The Postharvest Education Foundation is involved in providing technical advice, mentoring and training activities for extension workers, change agents and small-scale farmers, traders and marketers, working with a variety of partners in support of the following projects:

PEF joined as the 'Friends of Champions 12.3', which include the organizations' working to achieve Target 12.3 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Champions 12.3 is a coalition of executives from governments, businesses, international organizations, research institutions, farmer groups, and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030. 


Revision of a manual on Commodity Systems Assessment Methodology with IICA
LaGra, J. Kitinoja, L. and K. Alpizar, (2016). Commodity Systems Assessment Methodology for Value Chain Problem and Project Identification: The first step in food loss reduction. Costa Rica: IICA.  
Design of an e-course for FAO, IFAD and WFP on Food Loss Analyses 
The course is available, free of charge, as a global public good, through the FAO e-learning Center in the “Nutrition and Food Systems” section:
A supporter of the World Food Preservation Center (WFPC)

Kenya: Sponsored World Food Preservation Center (WFPC) in conducting
First Africa-wide Postharvest Food Loss Prevention Conference (Nairobi, Kenya) – 28th to 31st March 2017.

2014 James Beard 1st Annual Good Food Org Guide: PEF is listed as one of the top organizations in Oregon, USA 


Ethiopia: Jimma University
Postharvest Management for Improved Livelihoods Project 

Nigeria: GAIN  @GAINalliance PLAN (Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition) Project http://www. 

Uganda: Boshoga Shining Light Association, Iganga
Postharvest training programs for Africa women and at-risk youth

Bhutan: Hazelnut Project
Technical advice on postharvest handling and solar drying for the national project

India: Amity University, Noida
Postharvest training of trainers programs for South Asia

Tanzania/Zambia: Hort CRSP African Ingenious Vegetables Project
Postharvest assessments, training materials and demonstrations with Rutgers University and Purdue University partners.

Ghana: Tamale Polytechnic
Postharvest horticulture/value chain development (extension manual)

East Africa/SSAfrica: Hort CRSP (now Hort Innovation Lab) Postharvest Training and Services Center/AVRDC (now WorldVeg Center)
Mentoring via for 44 trainees from Sub-Saharan Africa plus 100 additional young professionals from around the world

Postharvest training of trainers programs for Global Postharvest Extension

The Postharvest Education Foundation is involved in policy development, research studies and publication development on:

  • The use of the cold chain for promoting agricultural value chain development (UN FAO report 2011)
  • Promotion of Returnable Plastic Crates Systems for Developing Countries (White paper/case studies/desk study/ cost-benefit analyses)
  • Low-tech solar dryers (African field trials in Arusha, Tanzania)
  • Literature reviews for the World Bank on food loss in plant-based crops
  • World Resources Institute working paper on reducing global food losses; Global Protocol for measuring food loss and waste. 
  • Brookings Institution “Innovative Approaches to Food Loss and Waste Issues,” Frontier Issues Brief for the Brookings Institution’s Ending Rural Hunger project.

Please check our website and PEF Facebook page for upcoming programs and meetings. 

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97739 USA


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