The Postharvest Education Foundation (PEF), a non-profit organization, was founded in 2011 by Dr Lisa Kitinoja, to provide motivation, training and mentoring for young postharvest professionals around the world. As a volunteer for the Foundation, she currently works with a wide range of clientele including trainers in NGOs, horticulture companies, extension workers, research scientists, postharvest professionals and graduate students in Africa, South Asia, SE Asia and the Middle East.


Dr. Lisa Kitinoja (Founder)

Dr. Diane M. Barrett

Dr. Adel A. Kader
Dr. Devon Zagory

Ms Cathy Kitinoja

Mr. Patrick D. Brown

Dr. Symantha Holben

 Dr. Adel A. Kader, Dr. Diane M. Barrett, Dr. Lisa Kitinoja, Dr. Devon Zagory, Mr. Patrick D. Brown (March 2011)


Dr. Lisa Kitinoja (Treasurer)

Dr. Vijay Yadav Tokala (President) 

Dr. Diane M. Barrett (Secretary)

Dr. Deirdre Holcroft (Vice-President)

Mr. Guy Kodjogbe
Dr. Olubukola Odeyemi
Dr. Aditya Parmar


Dr Deirdre Holcroft Dr Vijay Yadav Tokala Mr. Edoh Ognakssan Kukom (Antonio) Mr Guy KodjogbeDr Olubukola Odeyemi 

Dr Aditya Parmar        
Other Past Board Members: Dr Majeed Mohammed, Dr Hala Chahine-Tsouvalakis, Lizanne Wheeler, Dr E.V.D. Sastry, Dr Md. Wasim Siddiqui, Ms. Bertha Mjawa, Mr. Edoh Ognakossan Kukom (Antonio).
 We thank all of our past and present board members, who continue to provide advice, support and mentoring.

Dr Lisa's CV and experience details can be found on the website; http://www.postharvestinnovations.com/

Dr LISA KITINOJA has been involved as a private consultant in international horticultural development work since the 1980s and has been specializing in postharvest technology, food loss reduction and the extension of information on small-scale postharvest handling practices since 1992 as Principal Consultant of the firm Extension Systems International. She provides advice and technical assistance for several international projects in Rwanda, Uganda, and Ethiopia and participates in global policy development efforts undertaken by FAO (SAVE FOOD), IFPRI (Ceres2030), the Salzburg Global Seminar, CIRAD (Save and Grow book project) and WRI (Champions 12.3). She served as Senior Technical Advisor for WFLO, as the lead of the HORT CRSP pilot project in East Africa (2010-13). Also for WFLO, in 2009-10, she led a BMGF funded Appropriate Postharvest Technology planning project for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and in 2007-08, she designed and implemented a series of Cold Chain Management Workshops for USTDA in India.

In 2011, Dr Kitinoja founded the non-profit The Postharvest Education Foundation, whose purpose is to provide motivation, training and mentoring for young postharvest professionals around the world. As a volunteer for the Foundation, she currently works with a wide range of clientele including trainers in NGOs, horticulture companies, extension workers, research scientists, postharvest professionals and graduate students in Africa, South Asia, SE Asia, and the Middle East.


Dr DIANE M. BARRETT is a retired Cooperative Extension Specialist of the UC Davis Department of Food Science & Technology. At U.C. Davis, Diane conducted extension educational courses for the fruit and vegetable processing industry and carried out applied research. She was the lead PI of a USAID-funded HORT CRSP pilot project for the development of a Postharvest Training and Services Center in East Africa (2010-13). Extension courses include the Advanced Process Technologies Course, Better Process Control School, Freezing Technology Workshop, Juice Processing Course, Tomato Processing School, Fresh-Cut Products Workshop and Aseptic Processing & Packaging Workshop. Her research focuses on the effects of raw materials and processing conditions on the quality of fruit and vegetable products. Dr Barrett is particularly interested in the relationship between endogenous enzymes and the colour, texture, taste, aroma and nutritional quality of fruits and vegetables. She currently directs the Center for Advanced Processing & Packaging. When she is not harvesting tomatoes or processing fruit, Diane enjoys swimming, kayaking and travelling with her family.

Dr DEIRDRE HOLCROFT has a PhD in Postharvest Physiology from the University of California, Davis, and a B.Sc. Agric. and M.Sc. Agric. degrees from the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Born and raised on a farm in Zimbabwe, she has worked in academia and industry. Her academic experience includes ten years as a lecturer, researcher, and professor at the universities of KwaZulu Natal, Stellenbosch and Michigan State. Her ten years of industry experience include a Product Development Scientist for Dole Fresh Vegetables and a Senior Researcher and Site Manager for AgroFresh (Rohm and Haas/Dow Chemical Company). Deirdre formed Holcroft Postharvest Consulting, Inc. based in Davis, CA, in 2011. HPC specializes in postharvest biology and technology of fruits, vegetables, fresh-cut produce, and ornamentals. The company's mission is to provide the most cost-effective technology to monitor and improve the quality and shelf-life of perishable commodities, based on state-of-the-art scientific research.

