to combat hunger, raise income and improve food security and livelihoods. Th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 February 2018 at 02:34

Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture visits AgriProFocus

On Friday February 9, Marjolijn Sonnema, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality visited the AgriProFocus office in Utrecht. She was curious to find out more about our network; who are our members, what drives us and how can the ministry and AgriProFocus work more together on agriculture and food security?

We wanted to present the broad variety of members and activities of our network. We invited members in Utrecht and set up a live video connection with Uganda and Benin. Our coordination teams there had invited network members and partners that are involved in the Benin “Uplifting the Fish Value Chain in Benin” program and in the Uganda PAINT program, two strong examples of how AgriProFocus facilitates Dutch, national and international partners to work together on common goals and agendas.

Thanks to the live connection a lively discussion sparked between the guests in Utrecht, Uganda an

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Akibodé Djodji Congratulations , Utrecht team, I see that this visit opens the door to a greater collaboration with the new ministry  of agriculture. Thanks to the team of Benin and Uganda for sharing your activities Together we will make agribusiness work for developpement  in Mali and the rest of the world

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 5 February 2018 at 08:50

Request for Concept Notes (RFCN): Annual Program Statement (APS) for Acquisition of Post-Harvest Losses Reduction Technologies through Inclusive and Innovative Business Models

Deadline: September 30, 2018

The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is releasing an Annual Program Statement (APS) to award matching grants in support of its activities. As a first step, Hinga Weze is seeking Concept Notes for potential funding of grant projects. Instructions for completing the Concept Note can be found in the attached document. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the USAID and US Government regulations governing grants and Hinga Weze internal grant management policies.

This solicitation will target only smallholder farmers, farmers organizations and agricultural SMEs working in Rwandan high-value horticulture, maize, high iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato and Irish potato in Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamash

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Christophe BIGIRIMANA Thanks for sharing

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME welcome Christophe BIGIRIMANA

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 January 2018 at 03:08

I'm doing my fourth year Research Project on: Analysis of the post harvest handling of carrots in Nakuru County: A case study of Mau Narok.

I'm looking for documents that could help me put up a meticulous research work. Particularly on these areas:

. Packaging policies for agricultural goods in Kenya.

. Value addition

. Marketing

Kindly send any help on my email. Thanks in advance.

Moses Auma.