Reducing Post-Harvest Losses Working Group


Dr. Ken Marsh
United States


Dr. Theofania Tsironi


The goal of the Reducing Post-Harvest Losses Working Group is to identify technologies and procedures to reduce food loss and food waste around the globe, and to identify those technologies and procedures that are appropriate to be proposed for harmonized regulations.

Topics & Objectives

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations reported in 2011 that total food loss and waste worldwide is one-third of production, or 1.3 billion tons. Recovery of this amount of food could eliminate hunger on earth. In many cases, globally harmonized food safety regulations can play a key role in the adoption of technologies and procedures that will prevent food waste and loss while preserving the safety and wholesomeness of foods for consumers.

The Reducing Post-Harvest Losses WG plans to develop white papers and other science-based communications that:

  • Identify technologies and procedures that reduce post-harvest food loss and food waste
  • Identify current practices and existing legistation or regulations that promote food loss and waste
  • Identify technologies and procedures that are appropriate for regulation
  • Study those technologies and procedures to develop a consensus for recommending appropriate and globally harmonized regulations


Lucia Maria Jaeger de Carvalbo

Michele Marcotta

Ruth Oniang'o

Umezuruike (Linus) Opara, PhD
South Africa

Gokara A. Ravishankar, PhD

Denis Twinamatsiko

Purnendu C. Vasavada, PhD
United States

Dr. h.c. Huub Lelieveld
The Netherlands


Dates, times and locations to be announced.

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