Recent data on food waste indicate that roughly one third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted. In the face of the growing food security challenge and need for increased efficiency of the food system, food waste has been acknowledge as an issue of high importance on the international agenda.
Substantial pre- and post-harvest losses occur as a result of inefficiencies of the agricultural value chain. Reducing losses caused by pest destruction, inefficient storage, and crop contamination would directly contribute to greater food security. One of the sessions at the Agri4D Conference was devoted to this particular issue.
Presented at the Agri4D 2013 conference at the session on Pre/Post-harvest Losses – Including Post-harvest Handling and Storage.