post-harvest

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 April 2017 at 11:54

Can technology help to make fresh food available and affordable?

Poor dietary diversity in developing countries can be a key contributor to health problems because it increases the likelihood that people are not getting sufficient nutrients. Making fresh food more safe, affordable and available provides an opportunity to increase the variety of foods they eat and reduce malnutrition. Herbert Smorenburg, Senior Manager at GAIN writes.

The main drivers of dietary diversity are availability and affordability of micronutrient-rich foods such as horticultural crops, animal-sourced foods, pulses, and nutritious grains. Availability and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in particular, due to their seasonal production and perishable nature, present one of the greatest challenges. Without suitable technologies, such as pickling, fermenting, drying, cooling and freezing to conserve, store and process nutritious foods, the cost of such foods, and therefore the cost of better, diverse and

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Laura, thanks for sharing this :)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 April 2017 at 11:08

Watermelon: Recommendations for Maintaining Postharvest Quality

This 4 page publication by Trevor V. Suslow of the California University gives you a short overview of recommendations of maintaining post harvest quality of watermelon. He a/o touches the following subjects: Maturity Indices, Quality Indices, Optimum Temperature, Optimum Relative Humidity, Rates of Respiration, Rates of Ethylene Production, Response to Ethylene, Responses to Controlled Atmospheres (CA), Physical and Physiological Disorders, Pathological Disorders, Special Considerations, Maturity and Quality and Disorders.

To access the publication please follow this link.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
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 t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 7 April 2017 at 01:43

Africa Post harvest Congress and Exhibition 2017 - Next steps


Nairobi hosted the first ever All-Africa Post Harvest Challenge, Congress and Exhibition, organized by the University of Nairobi’s department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, with support from the World Food Conservation Centre and Rockefeller Foundation among other partners. AgriProFocus Kenya was a a member of the local organizing committee as well as a contributing sponsor.


The event discussed and showcased actionable strategies for reducing food loss in Africa and how different stakeholders in the food supply chain can work together to ensure proper and better utilization of the food that has been produced in the continent. It was also a time for stakeholders in this space to resolve and commit to be part of the community of change agents making a difference towards postharvest loss reduction.


It is estimated that roughly one-third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. This is du

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 March 2017 at 03:25

Effect of Low Density Polyethylene Bag and 1-MCP Sachet for Suppressing Fruit Rot Disease and Maintaining Storage Quality of Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.)

Authors: T. T. Vo, P. Jitareerat, A.K. Uthairatanakij, S. Limmatvapirat, M. Kato
Publisher: International Food Research Journal, 2016

The effect of packaging bags on fruit rot disease suppression and fruit quality retention of mangosteens (Garcinia mangostana L.) was investigated at 13°C. Harvested mangosteen fruit at stage 3 of maturity (full red pericarp) were packed in either a perforated polyethylene (PPE) bag, a low density polyethylene (LDPE) bag, or an LDPE bag combined with a 1-MCP sachet (EthylBlocTM), with non-packed fruit used as the control. All samples were kept at 13°C for 30 days. Fruit incorporating an LDPE bag + 1-MCP sachet did not show fruit rot disease throughout the 30 days while those in a PPE bag showed the highest fruit rot disease. Fruit in the LDPE bag alone had lower fruit rot disease as c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 February 2017 at 10:30

Call for entries! All Africa Post-Harvest Technologies and Innovations Challenge. Deadline, 17th February 2017. 

+ Are you an individual or institution from or working in Africa? 
+ Are you working in the post-harvest agriculture space?
+ Do you have a technology or innovation at Testing or Market-ready stage? 

If you answered YES to the above questions, then this challenge is for you. Apply now, you may end up being among the top 10 finalists to pitch their innovations during the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition on 31st March 2017. You will also part way with USD 35,000! If you make top 20, your work will be featured in a special booklet. 

