The Postharvest Network: Empowering Food Value

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. Read more >

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The Postharvest Network creates concerted action of businesses, knowledge institutes, governmental bodies and civil society organizations to minimize food losses in the postharvest supply chain. In some chains, up to 50% of the harvest is lost before the product even reaches the consumer. Turning this around is possible if we combine expertise, experience and efforts in joint and coordinated action with a value chain approach.