About this Course
4.8
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11 reviews
This course provides an overview of the issue of postharvest loss of grains by exploring essential physical, technical, and social dimensions of postharvest supply chains and loss prevention methods globally. Each year, estimates suggest that 1/3 of all food produced is lost or wasted, making postharvest loss a critical global food security and sustainability issue of today. Key knowledge areas are presented including: -An overview of postharvest loss -Supply chain activities such as harvesting, drying, and storage -Economics and markets -An introduction to the network of actors working in this field We face the immense challenge of feeding over 9 billion people by the year 2050. To meet these demands, yields will have to more than double using the same amount of natural resources. In recent years, postharvest loss has been recognized by major institutions including the US government, the United Nations, the CGIAR Research Consortium, and several others as a significant opportunity to impact food security and improve livelihoods. Despite this increased attention, a lack of knowledge, technical capacity, and resources remain obstacles for stakeholders worldwide to act on these issues. This course will, for the first time, provide you as professionals, practitioners, and students, with a comprehensive introduction to postharvest loss processes and begin building capacity for loss prevention worldwide....
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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

Approx. 16 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

In this module, you will become familiar with the course, your instructor, your classmates, and our learning environment....
Reading
1 video (Total 12 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Reading4 readings
Syllabus10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
Clock
4 hours to complete

Week 1: Problem: Global Postharvest Loss

This module will provide you with an overview of the issue of postharvest loss (PHL) and how this impacts global food security and sustainability. It will also define the postharvest supply chain....
Reading
3 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
1.2. Role of Water in Food Security: Global Perspectives15m
1.3. Overview of the Postharvest Supply Chain and the Role of Mechanization 8m
Reading2 readings
Week 1 Overview10m
Week 1 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz30m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Week 2: Causes: Major Causes & Encounters for PHL

This module will introduce you to technical, social, and economic factors and situations that lead to postharvest losses. Harvesting, drying, and storage phases will be specifically covered as stages that are both vital in the grain supply chain and in which a great deal of postharvest losses are experienced....
Reading
6 videos (Total 81 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
2.2.1. Grain Drying: Basic Principles of Drying 10m
2.2.2. Grain Drying: Drying Methods 10m
2.2.3. Grain Cleaning: Methods and Equipment 8m
2.3. Grain Storage and Management 12m
2.4 The Economics of Postharvest Loss: Structural Issues 18m
Reading2 readings
Week 2 Overview10m
Week 2 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz40m

3

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Week 3: Solutions: A Prevention Framework for PHL

This module will introduce you to a conceptual framework for how losses can be prevented. Theories, methods, and case examples on prevention will be covered....
Reading
9 videos (Total 95 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
3.2.1. Asking the Most Useful Questions 11m
3.2.2. Tale of Two Cases: What Has Worked and What Hasn't Worked 9m
3.2.3. Enabling Good Decisions by Creating a Market-Like Environment 5m
3.3. Effective Extension for the Prevention of Postharvest Losses 12m
3.4. Working in Subsistence Marketplaces 7m
3.5. Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services 13m
3.6. Understanding Subsistence Marketplaces 11m
3.7. Designing Solutions 10m
Reading2 readings
Week 3 Overview10m
Week 3 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz40m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Week 4: Actors: A Network of Global Stakeholders

In this module you will explore how the international community is responding to the issue of postharvest loss. The module will cover the current state of the postharvest loss prevention field, as well as provide background as to how it developed. Some key projects, initiatives, and approaches will be highlighted....
Reading
5 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
4.1.2. Trends in International Awareness of Postharvest Loss: From Kissinger to 2015 9m
4.2. Solving Problems as an International Community: Benefits and Challenges of Collaborating for Food Loss Reduction 11m
4.3. SAVE FOOD Partnership and the Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction 8m
4.4. The ADM Institute Approach to Postharvest Loss Prevention 15m
Reading2 readings
Week 4 Overview10m
Week 4 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz40m
Final Quiz16m
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Top Reviews

By NGJan 19th 2017

Thanks for offering a very much informative course. Look forward for more courses in this field.\n\nThanks a lot for all the lectures and Coursera!

By MENov 28th 2016

A wonderful piece and a great eye opener on issues of post harvest losses and food security in general. Thanks for the course , nice move.

Instructor

Dr. Prasanta Kalita

Director of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

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