Developing International Connections and Consensus to Reduce Postharvest Loss

Chelsea Peterson

Abstract


The ADM Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign held the First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention in Rome, Italy to bring together various researchers and people from organizations around the world to network and provide insight into methods of reducing postharvest loss (PHL) globally. PHL presents a significant threat to food security now and in the future because of the tremendous amount of food lost along with the time and inputs lost with it. The other goal of the Congress was to reach a consensus on key areas along the food supply chain that organizations should focus on in order to significantly reduce PHL. The participants at the Congress agreed on emphasizing proven technologies by connecting smallholders to the private sector and implementing them on a large scale in a sustainable manner. Solutions are sustainable when they are implemented in a regional context that accommodates to the needs of all members of the community, especially women, when education and training allows members of the community to maintain them, and when they have a minimal environmental impact.

Keywords


Postharvest loss, Congress, gender, scaling-up, sustainable

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