Supply Chains for Farmer Crop Storage In Uganda

Dr. Jarrod Goentzel
Director MIT Humanitarian Response Lab
2 Dec 2015

Dr. Jarrod Goentzel gave the first seminar in the MISI Food and Agriculture Center of Expertise series of outreach events. The seminar was based on Jarrod’s project “Supply chains for small holder farmer crop storage in Uganda”. Jarrods presentation encompassed all aspects of the project ranging from the sponsorship from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to crop storage technologies with an emphasis on “Hermetic storage options”.



It is estimated that the majority of losses in food produced for human consumption, in terms of quantity and quality, occur during production, post-harvest handling, and storage (FAO 2013). The threat of loss forces farmers to sell crops soon after harvest for low prices, reducing their income, and degrades the quality of food consumed in the home. One solution to loss is the introduction of on-farm hermetic crop storage technologies. Despite successful pilot projects, post-harvest storage sectors in Africa remain relatively small compared to the other agricultural and post-harvest input sectors. Examining the supply chains of storage technologies, this study identifies barriers to the accessibility and affordability of hermetic on-farm storage technologies. This study introduces supply chain engineering methods to mitigate these barriers, and illustrates the role that international or non governmental organizations (I/NGOs) might play both in transitioning a donor-funded pilot program to a sustainable private sector effort, and in continuing to support that private sector effort with combinations of subsidies, risk-sharing agreements, and sales channel coordination.


A packed auditorium included MISI Industry guests, MSCM and PSCM students, faculty and staff and students from Malaysia Institute of Transportation (MITRANS) UiTM, who brought with them students from University of Turku, Finland, University of Ho Chin Minh, Vietnam, University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia, Thammasat University, Thailand.


Dr. Jarrod Goentzel
Director, MIT Humanitarian Response Lab

Jarrod Goentzel is founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and is a research lead for the MIT Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation sponsored by USAID. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems and decision support technology. Dr. Goentzel balances theoretical and applied work through active engagement with the private sector, government agencies, humanitarian, international development, and community organizations on several continents. He has over 20 years of experience designing supply chains and developing information technology solutions. Dr. Goentzel received a Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. in applied mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Tabor College with studies at the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary).