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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

Phaseolus Bean or the common bean is the most important food legume for direct consumption in the world and is a major source of dietary protein in many developing countries.  It is produced in a range of crop systems and environments in regions as diverse as Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and United States as well as Canada and China. There are many different varieties of these bush or vine herbaceous annual plants producing a wide range ...

Author: A.L. Jones
Technical Editor: Danilo Mejía, FAO
Last Reviewed: 14/10/1999
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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.