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Facing the food crisis: How African smallholders can reduce postharvest cereal losses by supplying better quality grain

Facing the food crisis: How African smallholders can reduce postharvest cereal losses by supplying better quality grain

Hodges, Rick J. and Stathers, Tanya E. (2013) Facing the food crisis: How African smallholders can reduce postharvest cereal losses by supplying better quality grain. Outlooks on Pest Management, 24 (5). pp. 217-221. ISSN 1743-1026 (Print), 1743-1034 (Online) (doi:10.1564/v24_oct_08)

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Abstract

In much of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) cereal grains such as maize, rice, sorghum and millet are the main food staples. While localised supply problems are a common occurrence, widespread food crises have been relatively rare. The food crisis initiated in 2006/2007 resulted in a change in development priorities, bringing an increased focus on agriculture and a renewed interest in the reduction of postharvest losses (PHLs) as a means of increasing food availability. In the case of smallholders, most cereals are stored by farming households after harvest until they are sold or consumed during the year, a key aspect of addressing postharvest losses is through encouraging smallholders to invest more of their resources in postharvest handling and storage to maintain the high quality of their cereals and reap the rewards of higher value markets. This article discusses the renewed interest in reducing postharvest cereal losses. It focuses particularly on recent developments in loss estimation and considers how grain quality improvement can contribute to loss reduction and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aphlis, cereal grains, food crisis, P4P, postharvest losses, postharvest technology, sub-saharan Africa, subsistence farming, training
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
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Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 09:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10381

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