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Post-Harvest Innovation Programme

The Post-Harvest Innovation (PHI) Programme, initiated in 2007, is a public-private partnership between the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) – through its Sector-Specific Innovation Fund – and the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum. The PHI Programme is directed at enhancing the global competitiveness of South African fresh horticultural industries through supporting and promoting post-harvest research and development (R&D) in high-priority areas. 


In this way, the Programme contributes to building critical mass, skills development and institutional capacity to support growth and innovation in the fresh horticultural industry. The Programme embraces a co-funding partnership with industry growers’ associations – responsible for identifying and addressing South African post-harvest R&D challenges.


The outcomes of R&D-supported projects to date are accessible at:

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