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August 14, 2018: The Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN Cambodia) of Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) facilitated lectures on “Importance of Good Postharvest Handling” Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham, Director of Horticulture Innovation Lab, University of California, Davis”.
Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham graduated her master degree of Horticulture from North Carolina State University and PhD degree of Horticulture from University of Maryland. She was Pomologist and Cooperative Extension Specialist at University of California, Davis and director of Postharvest Technology Center at University of California, Davis. She is currently a director of Horticulture Innovation Lab at University of California, Davis.
Once a crop is harvested from the plant, deterioration begins. To achieve food security, we must assure that most of the harvested food becomes available for consumption. However, as much as 30-50% of harvested produce is lost before consumption. Mechanisms to preserve the harvest include careful handling, temperature management, and drying and dry storage.
The lecture shared about the key to sustainability and food security, characteristics of fruits and vegetables, causes of post-harvest loss, approaches to reduce losses, the chimney dryer concept and reasons for low adaptation. (Click here for slide presentation, 7.9MB)