Post Harvest Losses in Perishable Foods of the Developing World

  • D. G. Coursey
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 46)


The majority of the papers presented to this Advanced Study Institute have been related primarily to situations relevant to the technologically advanced countries of Europe, North America and Australasia. This paper will do something to redress the balance, for it must be remembered that about a third of the world’s population lives within the Less Developed Countries (L.D.C.’s); that it is generally within the L.D.C.’s that living standards and nutritional standards are the lowest; while rates of population increase tend to be the greatest. Thus, it is within these countries, mostly within the tropics, that there is the most urgent need to increase food availability. This is not solely an ethical issue; whatever an individual’s, or a government’s, political or moral stance may be it must be accepted that a situation where such a large proportion of the world’s population are living under severely sub-optimal conditions is highly unsatisfactory, and is a destabilising force within the established world economic order.


Sweet Potato Root Crop Chilling Injury Storage Life Post Harvest 
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  • D. G. Coursey
    • 1
  1. 1.Tropical Products InstituteLondonEngland

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