The Post-Harvest Innovation Programme is administered by the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum, with a dedicated Programme Manager responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Programme.
A Programme Management Committee (Manco), which represents the industry, academia and relevant Government Departments, meets on a quarterly basis and governs the Programme by providing strategic guidance and performing an oversight role. Presently, the Manco consists of representatives from the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Perishable Produce Export Control Board, the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum, scientists, and industry funding partners.
It is the mission of the PHI Programme to transform the global competitiveness of the South African fresh horticultural industry by funding research, development and innovation (RDI) efforts in high-priority areas in the postharvest leg of the value chain. In addition to providing a platform for RDI, the PHI Programme aims to build critical mass and institutional capacity to support innovation in the fresh horticultural industry.
The PHI Programme’s present funding partners are HORTGRO Science, Citrus Research International, the South African Table Grape Industry and the Subtropical Growers’ Association, as well as smaller and emerging industry representatives such as the Pomegranate Association of South Africa, Cape Flora SA, the Tomato Producers’ Organisation and the Ceres Onion Producers.