Up to 50% of post-harvest food loss for fruits and vegetables is due to poor storage and conservatio


“In addition, food losses in the field (between planting and harvesting) may be as high as 20 to 40 per cent of the potential harvest in developing countries, due to pests and pathogens, and the average post-harvest losses, resulting from poor storage and conservation, amount at least to 12 per cent, and up to 50 per cent for fruits and vegetables.”

United Nations General Assembly Sixteenth session, Human Rights Council, Olivier De Schutter, “Report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food,” A/HRC/16/49, December 2010, 4, accessed December 16, 2014, http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/food/docs/A-HRC-16-49.pdf

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