10-14 July 2017 – ICAAT 2017

The Inaugural International Congress on African Agribusiness & Trade at Rutgers University (ICAAT) will bring together African agricultural and political leaders with bilateral and multilateral institutions, overseas development organizations, US agribusiness, agricultural investors, technical and policy experts, and African civil society representatives.

The event will highlight the importance of aligning with international strategic frameworks that address environmental protection, poverty alleviation, gender rights, tenure rights, sustainable economic growth and more. Investors, African governments and entrepreneurs will learn how alignment with these goals can generate greater opportunities for collaboration, increased access to funding and the development of sustainable, successful and transformative agricultural practices.

There will also be a special focus on improving African agricultural education and training and on transforming smallholder farmer subsistence agriculture into agribusiness.

Please download the ICAAT flyer.

Event Info

Event: ICAAT 2017 – The Inaugural International Congress for African Agribusiness & Trade

When: 10-14 July 2017

Where: New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Organizer: Rutgers University

Website: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/ICAAT/


02 July 2017 – Making Sustainable Agriculture a future for youth in Africa

Considering the key role of agricultural development for structural transformation in Africa, the aim of the Ministerial Conference is to build up political engagement ahead of the Africa EU Summit, on a common vision on how to generate sustainable, inclusive jobs for African youth in the agri-food sector and rural economy.

Parallel thematic sessions will focus on: increasing responsible private investment in the agri-food sector in Africa; research innovation and the role of digitalisation in agriculture; sustainable water management; climate-smart agriculture and food losses and waste.

The outcome of the ministerial Conference will be reported to the 5th Africa-EU Summit in November 2017 and will guide future work of both the European Commission and the African Union Commission in this area. The meeting is following the ‘AU-EU: Investing in a Food Secure Future’ Conference, held in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in July 2016.

The event is co-hosted by the African Union Commission, the European Commission and the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council.

The meeting will be closed with a cocktail reception

This event will be preceded by a high-level Investors Forum on July 1, 2017 among business leaders and financing institutions regarding the instruments available to increase financing of investment in agriculture. (by invitation only)

The pre-registration form is available here [registration code: AUEU4agri]


Event Info

Event: Making Sustainable Agriculture a future for youth in Africa

When: 02 July 2017

Where: Rome, Italy

Organizer: African Union Commission, the European Commission and the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council

Website: https://www.agri.ee/en/making-sustainable-agriculture-a-future-for-youth-in-africa


29 June 2017 – From food waste to food profit

Network meeting “From food waste to food profit”, organized by Wageningen Academy, the MVO Network Food & Agribusiness and the IMVO Network Chemistry (in Dutch).
In samenwerking met Wageningen Academy organiseren het MVO Netwerk Food & Agribusiness en het IMVO Netwerk Chemie de netwerkbijeenkomst van food waste naar food profit.

Want hoe voorkom je voedselverspilling? En waar dat niet kan, wat doe je met grondstoffen die overblijven? Waar liggen kansen en hoe vertaal je die naar een rendabel business model? Laat je inspireren door voorbeelden van succesvolle start-ups en gevestigde bedrijven en ga in gesprek met diverse experts over jouw uitdaging.

Voor wie?

Aan de bijeenkomst in de Verspillingsfabriek in Veghel nemen ondernemers, strategen, marketeers, business developers, MVO- en innovatiemanagers van kleine en grote bedrijven uit de Food & Agribusiness en de chemiesector deel. Direct aanmelden? Dat kan via het inschrijfformulier.


13.00    Ontvangst met koffie/thee

13.30    Introductie door Gerard Teuling, sectormanager Food & Agribusiness, MVO Nederland

13.40    Keynote presentatie: “Vechten tegen verspilling van voedsel & talent” door Bob Hutten, directeur De Verspillingsfabriek

14.10    Quickscan Food Waste Live; verdien jij al met je reststromen? Door Toine Timmermans, Wageningen UR, Food & Biobased. Na een korte inleiding vul je live de quickscan in. Je krijgt inzicht in jouw business case. Wat zijn de kansen en hoe haalbaar zijn ze?

