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Principles of Designing and Implementing Agricultural Extension Programs for Reducing Post-harvest Loss

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 326 Mumford Hall, 1301 W. Gregory Drive Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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Academic Editor: Sanzidur Rahman
Agriculture 2015, 5(4), 1035-1046; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture5041035
Received: 31 August 2015 / Revised: 5 October 2015 / Accepted: 16 October 2015 / Published: 28 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agriculture and Rural Development)
Post-harvest losses represent a significant threat to food security and farmer incomes worldwide. It is an inefficiency in the global food production system that is avoidable. In deducing principles of designing and implementing agricultural extension programs to reduce post-harvest losses, valuable lessons can be gleaned from the handful of previous extension projects and programs addressing post-harvest loss. Abstracting principles from previous experiences and using this to inform future post-harvest loss prevention programs is an evidence-based approach to arrive at solutions to this problem. This paper reviews extension programs for post-harvest loss prevention, before presenting key principles abstracted from the review that should be taken into consideration for future post-harvest loss prevention programs. This paper aims to contribute to knowledge on the role of agricultural extension in the design of post-harvest loss reduction efforts in developing countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: post-harvest loss; agricultural extension; program design; enabling environment; dimensionality; process approach post-harvest loss; agricultural extension; program design; enabling environment; dimensionality; process approach
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McNamara, P.E.; Tata, J.S. Principles of Designing and Implementing Agricultural Extension Programs for Reducing Post-harvest Loss. Agriculture 2015, 5, 1035-1046.

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