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Open Access Commentary

Establishment of a world food preservation center

Charles L Wilson

Author Affiliations

Wilson Associates International LLC, Box 1194, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443, USA

Agriculture & Food Security 2013, 2:1  doi:10.1186/2048-7010-2-1

Published: 1 January 2013

Abstract

A World Food Preservation Center (WFPC) is proposed in response to a pending civilization-threatening food shortage and our limited ability to adequately increase food production. Some estimates put losses of food in developing countries after it is produced and before it is consumed at 50%. These losses are particularly threatening to individuals and farmers who are living in the midst of food insecurity. Although numerous organizations have attempted to address this problem worldwide, the magnitude of the effort has not come close to the enormity of the problem. Most of these programs are also short-term and require continuous input by postharvest specialists from developed countries in order to be sustainable. A critical need exists for a substantial and sustainable worldwide program that can significantly reduce losses and waste of food in developing countries. The World Food Preservation Center proposed here meets this need by educating young scientists in developing countries about low-input, appropriate technologies for preserving food postharvest. It also conducts research on postharvest technologies especially suited for application in developing countries such as biological control, solar refrigeration, and coordinated transport and marketing schemes that support and sustain the local production of food commodities.

Keywords:
Food insecurity; Postharvest losses; Developing countries; Postharvest food preservation