How We Got Started
Fanny Ipinge is a former Senior Agriculture Teacher, MSc International Horticulture and Postharvest Consultant graduate from Postharvest Education Foundation. In 2015 after graduating from on-line Global Postharvest technology training program organised by the Postharvest Education Foundation (PEF), the co-founder was awarded with a postharvest starter kit to venture into Postharvest Tool Kit business. This motivated the graduate to re-invest the knowledge and skills gained to establish a postharvest toolkit business in Botswana and The Netherlands.
In 2019 September the first 5 kits were sold to Tanzania while 3 tool kits delivered to Egypt and a kit to Bangladesh. In 2020 after experiencing high influx of shipping and delivery cost (customs duty cost) and restrictions rules during import and export of products during Corona crisis, PTKSF co-founder decided to supply tool kits at nominal cost. In order to mitigate climate change crisis, it cost great effort to face challenges of food production, eliminating food waste and food loss from farm to plate and at household level.
The Postharvest Tool Kit and Services Foundation (PTKSF) was founded in 2020 and registered at The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce as a non- profit organisation, with a purpose of reducing food waste in developing countries, while protecting nature and environment using sustainable postharvest management and innovation tools.
The Foundation emanate with from the Postharvest Tool Kit Services (PTKS) which was established in 2019 as a sole-proprietorship business supplying tool kits and dry cards to developing countries. PTKS emerges from Postharvest Education Foundation (PEF). The PEF has been operational since 2011 under the direction of Dr. Lisa Kitinoja, Founder of Postharvest Education Foundation. The aim of the PTKS foundation is to support the PEF, Feed the Future and Innovation Lab, World Food Preservation Centre and Agricultural Universities initiatives’ in reducing food and waste by 70% in developing countries.
The foundation consists of three additional Partners, Dr Lisa Kitinoja, Dr. Tokala and Dr K. Hulela who are partners of the PTKSF. Their support and contributions in running the Foundation has been tremendous.
To support postharvest professionals and small- scale farmers to combat food waste from 70 % to 20 % by 2030 in developing countries.
To supply easy to use postharvest tool kits at nominal cost, to promote sustainable postharvest innovations that adds value to the produce.