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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

In this module, you will become familiar with the course, your instructor, your classmates, and our learning environment.

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1 video (Total 12 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
4 readings
Syllabus10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
4 hours to complete

Week 1: Problem: Global Postharvest Loss

This module will provide you with an overview of the issue of postharvest loss (PHL) and how this impacts global food security and sustainability. It will also define the postharvest supply chain.

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3 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Week 2: Causes: Major Causes & Encounters for PHL

This module will introduce you to technical, social, and economic factors and situations that lead to postharvest losses. Harvesting, drying, and storage phases will be specifically covered as stages that are both vital in the grain supply chain and in which a great deal of postharvest losses are experienced.

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6 videos (Total 81 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
2.2.3. Grain Cleaning: Methods and Equipment 8m
2.3. Grain Storage and Management 12m
2.4 The Economics of Postharvest Loss: Structural Issues 18m
2 readings
Week 2 Overview10m
Week 2 Readings and Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz40m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Week 3: Solutions: A Prevention Framework for PHL

This module will introduce you to a conceptual framework for how losses can be prevented. Theories, methods, and case examples on prevention will be covered.

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9 videos (Total 95 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
3.2.3. Enabling Good Decisions by Creating a Market-Like Environment 5m
3.3. Effective Extension for the Prevention of Postharvest Losses 12m
3.4. Working in Subsistence Marketplaces 7m
3.5. Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services 13m
3.6. Understanding Subsistence Marketplaces 11m
3.7. Designing Solutions 10m
2 readings
Week 3 Overview10m
Week 3 Readings and Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz40m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Week 4: Actors: A Network of Global Stakeholders

In this module you will explore how the international community is responding to the issue of postharvest loss. The module will cover the current state of the postharvest loss prevention field, as well as provide background as to how it developed. Some key projects, initiatives, and approaches will be highlighted.

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5 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 readings
Week 4 Overview10m
Week 4 Readings and Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz40m
Final Quiz1h 16m
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Top reviews from Global Postharvest Loss Prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors

By NGJan 19th 2017

Thanks for offering a very much informative course. Look forward for more courses in this field.\n\nThanks a lot for all the lectures and Coursera!

By MENov 28th 2016

A wonderful piece and a great eye opener on issues of post harvest losses and food security in general. Thanks for the course , nice move.

Instructor

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Dr. Prasanta Kalita

Director of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

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