Food losses in the Iranian potato sector: Identification mission

Auke Schripsema, Ben Meijer

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An important objective of the Iranian agricultural policy is to improve the productivity of the food supply chains and to safeguard food security1. Addressing the issue of postharvest losses will contribute to achieving these objectives. The application of existing agro logistic knowledge and technology should lead to improvements in the value chain. In view of the importance of the potato production in Iran and the availability of Dutch outstanding expertise in the field of potato production, processing and agro-logistics, Wageningen University and Research and The Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands have started a project to identify the practical possibilities for improving productivity and quality in the Iranian potato production chain by using existing knowledge and modern, up to date technology. This project will start with mapping the Iranian potato sector and getting insight in the amount of food losses from farm to fork. In doing so, opportunities for improvements related to food losses, and thereby potentially food security as well, will be identified. These opportunities will be discussed with Iranian authorities, partners of the Dutch and Iranian private sector, and research institutes. This report presents the mapping of the Iranian potato sector, which is a result of a first mission to Iran. It is the intentions of the authors that this first missions will lead to both new and more effective collaborations between Iranian and Dutch partners resulting in increased food security.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Food & Biobased Research
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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NameWageningen Food & Biobased Research report

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