Extension of Small-Scale Postharvest Horticulture Technologies - A Model Training and Services Center
World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) evaluated the Postharvest Technology and Service Center (PTSC) model, which is designed to build capacity, reduce food losses, and improve the effectiveness of food security programming. Some of the lessons learned included how a package of postharvest information, technical training, demonstrations, tools, and advice on costs/benefits can spur economic development when individuals gain confidence and are willing to invest in improved technologies. A key finding was that the success of the pilot project was due to the combination of extensive and intensive training of trainers followed up with providing those trained with postharvest tools and long-term mentoring. Results from the evaluation are available in “Extension of Small-Scale Postharvest Horticulture Technologies—A Model Training and Services Center” in the journal Agriculture.