Volume 3, Issue 6-1, December 2014, Page: 31-37
Conceptual Framework for Estimating Postharvest Losses in Food Supply Chains: the Case of Plantain Fruits in Nigeria
Kwami Justina Kenobi Morris, Department of Agribusiness and Information Systems, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Nitty Hirawaty Kamarulzaman, Department of Agribusiness and Information Systems, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Received: Oct. 5, 2014;       Accepted: Oct. 16, 2014;       Published: Dec. 11, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijber.s.2014030601.15      View  5421      Downloads  507
Abstract
Postharvest losses which refer to the measurable quantitative and qualitative food losses in any agro-food supply chain account for significant amounts of food loss. Lack of consistent information on exact amount of losses and assessment methods further complicate the problems and makes solutions very difficult. Plantain also known as cooking banana is an important staple food and cash crop in Nigeria with observed high postharvest losses. The current study proposes a conceptual framework for directly estimating postharvest losses and identifying causative factors using a commodity system approach.
Keywords
Postharvest, Losses, Food Supply Chain, Plantain, Nigeria, Causative Factors
To cite this article
Kwami Justina Kenobi Morris, Nitty Hirawaty Kamarulzaman, Conceptual Framework for Estimating Postharvest Losses in Food Supply Chains: the Case of Plantain Fruits in Nigeria, International Journal of Business and Economics Research. Special Issue: Supply Chain Management: Its Theory and Applications. Vol. 3, No. 6-1, 2014, pp. 31-37. doi: 10.11648/j.ijber.s.2014030601.15
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