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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

Barley grain ranks fourth in cereal production, with a world output of 136 million tonnes in 2007 (FAOSTAT). The crop requires a temperate climate; the principal growing areas are Europe and the Russian Federation but it is also a valuable and resilient crop in arid and semi-arid areas of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. It is predominantly used as flour for human consumption, in animal feed and as malt in alcoholic beverages.

Organization: The Central Research Institute for Field Crops, Ankara, Turkey
Author: Taner Akar, Muzaffer Avci and Fazil Dusunceli
Technical Editor: Danilo Mejía, FAO
Last Reviewed: 15/06/2004
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Latest Publication

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.