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Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  20 Mar 2017

FAO // How Access to Energy Can Influence Food Losses

By Manas Puri. The report begins by reviewing the evidence to date focussing on the magnitude and geographical distribution of food losses. In the next sections the role of energy in post-harvest losses is discussed. Thereafter, the main entry points within the food value chain where lack of access to energy is the dominant factor influencing food losses is discussed. This report outlines low cost and off-grid post-harvest cooling and processing technologies that can be made available in developing countries.

These household to community scale evaporative cooling systems, solar assisted cooling systems and as well as solar drying systems that can help increase shelf life . Additionally, through case studies, focus is laid on assessing the technical and economic feasibility of cooling and processing technologies. Finally, recommendations are made that could be incorporated to further develop food loss strategies that can classify food value chains based on their energy demand. This will enable policy makers to quickly understand the main technologies for food preservation and processing that can be introduced based on the available energy sources in a given region.

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Environment and Natural Resources Management. Working Paper (FAO) Nr. 65

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Policy Papers  |  , Resource  |  26 Jun 2017

Working Paper // Making governance work for water-energy-food nexus approaches

This CDKN working paper by Andrew Scott of the Overseas Development Institute explores the effectiveness of governing for the “water-energy-food nexus”. The author looks at approaches that understand the links between sectors,...› more

Implementation and Case Studies  |  , Resource  |  , LAC  |  26 Jun 2017

WaCClim Case Study // Water-Energy-Climate Nexus in Mexico

In Mexico, water utilities have a difficult task meeting user’s demands. Low tariffs, high water consumption, and a complicated legal framework have led to unsustainable water abstraction, high energy costs, high water loss, and...› more

Implementation and Case Studies  |  , Resource  |  , LAC  |  26 Jun 2017

WaCClim Case Study // Water-Energy-Climate Nexus in Peru

Peru is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A low-lying coastal area, with vast arid and semi-arid lands, much of Peru is liable to floods, droughts and desertification. 72% of the total number of national...› more