April 13th: AgriProFocus Network Day

The PostHarvestNetwork will host a workshop during the AgriProFocus Network Day on April 13th. During the session we want to inspire the public that business solutions are possible and worth exploring in order to reduce post harvest losses in a viable and sustainable way.

We offer case-owners the opportunity to share their project, expertise and approach with the larger public. Two examples of cases that will be presented:

  • Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) by SNV
  • Solar Milk Chilling Programme by Heifer

A panel of experts with a.o. Toine Timmermans (WUR) and Pierre van Hedel (Rabobank) will reflect on the cases presented.

The workshop will be held during the Network Day of AgriProFocus that will start at 13.00 hrs at the Social Impact Factory in Utrecht. The session on PostHarvest Losses will be from 14.15 hrs – 15.45 hrs.

You can register HERE


9-12 October 2018 – Postharvest technology course, Wageningen

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.

More info on the course can be found HERE


21 & 22 March 2018 – Global Food Security Symposium

By 2050, Africa’s population will double, with 1 billion projected to be under 18 years old, and many others regions are experiencing similar trends. How can we harness the potential of this promising demographic to secure economic growth and stability? Global leaders, innovators, disruptors, and trailblazers are shaping the future of food and agriculture. Attend this year’s symposium to learn why this transformative moment is a crucial to global food security and stability.

Event Info

Event: Global Food Security Symposium

When: 21 & 22 March 2018

Where: Washington D.C.

Organizer: UThe Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Website: https://digital.thechicagocouncil.org/global-food-security-2018


19 March 2018 – Free online course postharvest losses

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a free online course on postharvest losses and prevention measures. This course provides an overview of the issue of postharvest loss of grains by exploring essential physical, technical, and social dimensions of postharvest supply chains and loss prevention methods globally. The course starts on 19 March 2018, register here:


Event Info

Event: Online Course Postharvest Losses

When: 19 March 2018

Where: Online

Organizer: University of Illinois

Website: https://www.coursera.org/learn/postharvest


11 Jan 2018 – Agrodebat 2018

In January 2018, the yearly debate on agriculture (Agrodebat 2018) organized by Wageningen Economic Research focuses on the changing role of the Netherlands in a dynamic international playing field (in Dutch). 

Op 11 januari 2018 is het zesde Agrodebat, dit keer in de Lloydstoren in Rotterdam. Het debat gaat over de veranderende rol van Nederland in een dynamisch internationaal speelveld.

Toegang tot internationale markten is erg belangrijk voor de Nederlandse agrosector. De Nederlandse afzetmarkt is te klein voor de ambities van veel bedrijven, die een groot deel van hun producten – variërend van zaaizaad tot kippenslachtlijnen tot kaas – afzetten buiten Nederland. Omgekeerd draaien veel bedrijven in de agrosector – zowel in de toelevering als in de verwerking – voor een belangrijk deel op ingevoerde grondstoffen. Maar er is ook kritiek op de globalisering van markten.

Wat betekent dat voor Nederlandse agrosector?

Het Agrodebat 2018 draait om de vraag wat dit betekent voor de Nederlandse agrosector. Kunnen andere handelsregels leiden tot een beter ‘level playing field’ voor internationale handel in landbouwproducten en de zorgen om de al dan niet vermeende negatieve effecten wegnemen? Welke rol is er voor internationale organisaties en het bedrijfsleven? Welke risico’s voor de sector brengt de neiging tot protectionisme met zich mee? Of bieden de trends in internationale agrarische handel ook nieuwe kansen voor de Nederlandse agrosector, bijvoorbeeld door – weer- voorop te gaan lopen?

We gaan hierover graag in debat onder onder leiding van Roelof Hemmen. Registratie is mogelijk via deze link.

Event Info

Event: Agrodebat 2018

When: 11 January 2018

Where: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Organizer: Wageningen University & Research

Website: http://agrifoodtechplatform.nl/evenement/agrifoodtech-platform-congres-2017/


13 Dec 2017 – AgriFoodTech Platform Congress 2017

On December 13, 2017, the AgriFoodTech Platform Conference takes place in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch. It focuses on “Food & Future: Know what you don’t know”. You often just eat what you know. But society is changing. More and more consumers want to know where their food comes from and how it has been prodcued. This has an effect on the supply chains and food systems. At the Conference, the Postharvest Network will organize a parallel session “Stop food waste: Dutch innovations for efficient food chains in emerging markets”.

Know what you don’t know

What do consumers know about food, and how does that knowledge affect what they consume? Generally speaking, consumers will only eat foods that they are familiar with. Society is changing. More and more people want to know where their food comes from, and how it has been produced. These developments are having an impact on supply chains and food systems. To make sure your organization is and remains future-proof, you have to know what you don’t know.

If you ‘know what you don’t know’, you will be able to anticipate new developments, make the required changes, identify opportunities, and devise innovative solutions. The AgriFoodTech Conference will focus on ongoing changes in the food supply chain, the role played by technology and the interplay with developments in society, including the impact on your company. Meet representatives of the technology sector and the food industry, farmers, retailers, other entrepreneurs, as well as educators, government officials and representatives of NGOs and consumer interest groups. Find out what you don’t know about food and the future, and the food of the future!

