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Post-harvest loss in Sub-Saharan Africa -- what do farmers say ?, Volume 1
 
Author:Kaminski, Jonathan; Christiaensen, Luc; Country:Uganda; Africa; Tanzania; Malawi;
Date Stored:2014/04/03Document Date:2014/04/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Markets and Market Access; Crops and Crop Management Systems; Food & Beverage Industry; Technology Industry
Language:EnglishRegion:Africa
Report Number:WPS6831Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6831
Volume No:1  

Summary: The 2007-2008 global food crisis has renewed interest in post-harvest loss, but estimates remain scarce, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper uses self-reported measures from nationally representative household surveys in Malawi, Uganda, and Tanzania. Overall, on-farm post-harvest loss adds to 1.4-5.9 percent of the national maize harvest, substantially lower than the Food and Agriculture Organization's post-harvest handling and storage loss estimate for cereals, which is 8 percent. Post-harvest loss is concentrated among less than a fifth of households. It increases with humidity and temperature and declines with better market access, post-primary education, higher seasonal price differences, and possibly improved storage practices. Wider use of nationally representative surveys in studying post-harvest loss is called for.

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