Postharvest Losses — Impact of Their Prevention on Food Supplies, Nutrition, and Development

  • H. A. B. Parpia
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 7)


Never has so much food been produced before and never has there been so much food shortage and starvation. The need for prevention of food losses through proper handling, storage conservation, milling, and processing has received some attention at the World Food Conference as part of the immediate and long-range effort to improve food supplies. The impact that the prevention of food losses can make on food supplies, present and future, and the return this can bring by way of additional income and employment deserve greater attention. A systematic effort in this direction would not only contribute to increasing food supplies quantitatively and qualitatively, but bring greater value to the grower and better food to the consumer, and raise employment; it would also help to increase self-sufficiency and foreign exchange earnings and stimulate agroeconomic development as a whole. While much more comprehensive data are required on this subject of storage losses, there have already been a sufficient number of studies carried out to indicate the magnitude of the problem.


Rice Bran Food Loss Cicer Arietinum Tricalcium Phosphate Insect Infestation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. A. B. Parpia
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  1. 1.Food and Agriculture Industries Services, Agricultural Services DivisionFood and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsRomeItaly

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