Value Chain

Preventing losses along the postharvest value chain

Harvesting

Preharvest Field

Harvesting is the process of removing the crop from the fields.

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Threshing

Women Threshing

The threshing process separates the grain from the rest of the plant.

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Drying

Drying

Drying reduces the moisture content in grain so it can be safely store or processed.

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Storage

Storage Bag

Grain storage allows individuals or collectives to hold stocks of cereal grains for future use.

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Processing/Milling

Processing/Milling

Processing or milling operations make grain more suitable for consumption or other use.

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Transportation

Transportation

Transportation occurs throughout the value chain, whenever crops are moved from one location to another.

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Marketing

Marketing

Marketing occurs when a crop is sold, either in a market or to a trader or middleman.

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