Small-scale Postharvest Handling Technologies Short Course/Study Tour 25-29 August 2014 in Bali, Indonesia
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Dr. Lisa Kitinoja, The Postharvest Education Foundation, USA
Dr. I. Made Utama, Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia
The Postharvest Education Foundation offers global postharvest e-learning programs, training materials and participatory workshops on appropriate postharvest technologies for participants in more than 15 developing countries. In association with Udayana University, we are launching a new program “Small-Scale Postharvest Horticultural Technologies Short Course/ Study Tour” in August 2014 to be offered for up to 45 participants in Bali, Indonesia.
As a major global tourist destination, the demand in Bali for a large variety of fresh produce has developed following the country of origins of tourists and their eating habits. The varieties of fresh produce demanded by hotels and restaurants have increased since 1970s, and now more than 100 types of fresh produce include vegetables (leafy vegetables, fruity vegetables, tubers, roots, shoots, immature flowers) and herbs. Cut flowers are also increasing in demand especially for hotels and restaurants. The small scale farmers in Bali have to be creative, innovative, efficient and effective in production and postharvest handling in order to meet the dynamic demands of the markets; otherwise they will be pushed out of the local markets by large scale enterprises from outside of Bali, and especially those competitors coming in from overseas. To strengthen the competitiveness of small scale fresh produce farmers in the highland production area of Bedugul, Udayana University has been implementing the Value Chain Partnership Program under the long term project HI-Link to help farmers and intermediaries to create higher value markets via an efficient and effective value chains system.
Program Title: Small-Scale Postharvest Horticultural Technologies Short Course/Study Tour
Site: Udayana University, Bali
Duration: 5 days of training, demonstrations, local tours
Maximum number of participants: 45
Registration Fee: US$1000 per person (The registration deadline is June 25, 2014)
Participants are responsible for their own travel to Bali, meals and lodging expenses in Sanur-Denpasar and Bedugul hotels during the program. (Hotels stays on August 25 -26 in Bedugul (approximately $75/night, and on August 27-29 in Sanur/Denpasar at the Bali Hyatt, approximately $120/night).
Purpose and target audience: Short course topics and activities include many practices and management approaches for reducing food losses experienced by small-scale farmers, value chain actors, agri-business marketers. This program is aimed at the learning needs of international horticultural workers, extension agents, NGO staff, private sector consultants and public sector decision makers, horticultural researchers and others involved in horticultural value chain development and management.
Host: Udayana University, Bali
Sponsors: The Postharvest Education Foundation (PEF) and Udayana University
Instructors: Program leaders plus invited regional and international experts and practitioners
Training package based upon instructor experiences and the publications: Small-scale Postharvest Handling Practices: A Manual for Horticultural Crops, cost/benefit analyses generated during BMGF Appropriate Postharvest Technologies Project and Hort CRSP postharvest projects, Energy Options for Horticulture manual.
Training Agenda and Topics:
Introduction to appropriate scale postharvest technologies
Harvest practices, maturity and quality / Curing practices
Packinghouse operations / Packing and packaging materials
Postharvest pest management
Temperature and relative humidity control / Energy efficiency
Storage practices / Transport practices
Small-scale food processing / Food safety issues and practices
Value chain development for horticultural crops
Costs and benefits of appropriate scale postharvest technologies
Examples of Postharvest Demonstrations:
Maturity indices / Postharvest tools for quality assessment
Effects of improved packages on shelf life and quality
Effects of cooling on shelf life and quality / Low cost cooling methods
Self-built storage structures for the farm and marketplace / Solar drying methods
Visits to Bedugul farms / Visits to small-scale packhouses and field packing operations
Postharvest training center / CoolBot™ equipped cold room
Postharvest lab visits on campus
Bali Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (Sayan-Ubud) / Slow Food -Bali
Cultural sites in Bali
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You can pay the full fee of US $1000 for your registration, or pay 1/2 now and 1/2 by June 30. If you would like to pay later but have us to hold place for you, please select Pre-register ($20 fee):
For more information, please contact:
Dr. I Made S. Utama
Director, Center for Research and Development on Horticultural Crops (CREDHOC), Udayana University
Professor in Postharvest Physiology and Technology of Horticultural Crops, Dept. of Agric. Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Udayana University
Dr. Lisa Kitinoja
Postharvest Training Specialist
President and Founder, The Postharvest Education Foundation
PO Box 38, La Pine, Oregon 97739 USA
Website homepage: www.postharvest.org