Each year, about one-third of the food produced globally goes to waste, much of it as a result of post-harvest loss. Smallholder farmers and the communities they feed are among those hit hardest by these losses. CITE will evaluate the technologies used by these farmers to reduce these losses such as multi-layer bags, containers, and silos in the Jinja, Kampala, and Gulu districts of Uganda.
The CITE team traveled to Uganda in January 2015 to do a pilot study of post-harvest storage technology use in coordination with the World Food Programme. The team will return this summer to evaluate these technologies in the field. Faculty and students will spend time interviewing farmers, manufacturers, producers, and suppliers of post-harvest storage products.
For this evaluation, CITE will focus on evaluating products’ sustainability and scalability in partnership with the World Food Programme and Makerere University. Both partners are well equipped to help CITE investigate the local supply chain and adoption aspects of crop storage technologies.
In order to capture the complexities of post-harvest food storage, CITE researchers are using a mixed research method involving simulation, optimization, and statistical modeling that is informed by empirical data and surveys conducted in Uganda.
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