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Post-harvest losses of cereals and other grains: opportunity among issues and challenges

Code: 9781786767578
Steven T. Sonka, University of Maryland, USA

Chapter synopsis: Employing a managerial perspective, this chapter explores economically-relevant approaches to evaluate and implement sustained, scalable technologies and practices which can effectively reduce post-harvest loss (PHL). Key issues addressed include: defining appropriate targets and goals; inclusion of economic effects as well as physical losses; adoption of methods which support appropriate investment decisions; and consideration of effective means by which social and public institutions can conduct interventions to reduce PHL which maximize the chance for sustained, scaled adoption.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0072.01
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Is zero loss a desirable goal – what does economics tell us? 3 What is the ‘hidden tax’ resulting from excessive post-harvest loss (PHL)? 4 Can we move from measuring loss to managing to reduce PHL? 5 Can we overcome the PHL paradox? 6 Examples demonstrating the potential for sustainable reduction of PHL 7 Summary 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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