Overview of the Phenomenon of Losses
During the Post-harvest System


Author's Contract n° 115230 with FAO: Compendium on post-harvest operations
FAO, Agro Industries and Post-Harvest Management Service (AGSI)


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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Loss and Waste: Do we Really Know What is Involved?
                Unreliable data and methodological problem

Chapter 2 - Post-harvest System and Food Losses

2.1. Definition of the post-harvest system
        Main elements of the post-harvest system

2.2. Post-harvest losses
      Types of losses

Chapter 3 - Survey and Analysis of Post-harvest Losses

3.1. Methodological problems
3.2. Loss assessment and field surveys
3.2.1. Rice
3.2.2. Maize
3.2.3. Millet and sorghum
3.2.4. Pulses and oilseeds
3.2.5. Roots and tubers

Chapter 4 - Economic Aspects of Post-harvest Losses


1. List of Diagrams, Pictures and Tables

2. Bibliography


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