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Wastage in Food Value Chains in Developing Countries: Evidence from the Potato Sector in Asia

Food Security in a Food Abundant World

ISBN: 978-1-78560-215-3, eISBN: 978-1-78560-214-6

ISSN: 1574-8715

Publication date: 12 January 2016


Practical implications

The use of cold storage facilities can minimize the level of wastage in the potato distribution chain. Studies of this type of storage for other countries and commodities can identify opportunities in which adoption of cold storage can provide the greatest contributions toward the elimination of food wastage.




The surveys that the study relies upon were financed by the Asian Development Bank (through the 13th Reta grant). We would like to acknowledge the support and guidance as well as the stimulating questions from Ashok Gulati and Lourdes Adriano, the overall managers of this research project. Bart Minten would also like to acknowledge his association as research fellow with Licos-KULeuven. We would further like to thank various people who contributed to the study: we appreciate the help of Data Ltd for the Bangladesh case study; Suneet Singh for the India case study; and Kevin Chen, Kan Zhang, and Xinwang Guo for the China case study. We would also like to thank Gopal Naik, Sukhpal Singh, and Grahame Dixie and participants at workshops in Delhi for their useful comments and insights on earlier versions of the chapter. However, the authors are solely responsible for content.


Minten, B., Reardon, T., Gupta, S.D., Hu, D. and Murshid, K.A.S. (2016), "Wastage in Food Value Chains in Developing Countries: Evidence from the Potato Sector in Asia", Food Security in a Food Abundant World (Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 225-238.



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