Postharvest practices

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After harvest, fruits and vegetables need to be handled with care to maintain freshness, nutrient content, taste and quality. Postharvest practices, including handling, transportation, temperature control, is critical to reducing postharvest losses of fresh produce and in maintaining quality to earn higher prices at market.

Project

Reducing postharvest losses in Rwanda

Led by Gurbinder S. Gill,

In 2014, the Rwandan National Horticulture Strategy estimates that 1 million rural households in Rwanda grow horticultural commodities, "principally for home use and sale.

Rwanda

Building postharvest capacity in Tanzania

Led by Eleni Pliakoni,

Postharvest losses of fresh horticultural crops are a major challenge in Tanzania, with studies from Sokoine University of Agriculture estimating losses of fresh produce at 44-60 percent.

Tanzania

Establishing a horticulture center in Guinea

This project's goal is to introduce novel technologies that will improve production practices and reduce postharvest losses in Guinea. These technologies will be delivered through a market-driven and youth-led Horticulture Training and Services Center in Kindia, Guinea.
Guinea

Improving practices for dried apricots in Tajikistan

Led by Ariana Torres,

Apricots have the potential to be a high-value crop for smallholder farmers in Tajikistan as the climate, soil, and water in many parts of the country are favorable for apricot production.

Tajikistan

Opening a regional postharvest training center in Tanzania

Led by Diane Barrett,
A year of training for postharvest experts from Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Benin and Gabon culminates in the establishment of a model Postharvest and Training Services Center in Tanzania--which the new experts emulate in their home countries.
Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, Benin, Gabon

Developing a postharvest alternative to fungicide in Sri Lanka

Led by Robert Paull,

This project brings together two parallel research programs for collaboration — one in Sri Lanka using natural coating and herbal extracts and another in Hawaii to use natural epiphytic microorgani

Sri Lanka

Developing a concentrated solar dryer in Tanzania

Led by Diane Barrett,

Women carry out most production of horticultural crops in Tanzania and other developing countries. Harvest periods are short but less than 1% of the crop is processed for off-season consumption.

Tanzania

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