Click here for guidelines for preparation and submission of entries. Deadline for submission of entries 17th February 2017. 

More information about the All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition available here.

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East Africa Post-harvest Technology Exhibition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  10 May 2017, All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

THE EAST AFRICA POST-HARVEST TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE

The East Africa Postharvest Technology Challenge 2017 (EAPTC-2017) aims to identify scalable post-harvest technologies in East Africa for dissemination. The EAPTC-2017 will offerand prepare 50 top ready to scale technologies on how scale up and pitchto development partners, donors, Governments, farmers/traders associations and investors. The top 25 technologies will then get an opportunity to showcase and pitch todevelopment partners, donors, Governments, farmers/traders associations and investorsin a special session during the upcomingEast Africa Postharvest Technology Exhibition set for May 2017.

Phases of the EAPTC-2017 Challenge:

• The application will be received via the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition Website; https://younginnovatorsinagribusiness.com/post-harvest-2017/

• Applications close on 20th February, 2017.

• A selection panel will convene to select 50 participants to take part in the EATPTC-2017 Challenge. They wi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 19 January 2017 at 02:29

THE EAST AFRICA POST-HARVEST TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE 

The East Africa Postharvest Technology Challenge 2017 (EAPTC-2017) aims to identify scalable post-harvest technologies in East Africa for dissemination. The EAPTC-2017 will offerand prepare 50 top ready to scale technologies on how scale up and pitchto development partners, donors, Governments, farmers/traders associations and investors. The top 25 technologies will then get an opportunity to showcase and pitch todevelopment partners, donors, Governments, farmers/traders associations and investorsin a special session during the upcomingEast Africa Postharvest Technology Exhibition set for May 2017.

Phases of the EAPTC-2017 Challenge:

• The application will be received via the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition Website; https://younginnovatorsinagribusiness.com/post-harvest-2017/

• Applications close on 20th February, 2017.

• A selection panel will convene to select 50 participants to take part in the EATPTC-2017 Challenge.

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 11 October 2016 at 01:19

Lowongan Kerja

Pemetaan pengetahuan, pemangku kepentingan, dan jejaring untuk Bawang Merah

Latar Belakang

Gain membuat Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) untuk menurunkan kehilangan dan sampah pasca panen secara global melalui “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains” dengan berfokus pada rantai nilai yang menyediakan (atau berpotensi menyediakan) nutrisi signifikan yang bernilai bagi pasar pedesaan dan perkotaan, berbasiskan piramida populasi.

GAIN memilih Nigeria sebagai negara PLAN pertama, bersama AgriProFocus, BoPInc, dan Postharvest Network akan membawa pendekatan PLAN ke Indonesia. Inisiatif ini diharapkan bisa berkontribusi untuk meningkatkan ketersediaan lokal dan keterjangkauan tanaman pangan bernutrisi di Indonesia. Baca lebih lengkap di bawah.

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Job Vacancy

Knowledge, Stakeholder and Network Mapping – SHALLOT

Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for

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Lisette van Benthum The e-mail address for applications is indonesia@agriprofocus.com

9 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 11 October 2016 at 01:14

Lowongan Kerja

Pemetaan Pengetahuan, Pemangku Kepentingan, dan Jejaring untuk Buah Tropis

Latar Belakang

Gain membuat Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) untuk menurunkan kehilangan dan sampah pasca panen secara global melalui “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains” dengan berfokus pada rantai nilai yang menyediakan (atau berpotensi menyediakan) nutrisi signifikan yang bernilai bagi pasar pedesaan dan perkotaan, berbasiskan piramida populasi.

GAIN memilih Nigeria sebagai negara PLAN pertama, bersama AgriProFocus, BoPInc, dan Postharvest Network akan membawa pendekatan PLAN ke Indonesia. Inisiatif ini diharapkan bisa berkontribusi untuk meningkatkan ketersediaan lokal dan keterjangkauan tanaman pangan bernutrisi di Indonesia. Baca lengkap di bawah.

