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Postharvest Extension and Capacity Building for the Developing World

ISBN 9781138069282
Published December 11, 2018 by CRC Press
226 Pages

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Book Description

It is estimated that around 1.3 billion tons per year of food produced for human consumption, which is about one-third of all food produced, is either lost or wasted globally. Reduction of the postharvest losses is being considered as one of the sustainable ways to ensure world food security.

Postharvest Extension and Capacity Building for the Developing World provides information on postharvest extension/outreach programs, capacity building, and practical methodologies for postharvest extension professionals and food science teachers, food processing trainers, and outreach specialists who work in the field.

The book provides information on training of postharvest trainers, food loss assessment methods, capacity building in universities and agro-industry, distance education methods, models for cost effective postharvest/food processing extension work, success stories, and lessons learned from past projects and programs.

The book is divided into four sections. Section I explains postharvest loss assessments methods, Section II is on capacity building, and Sections III and IV focus on training and postharvest extension models. Food loss assessment methodologies are highlighted from several high-profile institutions and it is envisioned that researchers and postharvest extension personnel will benefit from the development and field testing of a hybrid methodology, incorporating the strengths and utilizing the best practices from each of the methodologies in current use. Chapters cover postharvest extension work and capacity building in a wide range of regions.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1 Current status of food loss assessment measurements and methodologies

Lisa Kitinoja

2 Capacity building in postharvest loss assessment, postharvest training and innovations for reducing losses: Challenges and opportunities in the Caribbean

Majeed Mohammed and Lisa Kitinoja

3 Commodity Systems Assessment Methodology (CSAM): History and current status

Karol Alpizar Ugalde


4 Postharvest education, training and capacity building (2010-2017): A critical review

Lisa Kitinoja and Vijay Yadav Tokala

5 Enhancing postharvest capacity in national extension systems and advisory services

Lisa Kitinoja and Jorge M. Fonseca

6 The World Food Preservation Center LLC

Charles L. Wilson

7 Reducing postharvest loss and waste in fruits and vegetables: Amity’s Initiatives

Sunil Saran and Neeru Dubey

8 Training women on reducing postharvest losses of fresh fruits and vegetables in Egypt

Saneya Mohamed Ali El Neshawy

9 Investing in postharvest and food processing training, equipment and value addition for reducing food losses in Tanzania

Bertha Mjawa


10 Global Postharvest E-learning Programs via The Postharvest Education Foundation

Deirdre Holcroft and Devon Zagory

11 Creation of postharvest and food processing videos for extension of postharvest technologies

Diane M. Barrett

12 Scientific Animation Without Borders: Addressing Educational Gaps in Postharvest Loss

Julia Bello-Bravo, Anne Namatsi Lutomia, and Barry R. Pittendrigh

13 Development, Demonstration and Utility of Stored Grain Saving Technologies: A case study in India

S. Mohan


14 ADMI Village: The research in action

Alex Winter-Nelson, Mindy Spencer, Sarah Schwartz and Ashley Nagele

15 Lessons Learned from a Postharvest Training and Services Center in Arusha, Tanzania.

Ngoni Nenguwo, Roseline Marealle, and Radegunda Kessy

16 Farmer Advisory Services in Tajikistan (FAST): Agriculture Extension Program to Prevent Postharvest Losses and Improve Nutrition

Lola Gaparova and Andrea B. Bohn

17 Punjab Horticultural Postharvest Technology Centre: Building and strengthening linkages between postharvest professionals and emerging horticulture sector in India

B.V.C. Mahajan

18 Monitoring and Evaluation practices for improving postharvest extension projects

Lisa Kitinoja and Devon Zagory

19 Summary and Conclusions

Majeed Mohammed and Vijay T. Yadav

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Majeed Mohammed is a Professor of Postharvest Physiology at the University of the West Indies (UWI), where he has taught for the past 30 years. After completion of his BSc in Agriculture from the UWI in 1977, he obtained his MSc and PhD in Postharvest Physiology at the University of Guelph (1984) and UWI (1992). He is currently a Board Director with the Postharvest Education Foundation as well as a member of the United Nations/Food and Agriculture Organization Panel of Experts from Latin America and the Caribbean on the Prevention and Reduction of Food Losses and Waste.

Vijay Yadav Tokala is serving on the board of directors for the Postharvest Education Foundation, AQ 1 a non-profit organization committed to reducing global postharvest losses and food waste by organizing and managing postharvest e-learning programs and training activities for the participants from more than 25 different nations. He has worked as Horticulture Officer in the government of Andhra Pradesh (India) with the roles of field consultant and extension officer, with the main job objective of enhancing quality horticulture production and encouraging farmers towards safe postharvest handling and processing in both rural and urban areas.

He is pursuing a PhD in postharvest horticulture at Curtin University, Western Australia, and studying the effect of novel ethylene antagonists to increase the storage life of fruits in different storage environments. He won the prestigious International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)-2016 and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to pursue a PhD. His undergraduate studies specialized in horticulture and he was a college topper at Dr. Y. S. R. Horticultural University, India. His postgraduate research focused on fruit and vegetable processing and he was awarded a University Gold Medal for being a topper at S. K. Rajasthan Agricultural University, India.