Deirdre has authored some fifty scientific and technical articles and presented countless papers to academic and industry audiences. Her experience includes applied and basic research, product development, and technical and educational consulting. Her projects have included launching fresh-cut fruit for Dole Fresh Vegetables, adopting 1-MCP technology for new crops, assessing and perfecting new delivery systems for agricultural chemicals, sanitisers and growth regulators, and optimizing postharvest handling for the shipment of perishable commodities by surface rather than airfreight. In her work, she has interacted with personnel from the plant floor to the company president, and from growers to the retailer.

Dr VIJAY YADAV TOKALA did his graduation with Horticulture as a specialization from Dr Y.S.R. Horticultural University, Andhra Pradesh (India) with the highest grade point in the college and conducted his postgraduate research on fruit and vegetable processing and was University Gold Medalist at S.K. Rajasthan Agricultural University, Rajasthan (India). He was awarded the 2016-International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to pursue his PhD in Postharvest Horticulture at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Vijay works with horticulture production and postharvest issues in different climatic zones and also possesses good research experience at the laboratory and field levels. Presently he is working as Technical Consultnat in Ernst and Young LLP. Earlier he has also worked as an Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Horticulture Science and Research (AIHSR), Amity University, India (2019-2021); as Horticulture Officer in the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India (2013-2015). He actively participated in postharvest training programs and workshops and is also an alumnus of The Postharvest Education Foundation’s e-learning program (2012).

GUY KODJOGBE is an Agricultural Engineer with a specialization in Horticulture and Plant protection. He worked on traditional dried vegetable safety in Benin and Togo at International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Benin. He developed solutions to agriculture, postharvest and food safety issues to train and advise the stakeholders. He was a fruit and vegetables postharvest specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)in Benin from 2007 to 2010. Guy worked on 2 projects focusing on postharvest losses assessment and Commodity System Assessment Method (CSAM) studies in Benin, Ghana, and Togo. He completed the PEF Master Training of Trainer program in 2012. He trained and performed several assignments with World Food Logistics and Organization (WFLO) in the USA, from 2012 to 2017 on postharvest training programs and Commodity System Assessment Method (CSAM) studies in Benin and Guinea for fruits and vegetable crops. He was awarded the Bill Hudson global fund small grant program at Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) in the USA in 2015. With this grant, he built the first Zero Energy Cooling Chamber (ZECC) in Benin and trained 30 GIZ extension agents for the nutrition program in Togo in 2016. He performed a CSAM study and trained 45 extension agents in Postharvest Training and Trainers program at Burkina Faso for Agribusiness Associates (ABA) in the USA, from 2017 to 2018. He was also involved in the assignments and trained people in data processing of household studies in Benin, Djibouti, Senegal and Turkey from 2008 to 2015 with UNICEF, CERTI, Benin (“Cabinet d’Etudes de Recherches et de Traitements Informatiques”) and CRAD (“Centre de Recherche et d’Appui-Conseils pour le Développement").

Dr OLUBUKOLA ODEYEMI is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Horticulture, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria. She holds a B.Sc in Agriculture (Abeokuta), M.Sc (by Research) Sustainable Agriculture (Coventry University, UK) and PhD Horticulture (Abeokuta). She has over 18 years of industry and academic experience. She was the Quality Assurance Supervisor at Mr Biggs a subsidiary of United Africa Company of Nigeria (UACN) and Head of the Postharvest unit at the Ogun State Cassava Revolution Programme. Presently, she is actively involved in teaching, research, and extension services centred around postharvest science and technology. Her recent research focuses on cold chain management, use of edible coatings, producing a quality assessment and minimal processing of horticultural produce. Olubukola has publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and proceedings from several conferences. She won the Ogun State Government Scholarship for Masters’ Degree Study in the United Kingdom under the Ogun State Human Capital Development Programme in 2005, A.G. Leventis (Egba) Scholarship Scheme for Doctorate Degree in 2009/2010 and Kader Award in 2015. An alumnus of the Postharvest Education Foundation (2013), she actively participated in the 2020 UC Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops short course organized by UC Davis in California, USA, and also participated in several other postharvest training programs and workshops held in several countries. She consulted for Agribusiness-Associates Inc (World Bank Group Project), Global Chain Alliance for World Food Logistic Organization (WFLO), ABT for Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA project with support from Rockefeller Foundation), Global Cold chain Alliance for World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) and GIZ towards reducing postharvest loss along the value chain of some selected crops. Outside her busy work schedule, she enjoys crocheting and travelling


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