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Establisment of "WFPC Postharvest Solutions Centers" for Small Holder Farmers in Developing Countries

Centers will provide advanced postharvest technology and knowledge to small holder farmers and provide jobs for unemployed youth.

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Our idea is to establish "WFPC Postharvest Solution Centers" in rural areas of developing countries that will be "owned" by graduates from "Sister" Universities of the World Food Preservation Center LLC. Such Centers will continue to be associated with the World Food Preservation Center and receive the support of a network of postharvest scientists around the world. It is anticipate that the owner of "WFPC Postharvest Solution Centers" will serve as excellent role models for farmers and young people in rural agricultural areas of developing countries and provide much needed employment for unemployed youth in the area.


The primary beneficiary of this initiative will be small holder farmers in developing countries


Initially this idea will be implemented in African countries that have universities that have joined the World Food Preservation Center LLC. These include Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Kenya. Universities in South Africa and Uganda will join us soon.


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I am Charles L. Wilson, Ph.D., Founder of the World Food Preservation Center LLC. During my 40+ years in academe and the USDA I had a number of young scientists from developing countries work in my laboratory and return to their native countries.

Because of a rapidly expanding world population and rapidly deteriorating agricultural environment the world's food supply is being critically challenged. It has been shown that even with our best production technologies we are going to fall far short of the food needed to  feed the world's ballooning population that is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Since we know now that 1/3 of the food that we already produce is lost between the time it is harvested and consumed it makes sense that we need to substantially reduce these postharvest food losses if we are to feed the world's population. Because of a poor cold chain and limited postharvest technologies developing countries suffer most from postharvest food losses that often run to over 50% of the harvested crop. 

When setting out to reduce postharvest food losses in developing countries we are faced with a postharvest  "Skill Gap" and "Technology" gap. This is the result of our underinvestment in food preservation (5%) as opposed to our investment (95%) in food production.

The World Food Preservation Center LLC was formed to fill these postharvest gaps as they occur in our higher education systems worldwide. The mission of the World Food Preservation Center LLC is to educate (M.S./Ph.D.) young students/scientists from developing countries in the latest postharvest technologies for the postharvest preservation of food and have them conduct research on much needed new technologies suited to their countries. The following is a link to one of the first graduates of this program.

The World Food Preservation Center LLC is presently comprised of seventeen major research universities and two major research institutes on six continents. GrainPro, Inc., a manufacturer of postharvest technologies for developing countries has partnered with us.

In order for the World Food Preservation Center LLC to impact on small holder farmers in developing countries it is proposing that its graduates receive business training along with their postharvest education. This will give graduates the option of establishing the "WFPC Postharvest Solutions Centers" that we are proposing as independent businesses. Owners of these Centers can serve as professional role models for famers a in rural agricultural areas and perhaps attract more youth to agriculture as a profession.

Professor Jane Ambuko who heads the World Food Preservation Center LLC at the University of Nairobi in Kenya is an excellent example of what highly educated postharvest scientists can accomplish with small holder farmers in developing countries.

The World Food Preservation Center LLC has a number of well-qualified young students/scientists in developing countries that would like to receive advanced postharvest educations and return to their countries to establish independent programs that will enhance the lives of small holder farmers as can be seen in the link below:

If the proposed establishment of "WFPC Postharvest Solutions Centers" is supported, these Centers would prove as models for the transfer of the latest postharvest technologies to small holder farmers in developing countries in a more sustainable way than many other programs that are dependent on the continual input of experts from the developed world.


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"WFPC Postharvest Solution Centers" providing the latest technologies and information on the postharvest preservation of food.


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Dear Mburu,

Thanks for your suggestion.

The World Food Preservation Center® LLC is working to close the postharvest “Skill Gap” and “Technology Gap” that exists in institutions of higher learning worldwide. These “Gaps” have resulted in our underinvestment of agricultural resources in the postharvest preservation of food (5%) as opposed to our investments in food production (95%).

The World Food Preservation Center® LLC is working hard to obtain scholarships for students in developing countries to attend “Sister” Universities of the WFPC and obtain postharvest M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Once these students return to their native counties they will be able to establish independent research, education, and extension postharvest programs or perhaps independent postharvest businesses.

We see our approach to reducing postharvest losses of food as more long-term and sustainable than other programs that are dependent on the continual input of experts from the develop world with uncertain budgets in order to be successful.

The World Food Preservation Center® LLC has also established the World Food Preservation Education Foundation to obtain scholarships for students to attend its “Sister” Universities.

Gustaf from Ghana below is graduating from our “Sister” University Jiangsu University in China as the first graduate from our program. Imagine the impact that an army of young scientists like Gustaf can have in developing countries on reducing postharvest food losses and diminishing world hunger. Postharvest programs established by graduates like Gustaf in Ghana will continue generationally through their students.

Best Wishes, Charlie Wilson

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