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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 has recently undergone a review and reformat to enhance the presentation and accessibility of the information available. This information resource is managed by the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of FAO.

The principal objectives of INPhO are to promote best 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

Soybean is a useful oil and protein source and can be used to improve the nutritional value of traditional foods. The beans are processed to give soy flour, meal or milk products and the oil can be extracted leaving a meal which is used for animal feed.  The soybean is toxic to humans and mono gastric animals and requires heat treatment to destroy the trypsin enzyme inhibitors. Cultivation requires a climate with hot summers. The main producers are Argent...

Author: Islas-Rubio, A.R. & Higuera-Ciapara, I.
Technical Editor: Danilo Mejia, FAO
Last Reviewed: 07/06/2002
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Instructional Manual 2014 (Spanish) Download document
Instructional Manual 2014 (Spanish) Download document
Instructional Manual 2014 (Spanish) Download document


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.