Post-harvest Skills (Rice: Post-production to Market)
Preventable post-production losses deprive farmers and other chain actors of food security and income. Post-harvest losses, in SE Asia, for example, typically range from 15-25% in weight with additional losses of 10-30% from reduction of quality. Post-harvest management offers significant potential to increase food security and generate greater incomes. The 2-week Rice: Post-production to Market introduces participants from all sectors, including research, extension, NGOs and private sector representatives, to critical issues and challenges in reducing postproduction losses. This includes: 1) being able to identify and measure losses at all points in the post-production chain, from harvest to market; 2) evaluating technology options for harvesting, threshing, drying, storage, and milling of paddy; and 3) learning how to use methodologies and tools to assess local post-harvest chains, map actors, and use a business plan for introducing or scaling out suitable technology options.
Rice: Post-production to Market will provide the knowledge and skills to help postproduction actors reduce these losses and increase value from a rice crop. Participants will leave the course qualified to evaluate and introduce improved technologies to farmers and other actors for better post-production management.
Participants will gain knowledge and skills in the design and management of postproduction processes. Successful candidates will be awarded the IRRI Accredited Postharvest Trainer which qualifies them in:
- Practical post-production skills.
- Use of the IRRI Quality Kit for assessing the quality of paddy, milled rice & seeds.
- Understanding rice markets and rice quality standards.
- Selection of suitable technology and management options for post-production.
- Developing a project design framework and a business plan involving multiple ‘actors’ in the post-production landscape.
- Familiarity with post-harvest knowledge resources.
A maximum of 25 participants will be representatives of national agricultural systems, NGOs and the private sector. The persons selected will be involved in postproduction activities and will have the potential to provide leadership in developing and addressing post-production challenges and opportunities in their work.