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Postharvest Losses of Fruit and Vegetables in Asia

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Type of Publication:
Online platforms & databases
Focus Region:
Asia and the Pacific
Focus Topic:
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Type of Risk:
Biological & environmental
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk coping
Food and Fertilizer Technology Center
Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asia and Pacific Region (FFTC)

This website contains a useful database of publications related to the issues faced by the perishability of fresh fruits and vegetables. During the process of distribution and marketing, substantial losses are incurred which range from a slight loss of quality to total spoilage. Postharvest losses may occur at any point in the marketing process, from the initial harvest through assembly and distribution to the final consumer. The causes of losses are many: physical damage during handling and transport, physiological decay, water loss, or sometimes simply because there is a surplus in the marketplace and no buyer can be found.