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Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course

Indepth Research Services
Start Date:
June 4, 2018
End Date:
June 8, 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm


Event: Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 04th – 08th June 2018.



Food loss and waste have many negative economic and environmental impacts. Economically, they represent a wasted investment that can reduce farmers’ incomes and increase consumers’ expenses. Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land, which in turn can lead to diminished natural ecosystems and the services they provide.
While the number of food insecure population remains unacceptably high, massive quantities of food are lost due to spoilage and infestations on the journey to consumers. However, one of the major ways of strengthening food security is by reducing these losses. It is of high importance in the effort to combat hunger, raise income and improve food security and livelihoods. This workshop is designed to shed light on postharvest losses and strategies to reduce them.
Interventions in PHL reduction are seen as an important component of the efforts of many agencies to reduce food insecurity. PHL is increasingly being recognized as part of an integrated approach to realizing agriculture’s full potential to meet the world’s increasing food and energy needs.

5 days

This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other development programmes.

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
• Understand various concepts in relation to food losses and control.
• Understand the importance of attentive harvest, packing, storage and transportation to providing quality product.
• Understand how food management practices affect post-harvest condition.
• Understand how food safety practices begin in the field and carry through harvest & post-harvest handling.
• Reduce losses (both physical and in market value) between harvest and consumption.
• Protect food safety and learn appropriate handling technology for a given produce taking into consideration the available technology of the locality or country.

• Food waste and loss
• Food quality loss or waste
• Physical loss
• Economic loss
• Drying techniques
• Packaging and protective storage
• Refrigeration and cooling
• Use of chemicals
• Biological controls
• Implications of reducing food loss and waste

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 28th May 2018. Send proof of payment to [email protected]


Indepth Research Services
Indepth Research Services (IRES) is an international training and consultancy organization with its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. IRES offers a comprehensive portfolio of technical training and education services designed for individuals, and organizations working in the agriculture; climate change and environment; disaster management; education; food and nutrition; health; humanitarian relief; logistics and telecommunication; recovery and reconstruction; safety and security; water sanitation and hygiene sectors.
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