12. Literature, references and training supports

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12.1. List of practical guides, tests and references on post-harvest technology and marketing of fresh produce

The following list is not intended to be an exhaustive bibliography of literature and references on the very diverse and complex field of post-harvest technology and marketing of fresh produce. On the other hand, the contents of the manual can not supply all the information needs for all crops and marketing situations in the Eastern Caribbean.

The references given below are reasonably upto-date and encompass, in the author's opinion, a good selection of practical and essential information to suit the needs of trainers and specialists alike. The texts covering predominantly temperate agriculture are included because of their good coverage of the principles of post-harvest technology rather than for their immediate relevance to the Eastern Caribbean.

  1. ABBOTT, J. C., (1970) - Marketing fruit and vegetables. FAO Marketing Guide No. 2, 2nd edition. FAO, Rome 181 pp. (available through FAO Office in Barbados).
  2. ABBOTT, J. C., (1979). Agricultural economics and marketing in the tropics. Intermediate Tropical Agriculture Series. Longman Group Ltd., London 168 pp.
  3. BURTON, W. G., (1982). Post-harvest physiology of food crops. Longman Group Ltd., London 339 pp.
  4. DIXIE, G., (1988). Horticultural marketing. A resource and training manual for extension officers. FAO. 110 pp.
  5. GIULIANO, M. A., (1987). Fresh and freign : A complete guide to marketing produce from the Caribbean and Latin America. Walker A. Williams and Company, Inc., Washington DC 76 pp.
  6. HAARD, N. F. and SALUNKE, D. K., (1975). Symposium: Post-harvest biology and handling of fruits and vegetables. AVI Publishing Co. Inc., Westport, Connecticut. 193 pp.
  7. HARRIS, S. R., (1986). Improvement of post-harvest fresh fruits and vegetables handling. A manual. FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and Association of Food Marketing Agencies in Asia and the Pacific. 229 pp.
  8. HORTON, D., (1987). Potatoes. Production, marketing and programs for developing countries. Westview Press. 243 pp.
  9. INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF REFRIGERATION (various) (1976) Guide to refrigerated storage. 190 pp. (1976) Refrigeration techniques in developing countries, 2nd Edition. 170 pp. (1976) Current trends in the refrigerated storage and transport of perishable foodstuffs. 241 pp. (1976) Towards an ideal refrigerated food chain. 193pp. (1979) Recommended conditions for chilled storage of perishable produce. 148 pp.
  10. KADER, A. A., MORRIS, L. L. and CANTWELL, M., (1979). Post-harvest handling and physiology of horticultural crops. A list of selected references. Vegetable Crops Series No.169 (revised edition). Division of Agricultural Sciences, University of California, Davis, California. 44 pp.
  11. KADER, A. A., KASMIRE, R. F., MITCHELL, F. G., REID, M. S., SOMMER, N. F. and THOMPSON, J. F., (1985). Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops. Cooperative Extension, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 192 pp.
  12. LUTZ, J. M. and HARDENBURG, R. E., (1968). The commercial storage of fruits, vegetables and florist and nursery stocks. Agriculture Handbook No. 66, US Dept. Agriculture, Washington, D. C. 94 pp.
  13. McGREGOR, B. M., (1987). Tropical products transport handbook. Agriculture Handbook No. 668, Office of Transportation, US Dept. Agriculture, Washington DC. 148 pp.
  14. MAFF (1979). Refrigerated storage of fruit and vegetables. Reference Book No. 324, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), HMSO Stationary Office, London. 148 pp.
  15. MENDOZA, D. B. and WILLS, R. B. H. (Editors), (1984). Mango. Fruit development, postharvest physiology and marketing in ASEAN. ASEAN Food Handling Bureau, 8th Floor, Syed Kechik Foundation Building, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  16. MOLINE, H. E. (Editor), (1984). Postharvest pathology of fruits and vegetables : Postharvest losses in perishable crops. Agricultural Experiment Station, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, California. 80 pp.
  17. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES,(1978). Postharvest food losses in developing countries. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 206 pp.
  18. OAKLEY, P. and GARFORTH, C.,(1985). Guide to extension training. FAO Training Series No. 11, FAD/UN. 144 pp.
  19. PANTASTICO, Er. B., (1975). Post-harvest physiology, handling and utilization of tropical and sub-tropical fruits and vegetables. AVI Publishing Co. Inc., Westport, Connecticut. 587 pp.
  20. PURSEGLOVE, J. W.,(1968). Tropical crops : Dicotyledons. Longman Scientific and Technical Press, Harlow, England. 719 pp.
  21. PURSEGLOVE. J. U., (1972). Tropical crops : Monocotyledons. Volumes 1 and 2. Longman Scientific and Technical Press, Harlow, England. 607 pp.
  22. RYALL, A. L. and LIPTON, W. J.,(1979). Handling, transportation and storage of fruits and vegetables. Volume 1. Vegetables and melons. 2nd. Edition, AVI Publishing Co. Inc.,, Westport, Connecticut. 587 pp.
  23. RYALL, A. L. and PENTZER, W.T.,(1974). Handling, transportation and storage of fruits and vegetables. Volume 2. Fruits. AVI Publishing Co. Inc., Westport, Connecticut. 436 pp.
  24. SAMSON, J. A.,(1980). Tropical fruits. Tropical Agriculture Series, Longman Press, London and New York. 250 pp.
  25. SCHUUR, C. C. M., (1988) Packaging for fruits, vegetables and root crops. FAO Project PFL/RLA/001/PFL, FAO Representative Office in Barbados, FAD/UN. 58 pp.
  26. SCHUUR-CASTENMILLER, J.,(1988). Trade of fresh produce in the Eastern Caribbean. FAO Project PFL/RLA/001/PFL, FAO Representative Office in Barbados, FAD/UN. 242 pp.
  27. STOVER, R. H. and SIMMONDS, N. W., (1987). Bananas. 3rd Edition, Tropical Agriculture Series, Longman Scientific and Technical Press, Harlow, England. 468 pp.
  28. UNIDO,(1972). Wood as a packaging material in the developing countries. ID/72. UNIDO, Vienna. 111 pp.
  29. WARDOWSKI, W. F., NAGY, S. and GRIERSON, W.(Editors),(1983). Citrus fruits. AVI Publishing Co. Inc., Westport, Connecticut.
  30. WILLS, R., LEE, T., GRAHAM, D., McGLASSON, B. and HALL, E., (1981). Postharvest: An introduction to the physiology and handling of fruit and vegetables. New South Wales University Press, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia. 176 pp.

