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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

Developing training materials to improve postharvest practices

Target Country: Honduras and Guatemala

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey K. Brecht, University of Florida


Project Description

Knowledge of postharvest handling practices necessary to satisfy market requirements is a serious constraint that limits the success of small producers of horticultural crops to participate in the value chain at various levels. Improving the ability of smallholder farmers to produce horticultural crops with the required levels of quality and safety for markets will support the Feed the Future strategy for Honduras and Guatemala by improving growers' income and increasing available nutrient-rich foods. In this project we will develop training materials that both tell and show users the what, why and how of postharvest handling practices that are necessary in order to ensure the quality and safety required to successfully market fresh horticultural crops in markets at different levels. In addition, the training materials will be designed so that they can be easily incorporated into postharvest curricula at higher education institutions in Horticulture CRSP host countries.

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