39th International Vegetable Training Course 21 - 25 November 2022

WorldVeg is pleased to announce that the 39th International Vegetable Training Course: Post-Harvest Management for Fruit and Vegetables will be held on 21 - 25 November 2022 at WorldVeg's Research & Training Station, Kamphaeng Saen, Thailand, after suspending 2 years. 

Background 

About 40-50% of fruit and vegetables produced in low­and middle-income countries are lost along the value chain. These losses make fruit and vegetables expensive to consumers, suppress profits for farmers and other value chain actors, and also harm the environment. Vegetables are highly perishable and require careful handling. Through this course, participants will learn about good postharvest practices to minimize losses, maintain quality, and increase profits. 

Who should attend? 

Early- and mid-career professionals working in agricultural research, development, and extension with an interest in enhancing their knowledge of postharvest management. The course is focused on Asia but participants from other regions are very welcome to join.

Course objective

The objective of the course is to provide participants with the knowledge and hands-on experience on good postharvest management of fresh fruit and vegetables. More specifically, it will inform participants about:

  • Introduction to postharvest and postharvest losses and biological change
  • Respiration, ethylene, humidity, ripening
  • Quality and standard controls
  • Packaging, package design, materials
  • Cooling and storage
  • Food processing and nutritional quality of fruits and vegetables
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Key bioactive compounds in fruit and vegetables and how to maximize the bioavailability of nutrients
  • Postharvest management to reduce contamination of fruit and vegetables with pathogens and pesticides
  • Success story: Post-harvest management of the Royal Project Foundation in Thailand
  • Practical examples from WorldVeg to reduce post­harvest losses in vegetables.
  • Excursion to wholesale market near Bangkok

Training method 

The course is taught by experts from Kasetsart University, Mahidol University (Institute of Nutrition), the Royal Project Foundation and World Vegetable Center. The language of instruction will be in English. The training methods will be a blend of classroom lectures, hands-on exercises and excursions. 

Accommodation 

Participants will be accommodated in the International Dormitory at Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen Campus. Rooms include air conditioning, refrigerator, TV, and Internet. 

Training fees 

Originally USD 1,950 including training fees, accommoda­tion, meals, local transportation, excursions, and local health insurance. The course organizers are unable to provide scholarships or offer discounts.

All APSA members are welcome to participate. WorldVeg offers a 20% discount on course tuition to all 2022 APSA-WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium members, and this benefit extends to all employees of a Consortium Company. Participants of the 2022 consortium members will be offered a USD 80 discount per person.

Application deadline: 31 August 2022

The maximum number of participants is 20. Registration operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payments must be received by 30 September 2022. The organizers will assist in the visa application process, but it is the applicant's responsibility to obtain a valid visa remains.

How to apply? 
Please fill out the registration form at: https://ivtc.avrdc.org
or send an Email to: ivtc@worldveg.org