|Title:||Post-harvest Losses of Fruits and Vegetables in Zambia||Authors:||Adrian Phiri||Issue Date:||Dec-2010||Publisher:||農業試驗所||Start page/Pages:||197-204||Source:||農業試驗所特刊第147號||Conference:||2010 AARDO Workshop on Technology on Reducing Post-harvest Losses and Maintaining Quality of Fruits and Vegetables||Abstract:||
In Zambia, fruits and vegetables play a major role in the diets of most low income households.
They are also a good source of essential vitamins and minerals and indeed the source of livelihood.
The production and processing of fruits are labour intensive and affected by the challenge of lack
of adequate water supply. A lot of people are involved in the marketing and trading of fruits to earn
income. Fruits, especially indigenous species are well adapted and can ensure household food
security during periods of natural disasters such as droughts. However, the challenge is the high
post-harvest losses incurred due to climatic conditions and handling of the produce before
consumption. This paper gives an overview of the fruit and vegetables production situation in
Zambia. It will also analyse challenges faced in avoiding post-harvest losses and maintaining
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