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Job Vacancy

Knowledge, Stakeholder and Network Mapping – TROPICAL FRUIT

Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improv

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Lisette van Benthum The e-mail address for applications is indonesia@agriprofocus.com

9 months 2 weeks ago

Rizki Estrada there is no proposal template?

9 months 1 week ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru No, just up to the applicant.

9 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 October 2016 at 01:03

Lowongan Kerja

Pemetaan pengetahuan, pemangku kepentingan, dan jejaring untuk Ikan Laut (Tangkapan)

Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (i-PLAN)

Latar Belakang

Gain membuat Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) untuk menurunkan kehilangan dan sampah pasca panen secara global melalui  “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains” dengan berfokus pada rantai nilai yang menyediakan (atau berpotensi menyediakan) nutrisi signifikan yang bernilai bagi pasar pedesaan dan perkotaan, berbasiskan piramida populasi.

GAIN memilih Nigeria sebagai negara PLAN pertama, bersama AgriProFocus, BoPInc, dan Postharvest Network akan membawa pendekatan PLAN ke Indonesia. Inisiatif ini diharapkan bisa berkontribusi untuk meningkatkan ketersediaan lokal dan keterjangkauan tanaman pangan bernutrisi di Indonesia. Baca lebih lengkap di bawah.

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Lisette van Benthum the e-mail address for applications is indonesia@agriprofocus.com

9 months 2 weeks ago

AgriProFocus Indonesia Thank you Lisette, I just edited it!

9 months 2 weeks ago

IWAN BUDHIARTA so sad...late to read...is there still any chance for me?

9 months 1 week ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru So sorry the vacancy already closed. Please follow this page so you will not missed other vacancies in the future. Thank you.

8 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 October 2016 at 07:53

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (no. 15)

The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) is filled with nine news items on results of F&BKP affiliated research, calls and events:

- Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture

- Research project Measuring effects of agri-development on nutrition

- Literature review Social entrepreneurs as change makers for food security

- Applied Research Fund  (ARF): third call second round with deadline December 6, 2016

- Research findings & takeaways expert meetings Finance for Smallholders

Further, on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website you can also read an update on food and nutrition security policy highlights as part of the Dutch Development Results 2015 magazine.

For more detailed background information and to download our reports and studies, please explore this website www.knowledge4food.net. An additional way to make sure you don’t miss any Platform updates is to follow us on Twitter

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks madam

9 months 3 weeks ago

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First All-Africa Postharvest Congress & Exhibition

Event posted by in Post-harvest Losses
  28 March 2017 to 31 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

“1st All AFRICA POSTHARVEST CONGRESS & EXHIBITION” will be held March 28 to 31, 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Learn more and register via this LINK.



Posted By in Join the Discussion
Posted 25 August 2016 at 08:25

Online Discussion: Post-Harvest Management in Ethiopia

With the theme post harvesting and processing, members of the Innovation Community Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture had a workshop on 23 August 2016. Agreed up on the importance of post-harvest in our country, the members decided that the co-creation should start with inventorying the experience of AgriProFocus members towards enhancing post-harvest management. So the following question is developed to initiate an active online discussion.

What techniques/technologies, training materials, guidelines, manuals, tools, evidence-based researches, post-harvest management projects etc. are being used to tackle post-harvest losses in Ethiopia. Please share!

Starting sharing your idea by commenting under this post.

Fikadu Reta Alemayehu Thanks James for asking. I will send you if I get papers from our staffs. One way to convince them about postharvest loses might be to train them about how they can sort our damaged and wasted maize seeds after storage. That might need field visit at the villages and demonstrate to them the maize seeds damaged by storage or those left on farm land during harvesting.

