Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses for Food Security

What is the Project About?


Increasing cereal production, (rice, maize and wheat) in DPR Korea has achieved some degree of success not only because of increased yield per crop but also because of increased intensity of cropping. However, while production has increased, so have cost of inputs and post-production losses. It has been estimated that rice, maize and wheat post harvest losses could be 15.56, 16.6 and 16.35 percent, respectively.

While considerable attention has been given to boost cereal production, relatively less has gone to ensure that cereal produced are safely harvested, processed and distributed for consumption. The project thus seeks to improve harvesting, handling, drying, storage, and milling.


As of September 2013, the post-harvest project has trained a core team of five master trainers in the post-harvest handling of grains. Four assessments have been completed that provide information on the status of post-harvest losses in rice, maize and wheat in the DPR Korea. Four county post-harvest teams and 60 farmers at six farms have been trained in post-harvest handling of grains. Six demonstration farms have been established, each capable of reducing current post-harvest losses by at least half.

Source of Funds:

Source of Funds: Project Budget: 
UNDP TRAC US$ 1,575,062