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Post-harvest handling practices and associated food losses and limitations in the sweetpotato value chain of southern Ethiopia

Post-harvest handling practices and associated food losses and limitations in the sweetpotato value chain of southern Ethiopia

Parmar, Aditya, Hensel, Oliver and Sturm, Barbara (2017) Post-harvest handling practices and associated food losses and limitations in the sweetpotato value chain of southern Ethiopia. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 80. pp. 65-74. ISSN 1573-5214 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2016.12.002)

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Abstract

Household food insecurity is a chronic problem in Ethiopia; the situation is being exacerbated by high population growth rates and recurring droughts in the country. The interest to address post-harvest value chain (VC) constraints leading to food losses has increased significantly to provide adequate nutrition to the growing population. In this study, mapping of sweetpotato VC not only quantifies the degree of losses but establish links between distinct VC constraints and respective food losses and limitations. Harvest and handling at farm level and shelf life issues at distribution were identified as vulnerable hot-spots of the sweetpotato food losses. Apart from physical and biological factors, demand and supply mismatch during the main harvest season at the wet markets leads to food (up to 25%) and economic losses (33–75%) followed by deficiencies in the lean season. A multi-stakeholder cooperation is required to mitigate food losses, which can have a high impact on the nutritional and financial status of the producers, market operators, and the consumers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethiopia, Food losses, Mechanical damages, Sweetpotato, Value chain
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 10:12
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19364

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