It is estimated that around 1.3 billion tons per year of food produced for human consumption, which is about one-third of all food produced, is either lost or wasted globally. Reduction of the postharvest losses is being considered as one of the sustainable ways to ensure world food security.

Postharvest Extension and Capacity Building for the Developing World provides information on postharvest extension/outreach programs, capacity building, and practical methodologies for postharvest extension professionals and food science teachers, food processing trainers, and outreach specialists who work in the field.

The book provides information on training of postharvest trainers, food loss assessment methods, capacity building in universities and agro-industry, distance education methods, models for cost effective postharvest/food processing extension work, success stories, and lessons learned from past projects and programs.

The book is divided into four sections. Section I explains postharvest loss assessments methods, Section II is on capacity building, and Sections III and IV focus on training and postharvest extension models. Food loss assessment methodologies are highlighted from several high-profile institutions and it is envisioned that researchers and postharvest extension personnel will benefit from the development and field testing of a hybrid methodology, incorporating the strengths and utilizing the best practices from each of the methodologies in current use. Chapters cover postharvest extension work and capacity building in a wide range of regions.

section Section I|25 pages

FLW Assessment Methods

chapter 2|10 pages

Capacity Building in Postharvest Loss Assessment, Postharvest Training, and Innovations for Reducing Losses

Challenges and Opportunities in the Caribbean
ByMajeed Mohammed, Lisa Kitinoja

chapter 3|5 pages

Commodity Systems Assessment Methodology

History and Current Improvements
ByKarol Alpízar Ugalde

section Section II|59 pages

Capacity Building

chapter 4|12 pages

Postharvest Education, Training and Capacity Building for Reducing Losses in Plant-Based Food Crops

A Critical Review (2010–2017)
ByLisa Kitinoja, Vijay Yadav Tokala

chapter 5|13 pages

Enhancing Postharvest Capacity in National Extension Systems and Advisory Services

ByLisa Kitinoja, Jorge M. Fonseca

chapter 6|7 pages

World Food Preservation Center® LLC

ByCharles L. Wilson

chapter 7|10 pages

Reducing Postharvest Loss and Waste in Fruits and Vegetables

Amity’s Initiatives
BySunil Saran, Neeru Dubey

chapter 8|8 pages

Training Women on Reducing Postharvest Losses of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Egypt

BySaneya Mohamed Ali El-Neshawy

section Section III|50 pages


chapter 10|12 pages

Global Postharvest E-Learning Programs via the Postharvest Education Foundation

ByDevon Zagory, Deirdre Holcroft

chapter 12|12 pages

Scientific Animation Without Borders (SAWBO)

Addressing Educational Gaps around Value Chains Pertaining to Postharvest Losses
ByJulia Bello-Bravo, Anne Namatsi Lutomia, Barry R. Pittendrigh

chapter 13|16 pages

Development, Demonstration, and Utility of Stored Grain Saving Technologies

A Case Study in India
ByS. Mohan

section Section IV|69 pages

Postharvest Extension Models

chapter 14|11 pages

ADMI Village

Research in Action
ByAlex Winter-Nelson, Mindy Spencer, Sarah Schwartz, Ashley Nagele

chapter 15|10 pages

Lessons Learned from a Postharvest Training and Services Center in Arusha, Tanzania

ByNgoni Nenguwo, Roseline Marealle, Radegunda Kessy

chapter 16|11 pages

Farmer Advisory Services in Tajikistan (FAST)

Agriculture Extension Program to Prevent Postharvest Losses and Improve Nutrition
ByLola Gaparova, Andrea B. Bohn

chapter 17|12 pages

Punjab Horticultural Postharvest Technology Centre

Building and Strengthening Linkages between Postharvest Professionals and the Emerging Horticulture Sector in India
ByB.V.C. Mahajan

chapter 18|13 pages

Monitoring and Evaluation Practices for Improving Postharvest Extension Projects

ByLisa Kitinoja, Devon Zagory

chapter 19|7 pages

Summary and Conclusions

ByMajeed Mohammed, Vijay Yadav Tokala