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Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife Thanks very much Agri Pro focus for creating such a wonderful online discussion forum!! According to UN-FAO, by the year 2050 the world population is expected to reach 9 billion people, and demand for food will increase by 60 percent. In addition, One-third of the food that the world produces is lost between the time that it is harvested and consumed- a staggering 1.3 billion tons every year. When converted into calories, global food loss and waste amounts to approximately 24 percent of all food produced. Essentially, one out of every four food calories grown to feed people is not ultimately consumed by humans. 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. Increasing food production is not enough. If we are to meet a pending worldwide food shortage, it is not just desirable but imperative that we save more of this food that is lost postharvest. Developing countries that live on the margins of food security are most threatened by the postharvest losses of food that can often amount to 50% of their harvested crop. Postharvest losses have repercussions on hunger, poverty alleviation, income generation and economic growth. The scale of post-harvest food loss is tragic. The phenomenon will be even worse in continent like Africa where the national food security is greatly dependent on nature's goodwill. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 4 billion dollars worth of grain is lost every year. This is more than the total value of food aid sent to the region over the last decade, and 4 billion dollars worth of grain could feed at least 48 million people. As a result, the potential benefits of reducing postharvest losses in developing countries are large. As a strategy for closing the food gap between food available today and food needed in 2050 to adequately feed the planet’s projected 9.3 billion people, can increase the amount of food available to farmers for their own consumption or for sale to market, can reduce the likelihood that small-holders become net food buyers, can lower household expenditures per unit of food consumed, lowers expenditures of processors and retailers per unit of food grown or harvest in the value chain, reducing quality losses can better maintain nutritional value of food. In addition to that, increases the return on investment of time spent farming and could reduce the total time needed to work in fields and reduce total household expenditures on food, freeing up resources for health, education, and other household benefits. Moreover, Better utilizing food already grown reduces the need to convert more ecosystems into food production or to harvest more wild food, reduces the need to withdraw more water from aquifers or add more agricultural chemicals that may pollute water bodies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture to levels consistent with stabilizing the climate and also reduces the need to convert more land, apply more fertilizers, raise more livestock, and use energy for producing, processing, transporting, and storing food. Yet as the World Bank, FAO, and others have shown, investment in reducing postharvest losses can be as cost-effective as other agricultural investments and can yield good returns, especially when food commodity prices rise. In general, postharvest loss and waste reduction science is less expensive than production research, in which multiple studies must be conducted over years or seasons.

10 months 4 weeks ago

Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife With the generous support and willingness of Dr. Lisa Kitinoja (Founder of Postharvest Education Foundation) and University of California, Davis, I translated the Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices Manual in to Amharic (Ethiopian Local language). The manual has around 260 pages with excellent small scale technologies. It is very useful for researchers, development agents, postgraduate students, professionals and exporters and importers of different agricultural products. Here is the link to the English and Amharic translation of the Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices Manual. The UC Davis website has recently been updated so the manuals have new hotlink. English: http://ucanr.edu/sites/Postharvest_Technology_Center_/files/230101.pdf Amharic: http://ucanr.edu/sites/Postharvest_Technology_Center_/files/230098.pdf

10 months 4 weeks ago

Gizaw Legesse Here is another Experience: GOAL Ethiopia has been implementing various successful development projects in Ethiopia for many years. I would like to share you here a project the organization has implemented to reduce post-harvest losses. The project entitled Grain Storage Technology Value Chain Set-up and Support was supported under the FSRE Fund financed by the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa. Its objective was to develop an affordable and effective locally produced technology to reduce grain-crop losses – this will include the technological development, modification, improvement, adaptation and management of Plastic Grain-store liners (PGLs). GOAL Ethiopia introduced an improved grain storage technology which have reduced the overall grain loss (16-18%) incurred in using traditional farmers’ storage to 9%. Subsequently, the organization introduced a simple plastic lining technology to further reduce the loss to 4%. A brief presentation about this project can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bwb2EnHAqasoMEJUQkdXdWxzZDA Also the project summary can be found among the 75 FSRE Fund projects at www.agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund

10 months 3 weeks ago

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, experiences and document. @Fikadu, can you also share us when you obtain the papers you mentioned? @Mekbib, thank you for the useful links! Finally, please continue contributing to this online discussion and you can invite relevant stakeholders. In the mean time, we will summarize your comments and share to the rest of the public.

