Dr. Lisa Kitinoja, The Postharvest Education Foundation, USA
Dr. Diane Barrett, University of California, Davis, USA
The Postharvest Education Foundation offers global postharvest e-learning programs, training materials and participatory workshops on appropriate postharvest technologies for participants in more than 15 developing countries. In association with our local partners, we are launching a new program “Small-Scale Postharvest Horticultural Technologies Short Course/ Study Tour” in February 2015 to be offered for up to 45 participants in Arusha, Northern Tanzania.
As a major global tourist destination, the demand in Northern Tanzania for a large variety of fresh produce has developed following the country of origins of tourists and their eating habits. The varieties of fresh produce demanded by tourist lodges, mountain climbers, hotels and restaurants have increased since 1990s, and now many types of fresh produce are produced in the region, and include vegetables (leafy vegetables, fruit vegetables, tubers, root crops, shoots, immature flowers), fruits and herbs. Cut flowers are also increasing in demand especially for hotels and restaurants. The small scale farmers in Northern Tanzania have to be creative and innovative in their postharvest handling in order to meet the changing demands of the markets, including organic vegetables and processed food products. To strengthen the competitiveness of small scale fresh produce farmers in the region, a Postharvest Training and Services Center has been established in Arusha to help farmers and intermediaries to create higher value markets via reducing losses, adding value and creating efficient and effective value chains.
Program Title: Small-Scale Postharvest Horticultural Technologies Short Course/Study Tour
Site: Arusha, Tanzania
Duration: 5 days of training, demonstrations, local tours
Maximum number of participants: 45
Registration Fee: US$1000 per person (The registration deadline is Jan 15, 2015)
Participants are responsible for their own travel to Arusha, meals and lodging expenses in local hotels during the program.
Purpose and target audience: Short course topics and activities include many practices and management approaches for reducing food losses experienced by small-scale farmers, value chain actors, agri-business marketers. This program is aimed at the learning needs of international horticultural workers, extension agents, NGO staff, private sector consultants and public sector decision makers, horticultural researchers and others involved in horticultural value chain development and management.
Sponsors: The Postharvest Education Foundation (PEF)
Instructors: Program leaders plus invited regional and international experts and practitioners. Invited speakers: Lizanne Wheeler (Sonora Pacific, USA), Jacqueline Mkindi (TAHA, the Tanzania Hort Association) and Ngoni Nenguwo (AVRDC - East and South Africa Region).
Learning package based upon instructor experiences and the publications: Small-scale Postharvest Handling Practices: A Manual for Horticultural Crops, cost/benefit analyses generated during BMGF Appropriate Postharvest Technologies Project and Hort CRSP postharvest projects, Energy Options for Horticulture manual.
Learning Agenda and Topics:
Introduction to appropriate scale postharvest technologies
Identifying postharvest training mission/goals/objectives
Harvest practices, maturity and quality / Curing practices
Packinghouse operations / Packing and packaging materials
Postharvest pest management
Temperature and relative humidity control / Energy efficiency
Storage practices / Transport practices
Small-scale food processing / Food safety issues and practices
Value chain development for horticultural crops
Costs and benefits of appropriate scale postharvest technologies
Examples of Postharvest Demonstrations:
Maturity indices / Postharvest tools for quality assessment
Effects of improved packages on shelf life and quality
Effects of cooling on shelf life and quality / Low cost cooling methods
Self-built storage structures for the farm and marketplace / Solar drying methods
Visits to farms / Visits to small-scale packhouses and field packing operations
Postharvest training and services center at AVRDC / CoolBot™ equipped cold room
Postharvest demonstration site visits