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


26 Jan 2017 – Dutch National Food Summit

The Postharvest Network participates in the National Food Summit. In this Food Summit four Dutch Ministers and 150 CEO’s of Dutch companies will discuss and commit themselves to an action programme aiming at (amongst others) reducing food waste and food losses.

The Dutch National Food Summit takes place in The Hague on January 26, 2017. Please find below some information in Dutch and visit the website for further details.

Hoe zorgen we voor genoeg voedsel? Hoe kan voedsel veilig, gezond en duurzaam zijn? En hoe blijft Nederland voorop lopen in productie, kwaliteit en kennis? Dat zijn belangrijke vragen van deze tijd.

De vragen staan centraal tijdens de Nationale Voedseltop op donderdag 26 januari 2017 in Den Haag. De top is een initiatief van staatssecretaris van Dam (Economische Zaken), minister Schippers (Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport), minister Ploumen (Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking) en staatssecretaris Dijksma (Infrastructuur en Milieu).


Event Info

Event: Dutch National Food Summit

When: 26 January 2017

Where: The Hague, the Netherlands

Organizer: Dutch Government

Website: http://www.voedselagenda.nl/voedseltop/


22 Nov 2016 – Seminar on agri-food chain in India

Over the last 6 years, a group of Dutch agro-food companies have been working together in a consortium by the name FoodTechHolland (FTH) to explore and innovate Indian agro-food value chains. During a seminar on November 22, the companies of FTH and Indian counterparts will share their experiences on doing business in India.

The seminar will be opened by Mr. Freek Vossenaar, head of the Agro Business Development Unit India of the ministry of Economic Affairs. The development of professional supply and cold chains is of crucial importance for the development of the agri-food sector in India. As such, the keynote speaker for the event is  Mr. Pawanexh Kohli, CEO and Chief Advisor of the National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD). He will present his latest research report on the capacity of the cold chain sector. The third speaker is Mr. Sumit Saran, head of international foods of Future Consumer Enterprise Limited  (part of Future Group) one of the largest retailers in India. He will  present on the Indian opportunity and the way to tap into it.

The event will take place in Zeist on Tuesday November 22, and start at 14:30. You can register through info@larive.com. More information on the program and event will then be shared with you by November 15. For further information please contact Linda Romijn through linda.romijn@larive.com or call (+31) 030 693 32 21.

Event Info

Event: Opportunities and challenges in agri-food chains in India: Lessons learned by FoodTechHolland

When: 22 November 2016

Where: Zeist, the Netherlands

Organizer: Larive International, project manager of FoodTechHolland

Website: http://www.foodtechholland.com/2012-05-22-14-54-47/211-seminar-india


4 Nov 2016 – Workshop The Future for Food Systems

Wageningen University & Research and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) co-organize the experts workshop ‘The Future for Food Systems’ . The workshop takes place on Friday November 4, 2016 at Hof van Wageningen, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

The aim of this workshop is to support systematic food systems research as an analytical and policy device. This implies that we search for a practical but comprehensive operational definition of Food Systems, based on a clear understanding of its internal and external dynamics (drivers, constraints, connections). In order to support the analytical purpose of food system, the workshop will identify some guiding principles for the interdisciplinary and interactive food systems analysis. Finally, we expect to derive some common insights regar­ding the effectiveness of policy instruments and incentives for healthier and sustainable diets.

Food systems innovations
The audience of the workshop consists of Dutch and international researchers involved in food system analysis, CGIAR partners, and policy makers, as well as participants from the private sector and civil society organizations that are involved in food system innovations.

The role of food system analysis
The one-day workshop is structured as follows. In the morning there are three invited keynote presentations that set the stage for food systems analysis. In the early afternoon, we organize open space workshops that provide opportunities to share practical examples of food systems research. Finally, we conclude with a plenary panel discussion with representatives from public and private sector to assess the role of food system analysis for policy and practice.

Global Food & Nutrition Security
The workshop is organized within the framework of the Wageningen University & Research strategic research program on Global Food & Nutrition Security (GF&NS) and marks the start of the Wageningen-led flagship ‘Food Systems for Healthier Diets’ that forms part of the CGIAR program Agriculture for Nutrition & Health (A4NH).

More information and Registration
Contribution and participation in this workshop is highly appreciated. For more information and registration (open till October 15, 2016) visit the workshop website.

Event Info

Event: Workshop The Future for Food Systems

When: 04 November 2016

Where: Wageningen, the Netherlands

Organizer: IFPRI and Wageningen UR

Website: http://www.wur.nl/nl/activiteit/IFPRI-Workshop-The-Future-for-Food-Systems-.htm


20 Oct 2016 – Side Event #44 CFS 43

Urbanization, growing world population and rising middle classes: (Mega) cities need more and  more supply of healthy fresh food. What role do FLW play in shaping efficient and sustainable urban  food systems?

During the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Plenary Session 43, the Postharvest Network is co-organizing a Side Event, entitled “Food losses and waste in the context of metropolitan food and nutrition security”.

This Side Event #44 takes place on 20 October 2016 from 13:00 till 14:30 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. It is co-organized by the Postharvest Network, Wageningen University & research, CCAFS, the Dutch Ministries of Economic and Foreign Affairs and FAO.

Background information
The growing world population, urbanization and growing middle classes will increase already existing challenges for metropolitan food and nutrition security. The supply of (mega) cities with healthy and fresh products needs robust and efficient supply chains in order to provide sufficient food in good quality and for affordable prices.

Surrounding rural areas will be key for supplying cities and strong urban-rural linkages are needed in order to come to solutions. The urban-rural transformation has a significant impact on this development.

Food losses and waste are a significant indicator of inefficient food systems and without interventions these will only increase leading to even more losses in social (food security), economic (loss of profit) and ecological (impact on resource use) respect.

Building further on recommendations from the HLPE report #8 ‘Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems’ and in cooperation with UNEP we will present an outline on what the future of metropolitan food and nutrition security could look like and which role the reduction of food losses and waste will play. The discussion will explore examples of good practices, possible interventions, monitoring tools, and the role of governmental players, private sector, knowledge institutions and civil society.

13.00 – Ms Nina Waldhauer, Project Manager Supply Chain Management, Wageningen University & Research.
Topic: The global challenge of metropolitan food security: How to translate into local solutions?

13.10 – Mr Guido Santini, Programme Coordinator – Food for the Cities Programme, Rural and urban crop and mechanization systems (AGPML), FAO.
Ms Camelia Bucatariu, Technical Officer (Food Waste), Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (SAVE FOOD), Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN), FAO
Topic: City Region Food Systems and Food Waste Management: Linking Urban and Rural Areas for Sustainable and Resilient Development.

13.20 – Ms Larissa Uwase, Chief Operations Officer & Co-founder, Carl Group Ltd.
Topic: The role of innovations in reducing food losses and wastes for sustainable urban food systems

Moderator: Mr Hans Hoogeveen, Netherlands Representative to the FAO

Interaction and discussion with the audience.

Download the flyer of the CFS 43 Side Event “Food losses and waste in the context of metropolitan food and nutrition security”.

Event Info

Event: Food losses and waste in the context of metropolitan food and nutrition security

When: 20 October 2016

Where: Rome, Italy

Organizer: Postharvest Network, Wageningen University & research, CCAFS, the Dutch Ministries of Economic and Foreign Affairs and FAO

Website: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/cfs/CFS43/CFS43_Side-Event-Guide.pdf