The Programme Steering Committee (Steerco) meets on a quarterly basis and governs the Programme by providing strategic guidance and performing an oversight role. Presently, the Steerco consists of representatives from the Department of Science and Innovation, 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 Subtropical Growers’ Association, the Pomegranate Association of South Africa, Cape Flora SA, the Kiwi Fruit Association of South Africa, South African Berries Producers’ Association, and the Tomato Producers’ Organisation.