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The International Network on Post-harvest Operations – Information Sources.

The INPhO network of the Food and Agricultural Organisation is one of the more comprehensive sources of processing information for small enterprises.

INPhO of the FAO

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The information is comprehensive and has a commodity as well as an equipment focus. The equipment and individual databases of the past seem to have been removed, but compendiums and toolkits seem to supply useful information. These however seem to require a bit of digging to find. There is also some business information although this seems to only include the Agriventure programme developed some years ago.

I must admit to being a bit out of touch with this information, so would ask anyone who has recommendations on how to optimize its value, to leave them in the comments.

THINK-EAT-SAVE Food Waste Enjoying Growing Attention

I have written on Food Waste now and then as it's clearly a part of the food supply system where the world can grow food availability using existing technology.

Now a UNEP/FAO lead campaign, supported by initiatives such as WRAP, has been launched.

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Think-Eat-Save and the slogan “Reduce Your Foodprint” seem to indicate that it is focussed on the consumer, but the information on the site is not limited to the household. The initiative seems to be focussing on the complete food chain.

There is already a wealth of information here, presented in a very readable way, and there are indications of actions to promote awareness and action.

Think-Eat-Save rests on four pillars

Awareness raising on the impact of, and solutions for food loss and waste.

Collaboration and coordination of world-wide initiatives on food loss and waste reduction.

Policy, strategy and programme development for food loss and waste reduction.

Support to investment programmes and projects..


Post-harvest and marketing – Free Online Technical Manual

While this is not a food processing manual it gives the reader two things:

  • information and costing of products, refrigerated storage, logistics and certification
  • an insight into the post-harvest and pre processing handling of food
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    from: FAO
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    The book is part of a series of manuals for agribusiness managers of producers’ associations. It covers a wide range of topics from basic storage and warehousing to the quality imperative and the application of ICTS to post-harvest handling and marketing.

    The manual provides case studies and exercises to compliment the information and very useful data on storage conditions for a wide range of fruit and vegetables. The manual also provides a comprehensive set of references and some practical information on the cost structure of packaging, refrigerated storage, logistics and certification that are interesting when trying to manage agricultural inputs to round the year processing.

    1 Billion People Live in Chronic Hunger and I’m Mad as Hell

    This is the title of a petition launched by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FA0).

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    (click the image to sign the petition)

    I totally agree with this – it’s particularly disturbing if you think of how we “over consume” and waste food. So I have signed the petition and am suggesting you to do the same by visiting www.1billionhungry.org/digivuza/ – log in, enter a few details and click the send button (you don’t even have to watch the video) its that easy.

    You are NOT going to have 20 years of bad luck if you don’t do this nor get rich if you do! Just give it a thought and do what you think is right. FAO will present the petition to governments who will hopefully take note and action!

    If you are interested in some of the background on the “waste and over consumption” I refer to, have a look at some of the stuff I have posted on the issue below.

    Once you sign, you will be given a personal link that you can share with friends and family, and a personal impact map that shows how your message spreads around the globe. Share your personal link with as many people as possible. Come back often to check your personal impact map and witness the power of your social network. Thanks very much for joining me in this. It’s time we let politicians know that the status quo — 1 billion hungry people — is unacceptable.

    Waste & Over Eating vs Need & Malnutrition – mainly a link to report on waste in UK
    Another Approach to Food Waste – the Buy One Get One Free LATER idea
    Another Approach To Food Losses – discount foods after best by date

    FAO Beekeeping

    The previous post on honey processing was an introductory note from Practical Action.

    This somewhat older, but apparently still totally usable, document is from the UN FAO and is much more comprehensive.



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    The table of contents, below, indicates the scope of the document.


    Table of equivalencies
    Chapter 1 Introduction
    Chapter 2 Colony life and social organization

    Organization of a bee colony
    The queen
    The drone
    The worker
    The annual biological cycle op the bee colony

    Chapter 3 Anatomy of the honeybee
    Chapter 4 Traditional and modern beehives and beekeeping equipment

    Traditional hives
    Modern rives
    Advantages and disadvantages of frame and top-bar hives
    Timber used for making beehives
    Equipment required by the beekeeper

    Chapter 5 Hive management – Part I

    The apiary
    Preparing the top-bar hive for installation
    Installation of beehives
    Capturing a swarm
    Some common practices in apiary management
    Bee stings

    Hive management – Part II

    Using the Langstroth frame
    How to unite bees
    Robbing and its prevention
    Feeding bees

    Chapter 6 Colony manipulation: honey and beeswax harvesting and extraction

    Brood-nest control
    Honey harvesting and what to look for
    Honey and beeswax extraction
    Some facts about honey

    Chapter 7 The use of bees for pollination
    Chapter 8 Adverse natural factors and pests

    Natural conditions
    Human activities
    Natural enemies and posts
    Bee friends

    Chapter 9 Some bee diseases

    Brood diseases
    Adult bee diseases
    Measures against spreading bee diseases

    Chapter 10 Queen-rearing

    Queen cells
    Maintaining the cycle

    Appendix: Some honeybee forage plants in the tropics and sub-tropics