PHL e-Learning

Postharvest loss is a complex issue, often with multiple and interrelated causes operating at different levels across multiple value chains. It can be challenging to locate explicit postharvest loss instruction, but the courses listed here can serve as a starting point.

Global Postharvest Loss Prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors

Designed by ADMI, this free course on the Coursera platform 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. Key knowledge areas include an overview of postharvest loss, activities along the supply chain, and a conceptual framework for preventing losses. A certificate of completion is available for an additional fee.

Duration: 13 hours

Language: Instruction in English with available English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish subtitles

Online course: Global Postharvest Loss Prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors

FAO Food Loss Analysis methodology course

This e-learning course introduces the FAO case study methodology for the analysis of critical food loss points. This method focuses on revealing and analyzing the multi-dimensional causes of losses in selected food supply chains, identification of critical loss points, and recommendation of feasible food loss reduction solutions and strategies. The course is available in online and downloadable (Windows only) versions. Participants will also need to complete a free registration to the FAO elearning Academy.

Duration: 6.5 hours 

Languages: English, French

Online course: Case study method of food loss analysis

PEF Global Postharvest E-learning Program

The Postharvest Education Foundation (PEF) Global Postharvest E-learning Program is a yearlong mentor-guided training program where learners proceed at their own pace. Each participant can select their own crops of interest and conduct assignments (readings, fieldwork and written reports) on topic of their choice.

Participants interact with other trainees through weekly interactive online sessions and have access to LinkedIn discussion groups. Those who successfully complete all 10 e-learning assignments and submit a completed TNA form and a final exam receive a Postharvest Training of Trainers Certificate of Completion. The program is in its eighth year.

Training program: PEF Global Postharvest E-learning Program

Document: PEF Postharvest E-learning Manual