International Course on: Lost Harvest and Wasted Food


14 September -25 September, 2015, Wageningen, The Netherlands


Large contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in parts of our societies there is a shortage of food, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is thrown away only because it is beyond its sell-by date. Optimizing the ‘farm to fork’ chain can contribute significantly to food security.

Estimates indicate that 30% to 40% of the food produced globally is lost postharvest or wasted because it is never consumed. This is neither a sustainable use of the world’s resources nor will it help to feed the 9 billion people expected in 2050. Complete utilization of food may remain science fiction, but there are many possibilities for a drastic reduction of losses. A conducive policy environment, and actively involved public services and private sector are prerequisites to reduce the amount of ‘missing’ food.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • understand the link between primary production, post-harvest management, the supply chain and food security;
  • be familiar with alternative uses of food waste;
  • have insight into the public and private responsibilities in the supply chain for post-harvest handling and food waste management;
  • be able to design solutions for minimizing the amount of ‘missing food’, from smallholders to multinational retailers.

Target audience

The basic prerequisite for participation in the course is active interest and professional experience in this field. Participants should be proficient in English, and have at least a BSc degree or an equivalent academic qualification.


Interested candidates can apply at the website of Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR for admission to the training.

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  1. Dear Tokura,
    I visited your site and saw your posts. I advocate for famers unhindered access to market. I want to partner with your agency in building capacity for young Nigerian farmers. I am an expert in the field of and supply chain.

    Nwauwa L.O.E.
    Dept. of Agric. Econs. U.I. Ibadan

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