FORQLAB seminar on food waste and food quality

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May 22, 2024

11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Online & On location

Event by InHolland university and partners

The project partners of the FORQLAB research project (Food Waste Reduction and Food Quality Living Lab) will organise a final seminar of the FORQLAB project. If you want to join in person, send an email to

Preliminary programme:

o Welcome and project background

o Lessons learned about reduction of food losses in dairy and avocado value chains

o Value creation in a living lab model

o Way forward - Panel discussion

o Exhibition of photos and videos

o Closure – drinks

Background research project

With this project we would like to contribute to structural reduction of post-harvest food losses and food quality improvement in the Kenyan avocado and dairy value chains through the application of technical solutions and tools as well as improved coordination in those food chains.

The consortium has four types of partners: 1. Universities (2 Kenyan, 4 Dutch), 2. Private sector actors in those chains, 3. Organisations supporting those chains, and 4. Network partners. The applied research will be implemented in cooperation with all partners, whereby students at the partner universities will conduct most of the field studies and all other partners support and interact depending on the phases.

The FORQLAB project targets two areas in Kenya for both commodities, a relatively well-developed

chain in the central highlands and a less-develop chain in Western-Kenya. Seven cooperative societies have been involved (Githunguri Dairy Farmers in Kiambu, Kaptama and Kitinda Dairy Farmers in Bungoma; Nandi Avocado Farmers and Mt. Kenya, Mt Kenya East and Abothuguchi Avocado Farmers in Meru). The research methods are the business to business and multi-stakeholder (living lab) approaches to increase the potential for uptake of successful interventions in the chain.

The project consists of four phases: 1. Inventory and inception, 2. Applied research, 3. Spreading research outputs through living lab networks, 4. Translation of project output in curricula and trainings. The expected outcomes are: two knowledge exchange platforms (Living Labs) supported with some advice for sustainable food loss reduction, a research agenda, proposals for ICT and other tech solutions and an implementation strategy; communication and teaching materials for universities and TVETs; and knowledge transfer and uptake.

The project was started on 1 June 2022, and we are currently in the final phase (till 31 May 2024). We have organised several multi-stakeholder meetings around each participating cooperative, set research agendas cooperative, and trained cooperative staff. Moreover, master and bachelor students of Kenyan and Dutch universities have conducted food loss audits, applied research around food losses and food quality, business cases for different stakeholders, cooperative development assignments, etc. and documentaries and curriculum have been developed. In the final seminar, we will present project outcomes and learning points.

Contact persons

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Mehrab Marri

education assistent VHL

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Wim Goris

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