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Policy Measures for managing quality and reducing postharvest losses in fresh produce supply chain in South Asian countries

Smallholders and traders are key stakeholders in fruit and vegetable supply chains supplying local mass markets across South Asian countries. Training these stakeholders and introducing simple technical innovations into these supply chains can dramatically improve the quality and shelf-life of fresh produce and reduce losses, thereby generating economic benefits for producers, supply chain stakeholders and consumers as well as improving nutrition. Consequently, greater support is called for to a ddress the challenges faced in traditional supply chains. This policy brief aims to provide information on applying the principles of post-harvest management of fruit and vegetable supply chains for quality and safety assurance handling practice along with simple technologies were piloted with stakeholders in traditional fruits and vegetables in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries.

Asia & Pacific