About Us

Purdue’s Position

Purdue University is uniquely positioned to lead and to partner on projects to reduce postharvest losses (PHLs), enhance agricultural value chains, and improve nutrition because of its expertise and experience across the various segments of the value chain and relevant intervention areas.

Purdue’s Capabilities

Purdue University brings comprehensive expertise and experience to provide solutions for PHL reduction and value chain enhancement applied to a variety of agricultural commodities in both developing and developed countries.


Segments of Value Chain

Intervention Areas

  • Drying
  • Storage
  • Distribution and logistics
  • Processing
  • Nutrition
  • Markets (supply, demand, logistics, and linkages)
  • Technological Innovations
  • Training

Purdue’s Assets

  • Experience in building, leading and managing large international agricultural research and development projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
  • Extensive involvement and collaboration with USAID, USDA, Private Foundations, and other stakeholders on development projects in countries around the globe
  • Linkages with national and international agricultural research centers, universities, and businesses (especially strong because of alumni)
  • Experience and relationships with local implementing partners on the ground in developing countries
  • Strategic partnership with Catholic Relief Services (one of four university partners nationwide)
  • Strong postharvest loss linkages to U.S. international institutions
  • Access to extensive alumni network from raining programs delivered at Purdue

Relevant Purdue Units/Offices/Centers

  • Home departments of Purdue faculty and staff
  • International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA)
  • Global Engineering Program (GEP)
  • Center for Global Food Security
  • International Food Technology Center
  • Center for Food and Agriculture Business
  • Post-harvest Education and Research Center (PHERC)
  • Center for Production, Robotics, and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management (PRISM)
  • Burton Morgan Entrepreneurship Center

Major Past & Current Projects

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