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Technologies for Horticultural Development

This fact sheet is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the Horticulture Innovation Lab and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the U.S. Government.

In manydeveloping countries, the rate of postharvest loss for fruits and vegetables exceeds 50 percent. Cool storage can
greatly reduce these losses, increasing income for farmers. Cool storage is virtually non-existent due to the high cost of
equipment and lack of knowledge about the benefits of cooling produce. Temperature control alone can extend shelf life by
weeks or even months.

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