Food losses

A major step forward in reducing food loss and waste is critical to achieving the SDGs underlines the FAO in the 2019 edition of its annual State of Food and Agriculture report. The report provides new estimates of food…

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Food losses

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…

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Food losses

More than 30 years ago, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) started a post-harvest programme in Central America named “Postcosecha”. The significant impact that was still evident long after the project…

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Food losses

In the 1980s and ’90s post-harvest protection featured prominently in international cooperation, but subsequently the emphasis placed on it diminished. The debate on rising food prices and the use of limited resources…

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Food losses

The network of actors working on the reduction of post-harvest losses is complex and not easy to understand at first glance. This article attempts to give an orientation on who the actors are, how they are interconnected…

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Food losses

Climate change will continue to exert its influence not only on crop production, but also on the increasingly valuable harvest. This article shares highlights from the author’s recent review of post-harvest agriculture…

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Food losses

In order to evaluate losses in the value chains of maize and cassava, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) conducted two surveys in 2012/2013. They comprise (1) an estimate of losses in terms of…

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Food losses

Post-harvest loss reduction raises food availability without increasing the use of land, water and agricultural inputs. This article refers to the case of grain to show the hurdles that farmers have to clear in taking…

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Food losses

Milk is crucial to the population of North Somalia, both as food and in creating income. But unhygienic transport and storage conditions are resulting in a loss of quality and hence losses in market value. A project…

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Food losses

Up to 40 per cent of households in cities in developing countries grow vegetables in urban gardens for food and income. These valuable crops grown in small spaces contribute to the nutritional quality of diets; the…

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