KD-2016-009 Analyse Post Harvest (BO-20-007-435)

  • van Gogh, Bart (Project Leader)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


The Ministry of Economic Affairs has requested Wageningen University and Research to draft a paper on the role and contribution of postharvest management to resolve issues on food security, food safety, economic profit and climate footprint. The purpose of this paper is to provide a substantive context to  government policy on postharvest management.

In recent years the theme postharvest management has gained increased attention on a global scale from public and private parties. In general this attention can be explained by the need and ambition to improve global food security and to mitigate negative effects from food production on global warming. Several international initiatives and agendas, such as FAOs Save Food Initiative, UN Champions 12.3, put effort in the lowering of losses in the food supply chain. Previous research has shown that food chains in developing countries incur most of the food losses in the part of the chain after the harvest until the consumer. Not seldom there are multiple causes for these losses (knowledge, technology, information management) while having different effects on food security, food safety, profitability, climate and environment.

In the research experts from Wageningen research Food & Biobased Research (WFBR), Wageningen Economic Research (WEcR) and Rikilt work together to bring together the available knowledge on this theme and to present it in a knowledge paper. With this paper Wageningen University & Research aims to give substance to the Dutch policy on this subject and to connect it to the Dutch knowledge position.

Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/17