Reducing Post-Harvest Losses to Increase the Value of Vegetable Products

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Food and Nutriti on security conti nues to pose a challenge to West African countries taking into considerati on rising populati on growth coupled with dwindling natural resources such as land and the stress posed on water resources by climate change. Vegetable producti on is indeed one of the major opti ons that can signifi cantly contribute to food and nutriti on security with limited risk associated to expansion of producti on land. Vegetables are known to be essenti al sources of micro nutrients which are criti cal for reducing high level of under 5 malnutriti on (15%). However, these potenti als are hindered by high post-harvest losses at various stages of the vegetable
value chain.

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