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Assessment of the post-harvest losses and post-harvest loss reduction technologies and practices for a seasonal fruit with high export value and/or export potential in CLMV countries

Status: Completed.

Post-harvest losses in Southeast Asia remain a persistent problem, and are very high in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam (CLMV countries). Reducing post-harvest losses in fruits in CLMV countries is particularly important as CLMV countries export a large proportion of their seasonal fruits. Access to post-harvest reduction technologies and/or practices would directly benefit farmers and help to improve the total volume and value of exports. CLMV countries would benefit from a project which examines current post-harvest loses in a seasonal fruit of common importance and identifies hands-on training on low cost technologies/ practices to reduce losses.

This project assessed post-harvest losses along the value chain for mango in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar, and for dragon fruit in Viet Nam. It then identified the capacity building and technical assistance requirements of these countries to implement low cost and easy-to-use technologies and/or practices to reduce post-harvest losses.

This project is part of ASEAN’s Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III.

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