Improving Poor Farmers' Livelihoods through Postharvest Technology


Project 37666-012
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Type Grant
Sector Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development
Country Regional
Start 2003
End 2010
Status Closed
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 750

Project Description

The overall objective is to address food security issues and to improve the livelihoods of poor farmers by reducing postharvest losses in rice. The objective will be achieved by building the capacity of farmers intermediary institutions(FIIs) that can effectively extend information and empower farmers. The immediate objectives are to (i) reduce losses due to poor postharvest techniques and storage that results in spoilage, wastage, and quality deterioration; (ii) strengthen rice milling technology to reduce loss during milling and improve the quality of milled rice; (iii) increase farmers- financial return on rice through better understanding of the rice market; and (iv) establish a network of postharvest practitioners that will continue to build postharvest information and technology, share market intelligence, and deliver information to poor farmers.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Project closed


Contact 1
Contact Name Makin, Ian William
Organization Asian Development Bank
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

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  • Three farmers intermediary institutions in each GMS country capable of training farmers in cost effective postharvest technologies, needs analysis, market survey analysis, and effective extension of information to farmers. At least 800 poor households in 8 villages (2 villages in 2 regions in each country achieved greater return on rice; at least 10 rice millers utilizing improved rice milling techniques; and changed in postharvest practices and decreased losses observed; meetings of a network of postharvest practitioners exchanged information initiated at national and regional levels; and an operational plan to continue activities.