Global Postharvest Loss Prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors

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Global Postharvest Loss Prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors

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About this course: This course provides an overview of the issue of postharvest loss of grains by exploring essential physical, technical, and social dimensions of postharvest supply chains and loss prevention methods globally. Each year, estimates suggest that 1/3 of all food produced is lost or wasted, making postharvest loss a critical global food security and sustainability issue of today. Key knowledge areas are presented including: -An overview of postharvest loss -Supply chain activities such as harvesting, drying, and storage -Economics and markets -An introduction to the network of actors working in this field We face the immense challenge of feeding over 9 billion people by th…

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About this course: This course provides an overview of the issue of postharvest loss of grains by exploring essential physical, technical, and social dimensions of postharvest supply chains and loss prevention methods globally. Each year, estimates suggest that 1/3 of all food produced is lost or wasted, making postharvest loss a critical global food security and sustainability issue of today. Key knowledge areas are presented including: -An overview of postharvest loss -Supply chain activities such as harvesting, drying, and storage -Economics and markets -An introduction to the network of actors working in this field We face the immense challenge of feeding over 9 billion people by the year 2050. To meet these demands, yields will have to more than double using the same amount of natural resources. In recent years, postharvest loss has been recognized by major institutions including the US government, the United Nations, the CGIAR Research Consortium, and several others as a significant opportunity to impact food security and improve livelihoods. Despite this increased attention, a lack of knowledge, technical capacity, and resources remain obstacles for stakeholders worldwide to act on these issues. This course will, for the first time, provide you as professionals, practitioners, and students, with a comprehensive introduction to postharvest loss processes and begin building capacity for loss prevention worldwide.

Who is this class for: No specific background is required. An interest in food security issues, sustainability, global agriculture, and international development is helpful.

Created by:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Taught by:  Dr. Prasanta Kalita, Director of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss

    Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Level Beginner Commitment 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.9 stars Average User Rating 4.9See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Course Orientation
In this module, you will become familiar with the course, your instructor, your classmates, and our learning environment.


1 video, 4 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: What is Postharvest Loss and Why is it a Global Issue?
  2. Reading: Syllabus
  3. Reading: About the Discussion Forums
  4. Practice Quiz: Orientation Quiz
  5. Reading: Updating Your Profile
  6. Discussion Prompt: Getting to Know Your Classmates
  7. Reading: Social Media


Week 1: Problem: Global Postharvest Loss
This module will provide you with an overview of the issue of postharvest loss (PHL) and how this impacts global food security and sustainability. It will also define the postharvest supply chain.


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  1. Reading: Week 1 Overview
  2. Reading: Week 1 Readings and Resources
  3. Video: 1.1. Food Insecurity: An Overview and Some Potential Solutions
  4. Video: 1.2. Role of Water in Food Security: Global Perspectives
  5. Video: 1.3. Overview of the Postharvest Supply Chain and the Role of Mechanization

Graded: Week 1 Quiz
Graded: Week 1 Peer Assessment

WEEK 2


Week 2: Causes: Major Causes & Encounters for PHL



This module will introduce you to technical, social, and economic factors and situations that lead to postharvest losses. Harvesting, drying, and storage phases will be specifically covered as stages that are both vital in the grain supply chain and in which a great deal of postharvest losses are experienced.


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  1. Reading: Week 2 Overview
  2. Reading: Week 2 Readings and Resources
  3. Video: 2.1. Overview of Grain Harvesting: Methods, Equipment, and Losses
  4. Video: 2.2.1. Grain Drying: Basic Principles of Drying
  5. Video: 2.2.2. Grain Drying: Drying Methods
  6. Video: 2.2.3. Grain Cleaning: Methods and Equipment
  7. Video: 2.3. Grain Storage and Management
  8. Video: 2.4 The Economics of Postharvest Loss: Structural Issues

Graded: Week 2 Quiz
Graded: Week 2 Peer Assessment

WEEK 3


Week 3: Solutions: A Prevention Framework for PHL
This module will introduce you to a conceptual framework for how losses can be prevented. Theories, methods, and case examples on prevention will be covered.


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  1. Reading: Week 3 Overview
  2. Reading: Week 3 Readings and Resources
  3. Video: 3.1. The Economics of Loss
  4. Video: 3.2.1. Asking the Most Useful Questions
  5. Video: 3.2.2. Tale of Two Cases: What Has Worked and What Hasn't Worked
  6. Video: 3.2.3. Enabling Good Decisions by Creating a Market-Like Environment
  7. Video: 3.3. Effective Extension for the Prevention of Postharvest Losses
  8. Video: 3.4. Working in Subsistence Marketplaces
  9. Video: 3.5. Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services
  10. Video: 3.6. Understanding Subsistence Marketplaces
  11. Video: 3.7. Designing Solutions

Graded: Week 3 Quiz
Graded: Week 3 Peer Assessment

WEEK 4


Week 4: Actors: A Network of Global Stakeholders



In this module you will explore how the international community is responding to the issue of postharvest loss. The module will cover the current state of the postharvest loss prevention field, as well as provide background as to how it developed. Some key projects, initiatives, and approaches will be highlighted.


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  1. Reading: Week 4 Overview
  2. Reading: Week 4 Readings and Resources
  3. Video: 4.1.1. Food Security on the Modern International Agenda
  4. Video: 4.1.2. Trends in International Awareness of Postharvest Loss: From Kissinger to 2015
  5. Video: 4.2. Solving Problems as an International Community: Benefits and Challenges of Collaborating for Food Loss Reduction
  6. Video: 4.3. SAVE FOOD Partnership and the Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction
  7. Video: 4.4. The ADM Institute Approach to Postharvest Loss Prevention

Graded: Week 4 Quiz
Graded: Final Quiz
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