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Supporting smallholder farmers in developing countries to improve postharvest management of staple grains: the role of loss reduction technologies

Supporting smallholder farmers in developing countries to improve postharvest management of staple grains: the role of loss reduction technologies

Mvumi, Brighton M. and Stathers, Tanya ORCID: 0000-0002-7767-6186 (2020) Supporting smallholder farmers in developing countries to improve postharvest management of staple grains: the role of loss reduction technologies. In: Maier, Dirk E., (ed.) Advances in Postharvest Management of Cereals and Grains. Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science (88). Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 978-1786767691 (doi:https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0072.16)

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Abstract

Smallholder farmers constitute the bulk of staple grain producers in developing countries but there is inadequate support in the postharvest management (PHM) phase of the food supply chain. Several effective PHM technologies have been developed to tackle food grain losses. However, minimum impact has been realised mainly because the technologies have not been widely adopted for various reasons. This chapter analyses PHM practices, available technologies and delivery models, and examines factors causing non- or poor adoption of the technologies in developing countries. Missing parts of the PHM jigsaw puzzle are identified and possible practical solutions offered. The chapter proposes strategies to support smallholders in building sustainable and robust PHM interventions to enhance technology uptake for effective reduction of postharvest loss in quantity and quality. There is no “silver bullet” in addressing the diverse and complex grain postharvest challenges faced by smallholder farmers, and associated service-providers in developing countries.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 13.
Uncontrolled Keywords: smallholder grain storage
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: 14 Oct 2020 19:50
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Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29476

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