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Postharvest knowledge is the  

Knowledge of:

The  commodity / commodities (varieties /species & chemical, physical, biological/microbial composition etc)

The nature and extent of the problem and at what stage of the chain

Environmental conditions – weather (RH, temperature)

Storage requirements, techniques & technologies

Processing techniques / treatments  & technologies

Packaging requirements, materials, techniques, technologies

Best practices – low tech / intermediate / high tech (costs)

Engineering, food science, microbiology, pests, production factors, harvesting, transport/logistics, food regulations

Markets & market requirements – domestic & export

Quality assurance / food safety systems

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