According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 40 percent of food losses occur at the post-harvest and processing levels. There is need to reduce post-harvest losses to feed the growing planet. In an effort to alleviate post-harvest losses, the World Food Preservation Education Foundation has issued an urgent need for scholarship funds to support students from developing countries to pursue MSc and PhD degrees to help reduce post-harvest crop loss.
The non-profit public charity has identified more than 100 qualified students and scientists in developing nations who are familiar with the causes of post-harvest food losses and motivated to reduce them. There is a significant post-harvest “skill gap” and “technology gap” globally, especially when attempting to reduce post-harvest losses in developing countries.
Contributions to scholarships for aspiring students and scientists from developing countries will provide a post-harvest education in the latest technologies for the post-harvest preservation of food. Additionally, students will conduct much-needed research on new post-harvest technologies.
Graduates are expected to return to their countries after completing their studies to establish independent and sustainable programs in research, education, and extension post-harvest. This specialized approach aims to be more long-term and sustainable than other programs that are dependent on outside experts from first-world nations.