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Policy measures for managing quality and reducing post-harvest losses in fresh produce supply chains in South Asian Countries










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    Case studies on managing quality, assuring safety and reducing post-harvest losses in fruit and vegetable supply chains in South Asian countries 2018
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    Fresh fruits and vegetables contribute significantly to food and nutrition security, poverty reduction and to economic development in the countries belonging to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Smallholders who make little use of post-harvest (PH) technologies produce most of the fresh fruits and vegetables supplied to mass markets in the Region. The high qualitative and quantitative PH losses sustained in these traditional fruit and vegetable supply chains negatively impact all stakeholders in the supply chain, with farmers and retailers being the most affected. To address these issues, technical innovations and good practices were introduced through pilot demonstrations and training in six fresh produce supply chains in three South Asian countries: The People’s Republic of Bangladesh, The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The findings documented in this publication provide an evidence base for the cost-effective management of the quality of fresh produce and the reduction of quantitative loss in fresh horticultural supply chains in SAARC countries.
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    Reducing Post-Harvest Losses in Fruits and Vegetables in South Asian Countries - TCP RAS 3502 2018
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    Fruits and vegetables make a significant contribution to food security, nutrition and poverty reduction, as well as to generating economic development in South Asian countries. However, poor quality, questionable safety and high levels of post-harvest losses are major bottlenecks faced in traditional fruit and vegetable supply chains in the region. The project aimed to pilot the implementation of good post-harvest management practices to manage quality, assure safety and reduce losses in prioritized traditional fruit and vegetable supply chains with stakeholders, in order to generate evidence to support the uptake of the improved practices.
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    Low cost, high impact solutions for improving the quality and shelf-life of bananas in local markets 2018
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    This information flyer summarizes the results of the FAO Technical Cooperation Project: TCP/RAS/3502, Reduction of post-harvest losses in horticultural chains in SAARC Countries. Technical improvements were piloted in Sri Lanka with stakeholders in traditional banana supply chains. Qualitative and quantitative losses and shelf-life were assessed. This flyer aims to provide information on applying the principles of post-harvest management of banana and impact solutions for improving the quality and shelf-life of bananas in local markets. Technical improvements were piloted in Sri Lanka with stakeholders in traditional banana supply chains. Qualitative and quantitative losses and shelf-life were assessed.

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