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2023-07-20Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/27094
Determinants of postharvest losses along the baobab value chain in Malawi
dc.contributor.authorCossam, Foster Geoffrey
dc.contributor.authorDzanja, Joseph Kuyamba
dc.contributor.authorKamwana, Bonet
dc.contributor.authorOlumeh, Dennis
dc.contributor.authorMithöfer, Dagmar
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-16T11:36:07Z
dc.date.available2023-08-16T11:36:07Z
dc.date.issued2023-07-20none
dc.date.updated2023-08-03T09:38:08Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/27761
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: Wild fruits like Baobab are gaining status as a valuable food resource worldwide. As with other crops, the reduction of post-harvest losses is critical to enhancing sustainable utilisation of wild food resources. However, little information is documented on the magnitude and determinants of post-harvest losses (PHLs) amongst Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), and baobab in particular. Methods: This study used cross-sectional data collected from six districts to analyse PHLs along the baobab value chain in Malawi. A multistage sampling technique was used to sample 405 collectors, 96 traders, and 316 processors. Two-limit Tobit models were used to ascertain correlates of PHLs at each value chain level. The study quantified the value of PHLs and assessed the effect of socioeconomic factors on PHLs amongst baobab actors. Results: We found that actors in the baobab value chain lose 7.78% of the total value of products held through PHLs. The results also showed that different sets of socioeconomic factors variably influenced PHLs amongst different value chain actors in the baobab value chain. For instance, gender was found to only correlate with PHLs amongst collectors. Whilst marital status was positively correlated with PHLs amongst collectors, and had a negative relationship amongst processors. PHLs at traders’ level are influenced by the number of people employed by an actor, the ability of customers to specify product attributes, and a proportional reduction in sales volume due to COVID-19. The study recommends the provision of training in PHLs management, and the formulating and enforcing of Baobab product handling standards.eng
dc.language.isoengnone
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
dc.rights(CC BY 4.0) Attribution 4.0 Internationalger
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectbaobab (Adansonia digitata L.)eng
dc.subjectpost-harvest losses (PHL)eng
dc.subjectMalawieng
dc.subjectvalue chaineng
dc.subjectnon-timber forest product (NTFP)eng
dc.subject.ddc630 Landwirtschaft und verwandte Bereichenone
dc.titleDeterminants of postharvest losses along the baobab value chain in Malawinone
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-110-18452/27761-8
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/27094
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionnone
local.edoc.pages11none
local.edoc.type-nameZeitschriftenartikel
local.edoc.container-typeperiodical
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dc.description.versionPeer Reviewednone
dc.identifier.eissn2571-581X
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.3389/fsufs.2023.1119107none
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleFrontiers in sustainable food systemsnone
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume7none
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber1119107none
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameFrontiers Medianone
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceLausannenone
bua.departmentLebenswissenschaftliche Fakultätnone

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