Post-harvest Innovations

Problem statement:

Commonly, post-harvest technology is performed in a one-dimensional chain approach. Most value adding steps in those processing chains are performed in agro-industry. By-products along the processing chain are mostly seen as waste and dumped, which causes environmental problems.


  1. Improving the efficiency of biomass value webs by;
  • Utilizing all parts of a crop
  • Introducing potential uses for processed products
  • Reducing labor, transportation costs
  • Generating maximum returns for the rural population
    1. Developing small-scale postharvest processes and introducing to the farmers

Research questions:

  1. Reduce losses and better use the by-products
  2. Improve quality of main and by-products
  3. Reduce labor and energy input
  4. Introduce further knots into the biomass webs
  5. Integrate in the rural environment


  1. Systematic matrix screening of existing and future pathways
  2. Determination of physical/chemical properties of biomass fractions
  3. Multifunctional use of cassava, maize and coffee biomass
  4. Evaluation of conversion methods like pyrolysis, hydrothermal carbonization and fermentation
  5. Combination of fundamental and applied research

Countries of field research:


Involved partners:

  • Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Dr. Anastasiya Shtaltovna (ZEFa) WP 7.1
  • Prof. Ulrich Schurr, Dr. Fabio Fiorani, Dr. Tobias Wojciechowski (Forschungszentrum Jülich) WP 4.1


  • Dr. Sajid Latif
    Senior Researcher
    University of Hohenheim
    Agricultural Engineering in the Tropics and Subtropics (440e)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Müller
    University of Hohenheim (UHOH)
  • Dr. Araya Asfaw
    Senior Researcher
    Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre (HoA-REC)
  • Dr. Abass Adebayo
    Senior Researcher
    International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • Dr. W. B. Asiru, Dr. O.B Oluwole, Dr. Agnes Asagbra (FIIRO)
  • Kiatkamjon Intani
    Junior Researcher
    University of Hohenheim (UHOH)
    Agricultural Engineering in the Tropics and Subtropics (440e)
  • Bilhate L. Chala
    Junior Researcher
    University of Hohenheim (UHOH)