14.40    Meet the experts! Toets jouw ideeën uit de quickscan direct bij ons panel met praktijkdeskundigen

  • Bob Hutten, directeur van De Verspillingsfabriek
  • Toine Timmermans, Program Manager Sustainable Food Chains, Wageningen UR
  • Mark van Boxtel, Adviseur Reststromen & Accountmanager bij Kwaliflex Food & Beverage Recycling
  • Agnieszka van Batavia, Duurzaamheidsadviseur en Sales Executive bij The LCA Centre & BSCI Coördinator bij PACOMBI GROUP
  • Johan van Groenestijn, Senior Scientist bij TNO

15.00    Pauze

15.25    Pitches – opschaling gezocht voor inspirerende initiatieven. O.l.v. Pieter Goudswaard, business developer, MVO Nederland. Drie ondernemers vertellen hoe zij waarde creëren met reststromen. Na elke pitch is het publiek aan het woord. Welke kansen zie jij? Waar en hoe kan jij bijdragen aan vergroting van het succes van het initiatief? Het panel reflecteert op de kansen voor opschaling.

16.25    One-minute-of-fame o.l.v. Astrid Kühlkamp, Wageningen Academy. De zaal zit vol met experts en pioniers, dus pak je kans en pitch jouw idee of initiatief voor een Futureproof Agrifood- en chemiesector in één minuut. Het panel geeft feedback en het publiek stemt voor de beste pitch. Mis deze kans niet en meld je voor 15 mei aan bij Gerard Teuling (max. 5 pitches)!

16.35     Afsluiting en netwerkborrel

17.30     Einde programma

Event Info

Event: Network meeting From food waste to food profit

When: 29 June 2017

Where: Veghel, the Netherlands

Organizer: Wageningen Academy, the MVO Network Food & Agribusiness and the IMVO Network Chemistry

Website: http://mvonederland.nl/event/netwerkbijeenkomst-van-food-waste-naar-food-profit


20-22 June 2017 – MACS-G20 initiative on Food Losses & Waste Reduction

Radical reduction of food losses and waste (FLW) is a crucial issue to ensure global food security and to use the available resources in the best manner possible. Not for nothing United Nations identified FLW reduction as Goal 12.3 of Sustainable Development Goals.

Hence at MACS Meeting 2015 in Izmir (Turkey) the G20 States decided to place emphasis on FLW. Germany was charged with developing relevant activities. First step was the establishment of an appropriate web-portal with information about current research activities, latest innovations and available scientific expertise.

But only collecting and documenting information isn’t enough. In fact G20 States should unite their strong potentials and make significant contribution to real progress. So as next step a joint MACS initiative is scheduled pooling promising research findings, innovative technological and logistical solutions, successful campaigns etc. concerning FLW reduction. Goal is to organize “touchable” progress.

As announced at MACS Meeting 2016 in Xi’an (China), this perennial process starts with a workshop of interested MACS partners in June 2017 in Berlin. Furthermore Thünen Institute will recruit a coordinator to manage and promote the MACS initiative on FLW over the next four years.

Event Info

Event: Workshop “MACS-G20 initiative on Food Losses & Waste Reduction” When: 20-22 June 2017

Where: Berlin, Germany

Organizer: MACS

Website: https://www.macs-g20-flw-workshop.de/


18 & 19 May 2017 – REFRESH Food Waste 2017

On 18-19 May 2017 in Berlin, REFRESH Food Waste 2017 will bring together diverse stakeholder groups working on food waste from across Europe.

REFRESH Food Waste 2017, the multi-stakeholder conference connecting champions of food waste prevention, reduction, and valorisation, will take place 18-19 May 2017. The main day on 18 May will include presentations, discussions and interactive sessions with REFRESH researchers, networking sessions, presentation of the REFRESH Food Waste Solution Contest winners, as well as a public food waste event together with REFRESH partner Feedback. The Conference will feature an Innovators’ Fair, where food waste innovators can present their projects and insights with a poster or stand. You can download the draft conference programme below.

