Postharvest E-Learning Programs
2016 E-learning Program 
Deadline to apply was December 31, 2015
APPLICATION FORM (for information only)
Our PEF Global postharvest e-learning programs have been operating for 5 full years now, and have been a grand success. We hear on a regular basis from our 110 graduates and our many top performers, as they report on their new awards, grants, scholarships, and local training activities. Quite a few PEF trained "postharvest specialists" are working as private consultants while others have jobs as postharvest researchers, extension officers or in the private sector as postharvest trainers and educators.
Our e-learning graduates report in each November, and all told their postharvest training events, training of trainers and outreach efforts over the past 4 years have allowed us to reach nearly 120,000 small farmers, horticultural crops handlers and extension officers in Africa and South Asia (approximately 30,000 people each year in 25 countries have received postharvest training). As a group PEF graduate e-learners have strong expertise in identifying the causes and sources of food losses, using innovative postharvest technologies to reduce losses (via PICS bags, solar drying, ZECC cool storage, value addition via processing, food fortification, improved packaging, etc) and developing training programs for smallholder farmers, traders, processors and marketers.
Food Tank interviewed Dr. Lisa Kitinoja in June 2014:
Green is Good radio interview in August 2014:
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Our 2015 Global E-Learning Program: Closing workshop in Jimma, Ethiopia (January 2016)
The postharvest training program was launched in January 2015 by The Postharvest Education Foundation and has 45 young horticultural professionals currently working in 25 developing countries enrolled over a period of 12 months during 2015.

Training activities included a wide assortment of reading, e-learning and fieldwork assignments to be undertaken by each trainee in their home country.  Participants can choose the crops they are most interested in, and focus on the technologies of most suitable for their region. A registration fee of $600 was charged for the 2015 training program, with a 50% discount available for those located in less developed countries. PEF will supply all the required training materials and provided participants with weekly online interactive sessions, feedback and mentoring.  Priority will be given to those trainees who have the approval or permission of their supervisor, and it should be understood prior to applying that no financial compensation will be provided for the trainee's time away from work.  

Those trainees who successfully complete all ten e-learning assignments and submit four written reports will receive a Postharvest Training of Trainers Certificate of Completion and a Postharvest Tool Kit valued at over US$400.  Successful trainees will be invited to travel at their own expense to work with our PEF team during January 2016 for a week-long workshop on implementing training programs for small-scale horticultural farmers at one of many new Postharvest Training and Services Centers.  The top three participants in this year’s program (as evaluated and selected by the training team and PEF board of directors) will be awarded a PEF travel grant valued at up to $1500 to cover their travel expenses. 
Agenda: 2015 E-learning AGENDA
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 (Announcements sent via email each November, applications will be accepted until December 31, 
and the Global program will begin in January)  
Commodity Systems Assessment Methodology
CSAM is a method we use for training of trainers, in which an e-learner or workshop participant collect data on the causes and sources of postharvest losses and quality problems.  Each trainee chooses a crop of interest for their home country, and spends several weeks doing a literature review, interviewing farmers, traders and marketers, and summarizing the findings across 25 components along the value chain from the farm to the market.  
The CSAM manual (La Gra, 1990) is available online for free download from the UN FAO inPho website.
PEF White Paper No. 13-02 (October 2013)
Gathering Data to Address Postharvest Loss Challenges: Commodity Systems Assessment Methodology. White Paper No. 13-02. La Pine, Oregon USA: The Postharvest Education Foundation. 8pp
PAST E-Learning programs
JUNE-DECEMBER 2013: Costs and Benefits of Small Scale Postharvest Technology
Most of the key training materials are available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
English reading skills are recommended for participation in online discussions and for enhancing interactions among all the participants in the program.
Focus of the program: Calculating local costs and expected benefits of using improved postharvest practices, methods and equipment, and communicating with farmers, traders and marketers regarding how a recommended technology will lead to improved profits.  being able to provide accurate information on costs and benefits is a powerful tool for influencing people's decisions on whether to try new practices, make investments and adopt new technologies.
Registration fee: $US 100
The program is self-directed over 7 months, and includes a series of reading assignments and written reports to be submitted via email.  E-learners completing the program will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the program leader and granted by the PEF Board of Directors.
Registration closed on on July 30, 2013. 

PEF 2013 Global Postharvest E-learning Program. JANUARY 2013 - FEBRUARY 2014:

This postharvest "training of trainers" program was launched in January 2013 by The Postharvest Education Foundation for 25 young horticultural professionals who are currently working in developing countries over a period of months during 2013-14.  
Training Activities: Ten assignments in postharvest horticulture. These will include reading assignments, gaining familiarity with reference works, website resources, postharvest loss assessments, quality evaluation, Commodity systems assessment, small-scale postharvest handling practices, cost/benefit analysis, and a variety of homework and fieldwork assignments to be conducted in your local area. 
Registration fees were US$600, with discounts available for those in developing countries.  Each training completing the program will receive a postharvest tool kit valued at $400 and a certificate of completion.
Registration: This program is closed for new registrations.
2012 E-learning programs

The Postharvest Education Foundation and Amity University in Noida (near New Delhi, India). We and our colleagues at Amity University offered postharvest technology training via two Postharvest E-learning Programs during 2012 for young horticultural professionals.  

The South Asia 2012 Postharvest E-Learning Program was open to qualified applicants from India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh and the Global 2012 Postharvest E-Learning Program was open to applicants from any country in the developing world. Deadlines for applications was January 1, 2012.
 Feb 10-14, 2013: Our top 8 Global e-learners gathered in Arusha, Tanzania for a closing workshop.
August 6-8, 2013: Our top 12 South Asia e-learners gathered in Noida, India for a closing workshop.
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