UC Davis Produce The information about recommendations for handling after harvest for Fruits, Vegetables, and Ornamentals, with subsections of information for each commodity such as Maturity & Quality, Disorders, and Optimal Temperature / Atmosphere for Storage. (English | Espanol | Francais | Arabic)
السعدون، عبد الله عبد الرحمن و عبد الله محمد الحمدان. 2011. تقنيات مابعد الحصاد للمحاصيل
بستانية. الإصدار العشرون. الجمعية السعودية للعلوم الزراعية. 40 صفحة. ردمك 9-780-55-9960-978
Alsadon, Abdullah A. and Abdullah M. Alhamdan. 2011. Postharvest Technologies for Horticultural Crops. Vo.l. 20. Saudi Society for Agricultural Sciences. 40 p. 9-780-55-9960-978 ISSN. (Arabic)
         Food loss is a complex issue, often with multiple and interrelated causes operating at different levels. 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.
Target audience:
  • Field level programme officers who wish or need to design, organize, coordinate and implement a food loss analysis
  • Technical advisors and academics who want to learn more about the topic in order to teach others
Duration: 6.5 hours Available languages: English and French  [e-Course leaflet]
"The First All-Africa Postharvest Congress and Exposition", Nairobi, Kenya (28-31 March 2017) 

‘Commercial storage / postharvest recommendations for postharvest handling, packing, cooling of hort crops’ is a compendium of information and research findings on hundreds of crops.


It represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. GCCA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA with offices or affiliates in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Guatemala, India, and the United Kingdom. It works with the vision to forge a universally strong cold chain where every product retains quality and safety through each link.

Grades and Standards, Phyto-Sanitary Regulations
Agricultural Marketing Service at the US Dept. of Agriculture includes six commodity programs--Cotton, Dairy, Fruit and Vegetable, Livestock and Seed, Poultry, and Tobacco. The programs employ specialists who provide standardization, grading and market news services for those commodities. They enforce such Federal Laws as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Federal Seed Act. AMS commodity programs also oversee marketing agreements and orders, administer research and promotion programs, and purchase commodities for Federal food programs.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

A list of the APHIS/Plant Protection and Quarantine Manuals available electronically

Marketing of Agricultural Products
The Produce Reporter Company Blue Book Services allow members to check out vital business information such as credit ratings of potential buyers.

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

Tangible incentives for African countries to continue efforts to open economies and build free markets, resources African businesses can use to either search or post information on the products or services they wish to sell

The Produce Marketing Association

A not-for-profit global trade association serving over 2,400 members who market fresh fruits, vegetables, and related products worldwide.

Food Safety Information

University of California’s Food Safe program offers information for growers that assist in their efforts to protect food safety.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Any pesticide used in growing and post-harvest treatment of each produce item must be registered for use in the United States for the particular produce item. Pesticide residues must not exceed established limits.

A set of assessment guides entitled Food Safety Begins on the Farm: Good Agricultural Practices for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Cornell University’s Good Agricultural Practices Program (download from their website:  

Postharvest Handling Practices 
A wide range of fact sheets on individual fruits and vegetables, temperature recommendations for storage, links to suppliers of postharvest equipment and many reference articles on the postharvest handling of perishables.

Small Scale Postharvest Handling Practices manuals (downloads in 12 languages) 

United Nations publications on the packaging, storage, marketing or training and extension website include a variety of FAO and other publications that users can browse online or download for their personal use.

Postharvest Cooling and Storage Options for Many Commodities

The many publications, slide sets and videos developed and offered for sale by the University of California. There is also a long list of free publications available to read online or to download.

Food losses and waste

WFLO Appropriate Postharvest Technology Planning Project

Useful manuals on Food safety and Postharvest topics

A wealth of postharvest tools products for handling produce from the identifying maturity in the field to managing the ripening room at the retail level.

QA Supplies offers a 20% discount on their Produce Quality Tool Kit for our PEF network if you use the discount code word “postharvest”.

Produce Facts -Recommendations for Maintaining Postharvest Quality (UC Davis)

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