Postharvest activities include harvesting, handling, storage, processing, packaging, transportation and marketing. Post-harvest losses occur between harvest and the moment of human consumption. They include on-farm losses, such as when grain is threshed, winnowed, and dried, as well as losses along the chain during transportation, storage, and processing. Important in many developing countries, particularly in Africa, are on-farm losses during storage, when the grain is being stored for auto-consumption or while the farmer awaits a selling opportunity or a rise in prices.
Postharvest shelf life is typically determined by objective methods that determine the overall appearance, taste, flavor, and texture of the commodity.
Our goals for post-harvest technology are
- Prevent post-harvest losses
- Generate employment across the post-harvest activities whereby reducing poverty
- Develop innovations that will be cost effective for farmers