Stock-receiving attendant Mfundo Skosana moves crates of tomatoes out of the storage facilities for transportation at Encabeni Fresh Produce Market in Manzini, Swaziland.
Photo: © FAO/Believe Nyakudjara


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Despite all efforts in the past, the problem of food losses is still relevant. The DLG has published a factsheet to better manage post-harvest losses. This paper provides best practices in operating storage systems and a check-list for individual use.

In the context of the upcoming trade fair AgroTech Ethiopia, which takes place in Addis Ababa from 9- 11 May 2019, the DLG has published a factsheet on post-harvest technologies.

Post-harvest technologies are to be presented in a special exhibition area of AgroTech Ethiopia. To provide interested visitors with information, the Competence Center Agriculture of the German Agriculture Society (DLG), in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has developed a paper that points out some relevant technical and management measures to reduce food losses especially in developing countries.

Food losses are still a major concern for farmers, wholesalers, merchants, food processors, transporters and consumers. Everybody plays a role, be it in preventing food loss or in suffering from them. Indeed, this is not a new phenomenon, and many initiatives have been started towards reducing these losses in order to provide more food for human consumption without using any additional acreage, increase food security, save disposal costs, make farming more profitable and consequently more attractive to young people as well as help create more jobs at various levels (technicians, trade, processing).

A range of technological options and management tools are available to help individuals.

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