Skip navigation

Counting losses to cut losses: quantifying legume postharvest losses to help achieve food and nutrition security

Counting losses to cut losses: quantifying legume postharvest losses to help achieve food and nutrition security

Stathers, Tanya ORCID: 0000-0002-7767-6186, Ognakossan, Kukom Edoh, Priebe, Jan, Mvumi, Brighton M. and Tran, Bruno M.D. (2018) Counting losses to cut losses: quantifying legume postharvest losses to help achieve food and nutrition security. In: 12th International Working Conference on Stored Product Protection (IWCSPP) in Berlin, Germany, October 7-11, 2018. Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany, pp. 8-18. ISBN 978-3955470654 ISSN 1868-9892 (Print), 2199-921X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.5073/jka.2018.463.004)

[img]
Preview
PDF (Publisher's PDF - Open Access)
24062 STATHERS_Counting_Losses_to_Cut_Losses_(OA)_2018.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike.

Download (247kB) | Preview

Abstract

Projections suggest that by 2050 global food production will need to have increased by 70% to meet food demands associated with the world’s population growth. Such forecasts, alongside growing awareness of the socio-ecological costs of food loss, and political ramifications of food crises have seen postharvest loss (PHL) reduction reappearing as a development priority. Particularly so in sub-Saharan Africa, a region deemed highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, where 307 million people are already affected by severe food insecurity, and the population is projected to double by 2050. Targets for reduced PHL are emphasised in the African Union’s Malabo Declaration and Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. However, crop postharvest systems are complex and losses occur in various ways at different activity stages and due to a host of diverse reasons. To better target and prioritise loss reduction investments and policies we need to understand how much food is being lost postharvest, where, and why. The African Postharvest Losses Information Systems (APHLIS), brought a rigorous knowledge management approach to cereal PHLs. We are now expanding this to include key legume and other crops and estimates of the nutritional and financial values of these losses. The scientific literature was screened to build profiles of the PHLs occurring along the value chains, and combined with contextual information, to provide science-based estimates of PHLs where direct measurements are not available. We discuss these legume PHL profiles and the related opportunities and knowledge gaps.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 12th International Working Conference on Stored Product Protection (IWCSPP) in Berlin, Germany, October 7-11, 2018
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legume crops, postharvest losses, PHL metrics, loss estimates, African Postharvest Loss Information System (APHLIS)
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
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Postharvest Science and Technology Research Group
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 13:47
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24062

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics