Estimates of postharvest produce losses vary but are massive, representing numerous types of waste which could be prevented. This compilation contains resource and country papers presented at two APO seminars on the topic and covers all actors in postharvest management.
HACCP is the internationally recognized system for the management of food safety for all involved in the production, processing, storage, and distribution of food for human consumption. This volume contains five international resource papers and 16 country papers emphasizing the importance of HACCP and how it can be adopted by SMEs in the food sector.
The risks of overreliance on chemical inputs in agriculture are widely recognized. The papers contained here point out that the success of nonpesticide approaches to controlling plant and insect pests require concerted efforts by farmers, policy shifts on plant protection, better labeling of agrifood products, and informed consumer choices.
While the Asian financial crisis of 1997 obviously affected banking and business, its impact on agriculture was also profound, in many cases hitting the poorest social sectors the hardest. Papers from 11 APO members and three resource persons examine the lingering effects and how they could be mitigated in the event of a similar future crisis.
The development of nonfarm jobs in rural areas leads to more stable growth of the overall economy. Papers from 17 APO member countries examine issues in and methods to promote the development of agroindustries, rural–urban linkages, and nonfarm enterprises in the countryside.
Based on the presentations and proceedings of an APO study mission to Japan, this compilation showcases successful rural-based food-processing SMEs, many of which took a participatory integrated rural development approach to overcome constraints and contribute to enhanced farm incomes and the slowing of outmigration to urban areas.
Papers from 15 APO members conclude that agricultural diversification is a key to improved productivity and competitiveness, although several preconditions must generally be met before agricultural products can comply with international requirements.
Farming sustainably in inherently fragile upland areas, which have often been subjected to intensive low-yield agriculture for centuries, requires technical and institutional inputs that are not always available. Potential solutions that could make upland agriculture more productive and environmentally beneficial are described.
Appropriate land-use planning requires that slopelands be classified with the integrated use of technologies like GIS, remote sensing, and 3D mapping, preferably combined with local knowledge, to protect them while raising their productivity. This volume details how selected APO members are attempting to improve national land-use classifications.