12.2. List of slide sets/visual aids and suppliers addresses

There are a considerable quantity available internationally of slide sets and series covering post-harvest technology and marketing of fresh produce. Unfortunately, most are inappropriate or indeed irrelevant to the needs of trainers and trainees in the developing countries, including the Eastern Caribbean.

The list below indicates those slide sets are considered useful by the author when organising training sessions for extension workers, farmers, and in some circumstances specialists or policy makers. Attention is drawn in particular to the slide series created by CARIRI/IICA especially for the Eastern Caribbean. This four volume series, complete with audio cassettes, combines original slides with other reproductions from various texts and sources.

The CARIRI/IICA slide sets are beyond the economic range of many if not all trainers and government institutes in the region. However, one complete set is possessed by each of the CARDI/CARDATS offices in the Eastern Caribbean, another with the Ministry of Agriculture in Barbados, and yet another with the FAO Representatives Office in Barbados. Provided that enquiries are made well in advance, it should be possible to borrow the slides and cassettes for official training programmes.

1. Postharvest Handling of Tropical Produce.

Series available through Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad, and Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) offices throughout the region.

2. A Guide to Quality Requirements for Fruits and Vegetables in Western Europe.

50 slide set produced by and available from Overseas Development and Natural Resources Institute (ODNRI), 56 -62, Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LU, England. (Formerly known as TPI or TORI, the address will change later in 1989, consult British Commission for details.)

3. Postharvest Cooling Methods.

80 slide set produced by University of California at Davis, and available from Eugene Memmler, 3287 Dunsmere Road, Glendale, California, CA 91206, USA.

Many other slide sets are available through Eugene Memmler, and although most are not suitable for the Eastern Cartibbean, some may be of specialist interest. Write to Eugene Memmler for an updated listing of available slide sets.

Some slide sets have been prepared in the region, or are being prepared at the moment, but may have a very limited distribution. For example, the slide set on post-harvest handling and marketing produced by the CENTENO Post-Harvest Research Unit of the Ministry of Food Production in Trinidad, or the slide set being prepared between Dr. Michael Griffin at CARDATS in Grenada and Dr. David Crucefix at the Ministry of Agriculture Produce Chemist's Laboratory in Dominica. The trainer should try to stay in touch with such developments wherever possible and persuade other institutions to share their visual aid resources at every opportunity.


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