Local solutions supported by Dutch expertise

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 emerging economies. 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 local and international expertise, experience and efforts in joint and coordinated action with a value chain approach.

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Our team

Our team is driven by one goal: create viable solutions to reduce postharvest losses. Our team members know how to analyse food supply chains and how to trace food losses. They also know where to find the expertise to implement practical and proven solutions and how to create coalitions of the willing.

Heike Axmann

Heike Axmann

Network Coordinator

Heike Axmann has extensive experience in the logistics and agro-food industries. Her work focuses on the development of international agro-food value chains and the topic of food loss and waste reduction. Currently, Heike works at Wageningen University & Research as a project manager for international research projects focusing on fresh food chains in developing and emerging countries. As Coordinator of the Postharvest Network Heike is responsible for the strategy development of the network as well as the day-to-day management.

Ibrahim Palaz

Ibrahim Palaz

Business Developer

Ibrahim Palaz is a social business developer with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, who has built up multi-sectoral experience in food security and health care. He has been responsible for proposition development, partnership management, fundraising and strategic advisory. By connecting people and ideas, he has been successful in capitalizing on business opportunities from a variety of (international) funders. Ibrahim works as Business Development Coordinator at AgriProFocus where he leads business development efforts and builds business development capacity. For the Postharvest Network Ibrahim coordinates the proposition development and partnership management of the network.

Lisette van Benthum

Lisette van Benthum

Partner Facilitator
Moniek Klein Gunnewiek

Moniek Klein Gunnewiek

Partner Facilitator

Moniek Klein Gunnewiek is International Business Development Manager for the sectors Agri & Food and Water & Environment within FME, the Dutch association for entrepreneurs in the technology industry, representing 2,200 member companies and 60 affiliated trade associations. Moniek focuses on identifying market opportunities and developing collective international programmes and activities for innovation and export ambitions of members, together with public and private partners along the supply chain. Moniek is Partner Facilitator for the Postharvest Network and the linking pin between the Network and FME members. Her responsibility is to connect FME members with the Network to provide technological expertise and solutions to reduce postharvest losses and food waste.

Peter Ravensbergen

Peter Ravensbergen

Partner Facilitator

Peter Ravensbergen works as a Business Developer at the Wageningen Food & Biobased Research Institute in the Netherlands. He is a specialist in sustainable (international) fresh supply chains. He has a broad international network: India, Argentina, Mexico, Philippines, Eastern Europe and Balkan. His experience includes linking people and organizations, project design, programme and supply chain management, as well as strategy development.
Peter is Partner Facilitator for the Postharvest Network and the linking pin between the Network and Wageningen Food & Biobased Reseach. His responsibility is to bring Wageningen expertise into the network and to embed the network’s ambitions and work within WFBR.

Sander Mager

Sander Mager

Chair of the Board

Sander Mager is the Managing Director of AgriProFocus, a global network organisation with strong Dutch roots, focusing on entrepreneurship for food security and agricultural transformation. Being an ecologist by education, Sander is motivated by how people and organisations can jointly create systemic change. In his work Sander always aims to create shared value by focusing on the synergy between agricultural entrepreneurship, sustainable development and innovation. He has a strong motivation to work across sectoral and institutional boundaries, because real breakthroughs are often created where unlikely allies start collaborating. In his view sustainable development is not just about doing things better; it is about doing better things. It is about fundamentally changing our ways of working ánd our ways of working together.

Marcel van Haren

Marcel van Haren

Board Member

Marcel van Haren works as clustermanager Agri & Food at FME, the Dutch association for entrepreneurs in the technology industry. In the cluster over 15 organisations cooperate to accelerate the innovation in the field of machines, technology and ICT for the agri & food sector. Besides his primary role of clustermanager Marcel is also director of GMV, the association of machinebuilders for foodprocessing, and NAFTC, the export platform for Agri & Food solutions, having offices in China, India, Vietnam and Turkey. In 2013 Marcel van Haren, in his role at FME, was involved in the setup and start of the Postharvest Network, driven by a strong believe that helping developing countries to prevent having large volumes of post harvest losses, is one of the biggest gains for having less foodwaste in the world.

Toine Timmermans

Toine Timmermans

Board Member

Toine Timmermans is Program Manager Sustainable Food Chains at Wageningen University & Research, and Coordinator of the EU projects FUSIONS and REFRESH. The overall aim of REFRESH is to
contribute to SDG 12.3: halving food loss and food waste across the post-harvest supply chain and building a responsible and sustainable food consumption and production system based on circular economy principles. The Taskforce Circular Economy in Food is the leading platform in the Netherlands. Other platforms are set up in Germany, Spain, Hungary and China. Toine is also coordinator of the FLW reduction project within the CGIAR program CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) with a focus on in developing and emerging countries in Sub Sahara Africa.

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