Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste

Lost harvest and wasted food

Hybrid Event, 11/09/2017 - 22/09/2017

This course organized by the Centre for Development Innovation of Wageningen University and Research will look at ways to minimise losses, reduce food waste and explore alternative uses. Ultimately, reduction of losses contributes to food security.

During the course the crop supply chain will be critically analysed, and sustainable alternatives designed with special attention to harvest practices, storage, spoilage and food waste management. The role and responsibilities of the various stakeholders will be addressed.

The training approach is interactive with the use of a mixture of lectures, discussions, group work and field trips aimed to expose you, as far as possible, to all aspects of post-harvest and waste management. Meeting course colleagues from other countries, but with similar interests, leads to exchange of experiences and mutual learning. Participants’ case studies are the basis of the group work.


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 minimising the amount of ‘missing food’, from smallholders to multinational retailers.


More information available here.