Visit the website (in Dutch) for more information on the programme and venue.
Download the flyer with information in English.

Postharvest Network side event “Stop Food Waste”

The Postharvest Network organizes a side event during the Conference, entitled “Stop food waste: Dutch innovations for efficient food chains in emerging markets”. The session takes place on December 13, 2017 from 11:15 till 12:45, will be held in English and the entrance is free.

This side event focuses on the Postharvest Network approach, which has been developed over the past three years and will be illustrated by showcasing some recent projects. The Postharvest Network is happy to introduce speakers from India and Argentina who will tell about their first-hand experience working with the Postharvest Network. Furthermore, the possibilities of collaborating with Postharvest Network 2.0 will be announced. This new version of the Postharvest Network will start operating early 2018.

Event Info

Event: AgriFoodTech Platform Congress 2017

When: 13 December 2017

Where: Den Bosch, the Netherlands

Organizer: AgriFoodTech Platform

Website: http://agrifoodtechplatform.nl/evenement/agrifoodtech-platform-congres-2017/


16 Nov 2017 – Food Waste 2017

New Food presents its inaugural one-day conference, “Food Waste: Reducing environmental impact and reaping business benefits”, on November 16, 2017 in Manchester, UK. This event pioneers the conversation on issues relating to food waste, from legislation to packaging and household trends.

The World wastes approximately one third of food produced. The global issue of Food Waste is one that needs to be addressed. Affecting everyone from consumer to government, food waste costs economies billions each year. With the UK wasting an equivalent of six meals every week, now is the time for action.

The event will also equip delegates with the strategies and techniques for measuring, monitoring and analysing supply chain to identify areas of food wastage.

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn how to arrive at practical solutions for your surplus food redistribution schemes
  • Identify proactive strategies on how to overcome barriers regarding consumer commitment to reducing food waste
  • Examine the EU legislation and what Brexit means for UK commitments and policies
  • Gain insight into sustainability implications at both food manufacturer and supply chain levels
  • Explore food waste reduction strategies throughout the supply chain

Event Info

Event: Dutch showcases; supply chain management in agribusiness

When: 16 November 2017

Where: Manchester, UK

Organizer: New Food

Website: https://www.newfoodwaste.com/


13 Sep 2017 – Food Tank Summit: New York City

The Food Tank Summit 2017 in New York City is focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste. The event is sold out, but can be followed online through a free live stream at foodtank.com.

This one-day event will feature more than three dozen different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for discussions on diverse topics. The theme for the Summit is focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste.

Event Info

Event: Food Tank Summit 2017 NYC

When: 13 September 2017

Where: New York City, USA

Organizer: Food Tank

Website: https://foodtank.com/events


25 Aug 2017 – Dutch showcases; supply chain management in agribusiness

Nuffic Neso is organizing a logistics event in Vietnam on August 25, 2017, entitled “Dutch showcases – supply chain management in agribusiness”. Both Françoise van den Broek and Nina Waldhauer will be representing the Postharvest Network at the event. They will give more information on current developments and join in the discussions and Q&A session.

The programme of the logistics event currently consists of three speakers from the local business community:

  • Mathilde Tran – PwC – “Current state of supply chain industry in Vietnam”
  • Siebe van Wijk – Fresh Studio – “Fresh fruit cut and vegetables chain management”
  • Tina Thuy – De Heus – “Animal nutrition: from collecting ingredients to end-customers”

Registration for the event runs through Nuffic Neso Vietnam via support@nesovietnam.org.



Event Info

Event: Dutch showcases; supply chain management in agribusiness

When: 25 August 2017

Where: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Organizer: Nuffic Neso Vietnam

Website: https://www.nesovietnam.org/


23-25 Aug 2017 – World Food Summit 2017

The purpose of the global movement “Better Food for More People” and the annual World Food Summit 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 23-25 is to unleash the full potential of gastronomy in order to create worldwide solid solutions that ensure better food for more people.

The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014 and is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045. The amount of information about food is huge and difficult to get right, 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food, more than 244 million people lived outside their country of origin and more than 40% of food waste in industrialized countries occurs at retail and consumer levels.

The need for strong solutions across the world is calling for action among the worlds politicians, decision makers, experts, professionals, chefs, scientist and CEO’s.

Better Food for More People and the annual World Food Summit in Copenhagen are framing that action to evolve and take place. Together with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which involve all nations, the aim is to push forward the agenda on sustainable development within production and consumption of food and essentially healthy lives in the global society.

Focus will be on the following themes: Gastronomy as a tool; Prevention of Food Waste; Food Diversity; Safer Food; and Better Information.

Event Info

Event: World Food Summit 2017

When: 23-25 August 2017

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

Organizer: Danish Government

Website: http://bfmp.dk/