Post-harvest losses

Reducing food waste is essential if we are to continue feeding the growing global population. This page gives an overview of research being carried out at Wageningen UR into reducing food waste after the harvest.

In countries with average to high incomes, it is mainly consumers who throw away good food at home. But in regions with lower incomes, where the storage and distribution of produce is not efficiently organised, the greatest losses occur soon after the harvest. In addition to the obvious loss of food, post-harvest loss also means a waste of all the labour, raw materials and capital that went into the production process.

Wageningen UR is working on various projects aimed at reducing post-harvest losses:

  • In the EU project FUSIONS, Wageningen is working with 21 partners from 13 countries to ensure that natural resources are used more efficiently and to reduce food waste in the country-to-table chain. FUSIONS is a collection of more than 150 initiatives aimed at reducing food waste.
  • A lot of the fish caught in developing countries goes to waste because it cannot be processed properly or in time. In the EU project SecureFish, researchers from Wageningen UR are working alongside local companies in three fish chains in Africa, Asia and Latin America to find feasible solutions.

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