REFRESH will also collaborate with the Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network to bring food waste innovators and experts together in an Incubator Day for food waste projects on 19 May 2017 as part of the conference.

The event will be held at the Umweltforum in Berlin, an innovative and sustainable event space.

Event Info

Event: REFRESH Food Waste 2017

When: 18 & 19 May 2017

Where: Berlin, Germany

Organizer: Ecologic Institute

Website: http://eu-refresh.org/conference2017


29 Apr 2017 – World Disco Soup Day

Slow Food Youth Network is organizing the first World Disco Soup Day on April 29, 2017 to fight food waste! The Slow Food Youth Network calls for attention and action to stop global food waste, by organizing one of the most well known projects of the Slow Food Youth Network: Disco Soup. 

While parts of the world population suffer from hunger, one third of the food intended for human consumption is being thrown away every year. 1.3 billion of tons of food is being fed to bins. At the same time, according to FAO, there is only enough food produced to supply the world’s growing population until 2050. It’s clear the world faces a huge challenge .

On April 29, the Slow Food Youth Network calls for attention and action to stop global food waste, by organizing one of the most well known projects of the network: Disco Soup. A Disco Soup is a way of collecting a lot of foodwaste and making something really good out of it with a lot of people and having a lot of fun in the process. This time the problem of food waste is not only addressed on local/regional scale, this time it is global!

The Slow Food Youth Network invites everyone worldwide to start their own Disco Soup-event on April 29. Join the network and fill bellies instead of bins!

Event Info

Event: World Disco Soup Day 2017

When: 29 April 2017

Where: Worldwide

Organizer: Slow Food Youth Network

Website: http://www.slowfoodyouthnetwork.org/blog/world-disco-soup-day-2017/#.WQBQOdLyjIU


06 Apr 2017 – East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017

The East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 (EAPTC-2017) aims to identify scalable post-harvest technologies in East Africa for dissemination. The EAPTC-2017 will select top 50 scalable technologies from successful entries and offer them accelerated training on scaling up and pitching.

The East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 will take place on April 6, 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. Twenty five outstanding participants will be given an opportunity to showcase and pitch to potential partners (development partners, donors, Governments, farmers/traders associations and investors) in a special session during the upcoming East Africa Postharvest Technologies Fair set for May 2017.

The exhibition will be organized by the Inter Region Economic Network in conjunction with its partners-The East Africa Trade Investment Hub and Syngenta. The EAPTC-2017 seeks to identify postharvest innovations and technologies that demonstrate potential for scale up and offer practical solutions to challenges of postharvest food loss and waste across agricultural value chains in the region.


The EAPTC-2017 Competition will be conducted in the following phases:

  • Applications will be received via the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition Website and close on February 20, 2017;
  • A selection panel will convene to select 50 participants to take part in the EATPTC-2017 Competition. They will be notified by March 9, 2017.
  • The participants will take part in training on how to scale up and pitch to potential partners (Development partners, donors, Governments, farmers/traders associations and investors) to be held on April 4 – 5, 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • The East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 will take place on April 6, 2017 in Arusha.
  • 25 top participants will be selected to participate in the East Africa Postharvest Technologies Fair to be held in May 9 – 10, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The top three participants will be entitled to a seed award totaling USD 30,000.


Event Info

Event: East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 (EAPTC-2017)

When: 6 April 2017

Where: Arusha, Tanzania

Organizer: Young Innovators in Agribusiness

Website: https://younginnovatorsinagribusiness.com/post-harvest-2017/


28-31 Mar 2017 – All Africa Post Harvest Congress

The World Food Preservation Center® LLC (WFPC) in conjunction with its sister University (University of Nairobi) and a consortium of Universities and Research & Development Institutions in Africa are organizing the First Africa-wide Postharvest Loss Reduction Conference and Exhibition. The conference whose theme is “Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for Africa” is the first of its kind to be held in Africa.

