Postharvest handling systems for fresh fruits and vegetables in sub-Saharan Africa and potential enhancement by the Aid for Trade initiative
Sparks, Sara Ashley
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To address food insecurity and high levels of postharvest loss in developing countries the postharvest handling systems in sub-Saharan Africa were characterized using a systems approach. The Commodity Systems Assessment Methodology (CSAM) and analysis of interview transcripts were used to develop six models representing the postharvest handling system of four crops. Completion of the models identified areas where postharvest technologies could be most effective in reducing postharvest loss in the food system. The potential of Aid for Trade to provide support for developing countries was explored. Allocations have the potential to provide needed linkages within the postharvest handling system to reduce loss. Investments in the economy, trade capacity, and infrastructure of developing countries could improve the efficiency and reduce observed postharvest loss.