Wastage and Cold Chain Infrastructure Relationship in Indian Food Supply Chain: A Study From Farm to Retail

Wastage and Cold Chain Infrastructure Relationship in Indian Food Supply Chain: A Study From Farm to Retail

Saurav Negi (University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India) and Neeraj Anand (University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3056-5.ch014

Abstract

India, the world's second-largest producer and one of the centers of origin of Fruits and Vegetables is also one of the biggest food wasters in the world. The challenge of feeding India's billion plus people is not really about agriculture and food production but getting the quality food to the concerned people in a right time. The biggest contributors to this waste are lack of temperature controlled transport and inadequate quality of cold storage facilities for both Farmers and Food sellers i.e. retailers. What India lacks, and needs, is a well-developed, world-class cold chain infrastructure. Without it, India's problems are vast and likely to grow. In this chapter, the authors tries to outlines the extent of Fruits and Vegetables waste in India (at various stages from farm to retail) and its ramifications on food production and safety. Authors also highlighted the challenges faced by cold chain sector in India and a roadmap for improvements. As Indian economy is based on agriculture, development of Cold Chain infrastructure from farm to retail points will play a crucial role.
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Background

This section discusses the current Scenerio of Fruits and Vegetables production in India and its worldwide status. It has been seen that India is among the world’s largest food producer and serving the food consumer all across the globe.

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