The conference will provide an excellent platform for researchers, academics, farmers, industry, development agencies, civil society and policy makers to learn, share information, build networks and partnerships with the overall objective of identifying effective interventions to reduce FLW on the continent. The specific objectives of the conference are:

  1. To raise awareness on food losses and waste through data and information sharing.
  2. To document the impact of postharvest food loss and waste on food and nutrition in Africa.
  3. To identify and disseminate effective and appropriate technologies and practices for FLW reduction in the African context.
  4. To identify postharvest “Skill Gaps” and “Technology Gaps” in Africa’s higher education and extension systems
  5. To identify effective multi-stakeholder strategies and policy interventions for FLW reduction
  6. To provide a platform for participants to build networks and partnerships for resource mobilization and other activities geared towards FLW reduction
  7. To generate a comprehensive action plan for the reduction of food loss and waste for the African continent

Visit the website for more information.


Apply now! Deadline for the Inaugural All Africa Postharvest Technologies and Innovations Challenge moved to February 24, 2017

The Organizers of the 1stAll Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition, comprising of Global stakeholders in the Postharvest sector and other partners, are announcing the All Africa Postharvest Technologies and Innovations Challenge, 2017. The aim of the challenge is to document and showcase the best emerging postharvest technologies and innovations with potential for scale-up. Additionally, the challenge seeks to establish and strengthen linkages between innovators and potential investors to facilitate up-scaling and out-scaling of their innovations with the ultimate goal of reducing postharvest food losses. The call is open to individuals and institutions from or working in Africa. The technologies/innovations should either be at Testing or Market-ready stages.


Event Info

Event: 1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress & Exhibition

When: 28-31 March 2017

Where: Nairobi, Kenya

Organizer: World Food Preservation Center® LLC (WFPC) in conjunction with its sister University (University of Nairobi)

Website: http://africa-postharvestconference.uonbi.ac.ke/


22-23 Mar 2017 – Regional conference Vietnam

The Postharvest Network will present a preliminary study on reducing food losses in local food supply chains during a regional conference in Vietnam. The conference is linked to the Dutch agro mission to Vietnam led by Marjolijn Sonnema, Director General Agro & Nature of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Please read the news item on the outcome of the Regional Conference. 

Event Info

Event: Regional conference Vitnam, linked to Dutch agro mission

When: 22-23 March 2017

Where: Vietnam

Organizer: Dutch Government

Website: -


6 Mar 2017 – Workshop Postharvest Losses in Benin & Nigeria

The Postharvest Network was commissoned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) to organize a workshop on opportunities in the agro-logistics value chain in Benin and Nigeria for the Dutch private sector. Companies active in a similar value chain (e.g. cooling, processing, transport & logistics) or interested in either of the two countries, are most welcome to join the workshop! The event is organized in cooperation with the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) and takes place at the New World Campus in The Hague.

This workshop has been commissioned by RVO as a follow-up to an extensive study carried out by Buck Consultants International in 2015 into agro-logistics in Benin and Nigeria. The workshop is envisaged to be a first step towards a larger private sector initiative in both countries with an integral value chain approach.
The goal is to find out how Dutch technology, expertise and solutions can be implemented through projects focused on capacity building, cold chain investments, small-scale pilot projects for added value, and investment opportunities.
The workshop will focus ontrade from Benin and Nigeria in fruit and vegetable. The North-west of Nigeria is the hinterland of the port in Cotonou, and the country as a whole is a large (potential) export market for Beninese  farmers. However, substantial food losses have led to reduced food security, reduced competitiveness of the farmers and high crop prices.

For companies with interest or experience in Benin/Nigeria or engaged in any of the above-mentioned activities, this workshop will certainly be relevant. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if interested in taking part. Register directly on the NABC website, or contact Anitra van der Kraan for more information and/or questions.


Event Info

Event: Workshop on Postharvest Losses in Nigeria & Benin

When: 6 March 2017

Where: New World Campus, The Hague

Organizer: Postharvest Network, NABC, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Website: https://www.nabc.nl/services/events/291/nigeria-benin-workshop-on-post-harvest-losses