postharvest small-scale horticulture study tour


Past programs:
Small-scale Postharvest Handling Technologies Short Course/Study Tour     25-29 August 2014 in Bali, Indonesia

This program was successfully completed in August 2014.  Check out the bottom of this page for a few photos of the participants and site visits.

Program leaders

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 and Bedugul hotels during the program. (Hotels stays on August 25-26 in Bedugul at the Bali Handara, approximately $75/night, and on August 27-29 in Sanur at the Mercure in Sanur, approximately $80/night).  

PROGRAM AGENDA (download) 

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


Learning 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.


Learning 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


 Group exercises on costs and benefits of making changes in postharvest practices
Farmers deliver their fresh produce to the city in assorted containers
     A few of our participants with their certificates of completion.