Agriculture and Food Security

Research-to-Action: Reducing Post-Harvest Loss Among Low-Income Farmers in India

In India, 60% of food is lost or wasted between the field and the end-consumer. The wastage is concentrated among a few crops, with fruits, vegetables and cereals being especially vulnerable. One of the biggest challenges facing farmers is the lack of affordable on-farm cold storage for their produce. To address this issue, a team from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has designed and evaluated an off-grid, clean energy cooling system for low-income farmers. Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) team member Dr. Marlene Lee recently led a virtual Research-to-Action workshop to guide the IARI team in promoting the use of its research among key stakeholders.

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