Post-Harvest Loss and How It Can Be Reduced

Alex Brockamp

Abstract


Post Harvest Loss (PHL) is a worldwide problem that hurts both producers and consumers. Although PHL solutions are simple, they are not easy to implement. Because the causes of PHL are so varied and diverse, the solutions themselves must also be varied and diverse. A blanket solution will not work, and real changes will only happen when scientists, policy makers and community leaders come together. Educating producers and consumers alike will make a huge difference in reducing PHL. When PHL is reduced, less food will be wasted and the overall quality of life can be improved for people around the world.

Keywords


Post-harvest loss, food insecurity, education, international conference

Full Text:

PDF

References


Abalone R, Gaston A, Bartosik R, Cardoso L, Rodriguez J (2011) Gas concentration in the interstitial atmosphere of a wheat silo-bag. J Stored Prod. Res. 47, 268-275

Abayomi L, Pyrotis S, Rees D, Orchard J (2015) Effects of force on the development of dry bruise on strawberry fruit. 4-7 October 2015. The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention, Rome, Italy

Agarwal V, Dhingra R (2015) Post harvest losses transportation: Confront and win tomorrow today. 4-7 October 2015. The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention, Rome, Italy

Aulakh J, Regmi A (2013) Post-Harvest Food Losses Estimation-Development of Consistent Methodology Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/ess/documents/meetings_and_workshops/GS_SAC_2013/Improving_methods_for_estimating_post_harvest_losses/Final_PHLs_Estimation_6-13-13.pdf (accessed 27 October 2015)

Bonfour M (2015) Causes for post harvest loss in olive and olive oil production in High Atlas-Morroco. 4-7 October 2015. The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention, Rome, Italy

Coleman-Jensen A, Gregory C, Rabbitt M (2015) Food Security in the U.S. http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/measurement.aspx#insecurity (accessed 27 October 2015)

Compton JAF, Floyd S, Magrath PA, Addo S, Gbedevi SR, Agbo B, Bokor G, Amekupe S, Motey Z, Penni H, Kumi S (1998) Involving grain traders in determining the effect of post-harvest insect damage on the price of maize in African markets. Pages 483-489 In: Crop Protection 17(6)

Gundersen G, Waxman E (2015) Mapping food insecurity. 4-7 October 2015. The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention, Rome, Italy

Jones M (2012) Measuring the Value of African Smallholder Grain Protection Two Essays on Storage Economics and Market Valuation of Maize Attributes in Malawi. PhD Thesis, Purdue University

Lowenberg-DeBoer J, (2015) Cost-effective measurement of the economic value of post-harvest losses in Africa. 4-7 October 2015. The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention, Rome, Italy

Lucia MD, Assennato D (1994) Post-harvest operations and management of food grains http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0522e/t0522e04.htm (accessed 27 October 2015)

Somavat P, Huang H, Kumar S, Garg M, Danao MG, Singh V, Paulsen M, Rausch K (2015) Hermetic wheat storage for small holder farmers in India. 4-7 October 2015. The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention, Rome, Italy

Stathers T, Lamboll R, Mvumi B (2015) Addressing climate change impacts through postharvest loss reduction: building capacity for creating action at scale. 4-7 October 2015. The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention, Rome, Italy

Troeger K, Christinck A, Kaufmann B, Hensel O (2015) Re-thinking post-harvest losses in perishables: contextualizing losses with the example of pineapple in Uganda. 4-7 October 2015. The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention Rome, Italy

Villers P, Navarro S, Bruin TD (2010) New Applications of Hermetic Storage for Grain Storage and Transport. 15-19 October 2012. Proceedings of the 10th International Working Conference on Stored Products Protection, Antalya, Turkey


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2016 Alex Brockamp


Undergraduate research journals at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are supported by the Scholarly Commons and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

To learn more about undergraduate research activities and events on the University of Illinois campus, please visit: Undergraduate Research at Illinois.


 

University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignOpen Access