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INPhO, the Information Network on Post-harvest Operations, was originally designed by FAO with the support and collaboration of GIZ and CIRAD in 1996. The site is currently undergoing a review and reformat to enhance the presentation and accessibility of the information available. This information resource is managed by the FAO Nutrition and Food Systems Division.

The principal objectives of INPhO are to promote good practice in post-harvest activities for agricultural products and to assist in the expansion of agribusiness by providing easy access to technical data and information. 

Crop Compendium

Avocado is a fruit from a tree that has a variable growth and development, reaching a height of 10 to 12 m in its natural habitat.  Mature trees over 8 years old produce fruit all year round.  Avocado is cultivatedthroughout tropical and subtropical regions of the world, with Mexico the largest producer. The fruit has an exquisite taste and aroma, a high nutritional value and various medicinal benefits. Post-harvest ...

Organization: FAO
Author: Lidia Dorantes, Lidia Parada & Alicia Ortiz. Instituto Politécnico Naciona, IPN, México
Technical Editor: Danilo Mejia, FAO
Last Reviewed: 15/06/2004
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This section provides access to Cookbook, Videos and Food Processing Toolkit covering  relevant issues on agro-processing and post-harvest activities related to fruits and vegetables, grains and cereals, roots and tubers, livestock products among others.


The information provided in this section is intended to be used as an efficient tool to assist in skill enhancement and development in post-harvest activities and small agro-industries development.


The provision of effective training is a key aspect in promoting best practice in post-harvest operations to minimise losses and reduce waste  in the development of agroindustries and/or agro-businesses.