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.

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.

Our partners