Post-Harvest Loss in Sub-Saharan Africa -- What Do Farmers Say?
34 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 1, 2014
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.
Keywords: Markets and Market Access, Crops and Crop Management Systems, Food & Beverage Industry, Technology Industry, Environmental Economics & Policies
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