10 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 February 2016 at 12:11

Minimizing Post-Harvest Food Loss

we mostly focus on boosting production of crop/animal product and undermine the post-production/harvesting activities...which includes almost half of the chain practices/activities which play their role on maintaining the food quality/quantity or aggravate the food loss/waste. so we must act on working loss reduction of what is produced.

Nicole Metz dear Gezai Abera, Thank you for highlighting the importance of addressing post harvest losses on this online platform. I'd like to refer you and other readers to the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website on which you will find several relevant publications and stakeholders working on post harvest losses and food wastage. See this link: http://knowledge4food.net/theme/food-wastage/

1 year 5 months ago

Gizaw Legesse Dear Gezai, thank you for your post. And we are delighted to have an active member from Afar. As a horticulture expert, a lot of members will be benefited by creating contact with you. I encourage you to put more details on your profile page (//agriprofocus.com/profile/18742), which is true for other members also - so that we all know who to reach for a specific issue. Again we appreciate your participation on our platform.

1 year 5 months ago

Alem Greiling Dear Gezai thanks for your initiativeand i would say that Food security is a very important subject mainly for Africa for years. On the other hand the discussion and implementation on how to reduce food wastage which could have positive effects on food security is very limited. I would say value chain would be the very best solution for reduction of post harvest loss and will have a positive effect on food security and others.

1 year 5 months ago

Gezai Abera Thank you all for your valuable comment and appreciation. I am always active on the postharvest loss reduction line because I fill hungry if I loss my food and I know we all must run fast to tie the hole from which our food is damped and wasting

10 months 3 weeks ago

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3rd Tanzania AGRIBUSINESS EXPO

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  10 July 2015 - 08:00 to 11 July 2015 - 17:00
  Arusha, Tanzania

The 3rd Tanzania Agribusiness Expo 2015 scheduled to take place on the 10th and 11th July 2015 at Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI). This year’s theme is ‘’Enhancing innovation in agribusiness to increase productivity and food security”.  

Interested individuals, Organizations, Entrepreneurs, SMEs, Consulting firms, Food Companies, Traders, Processors, Innovators, Development Organizations, Farmer Organizations, Seed companies, Media Companies and Learners are encouraged to participate in this event by filling the ATTACHED FORMS so as to book their space.

Also there are chances for sponsors and exhibitors to participate in this big event. For details on how to participate and benefits please see the forms attached.

For any queries Please CALL +255 718 664 645 or 0753 843 321 or email jbngomuo@eagc.org for more information about EAGC and previous Agribusiness expo visit www.agribizexpo.eagc.org

About the EAGC Agribusiness Expo

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Posted By in Post Harvest and Food Industry
Posted 9 February 2015 at 01:59

Post Harvest Network

This is where you can access additional knowledge related to how to improve on food processing, storage, and other post-harvest handling issues. The network is a Dutch initiative that brings together stakeholders from universities, ministries, private sector, civil society. 

It is closely collaborating with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform around the theme 'Food Wastage'. See the Platform's website too: Link 

Booker Owuor Ochieng Great stuff. I've also done alot in Kenya's food security arena.

2 years 5 months ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for your response Booker Owuor Ochieng. If you have particular experiences to share, please let the readers of this platform know!

2 years 5 months ago

MATHIAS OKURUT Great initiative. Will keep following. Poor post harvest handling is a major challenge for country "Uganda".

2 years 4 months ago

Mebit Kebede This is very crucial and timely initiative to discuss more on this matter which is the major challenge for Ethiopia agriculture system

11 months 3 days ago