The Postharvest Network participated in the Dutch National Food Summit in The Hague on January 26, 2017. During the Food Summit four Dutch Ministers and 150 CEO’s of Dutch companies in the agro-food sector discussed how the Netherlands can contribute to enough, safe, healthy and sustainable food and can keep its global leading position in production, quality and knowledge.
The Food Summit was an initiative of the Minister for Agriculture, the State Secretary for Health, Welfare & Sport, the Minister for European Affairs & International Cooperation and the State Secretary for Infrastructure & the Environment. More than 150 top executives of the Dutch agro and food industry came together to discuss the Dutch food policy of the future. Furthermore, social organizations and knowledge institutes presented their vision in order to accelerate the transition to a safer, healthier and more sustainable food system.
Nina Waldhauer of the Postharvest Network gave a presentation focusing on the national action programme aiming at reducing food waste and food losses.
She explained how the Postharvest Network operates as a community of companies, knowledge institutes, NGOs and government organizations with expertise and experience in postharvest supply chain management. The aim is to reduce postharvest food losses and enhance food security in developing and emerging countries by stimulating Dutch stakeholders in co-operation with local governments, experts and companies to provide their experience and expertise on a mutual benefit basis. To finalize, she gave two clear examples of Postharvest Network projects, in India and Vietnam.