To develop, validate and transfer needs assessment methodologies for post-harvest systems (farmer to consumer) of non-grain starch staples (cassava, sweet potato, cooking banana and plantain). To evaluate opportunities for technical interventions at the household/ community level of appropriate technologies to (a) reduce food losses and improve food availability, (b) maintain/ improve food qualities and (c) add value through storage or processing and thus income generation. Effective needs assessment methodologies are vital to ensure that research and technology transfer is demand led and thus more effective for non-grain starch staples in traditional subsistence farming systems.
International Potato Center, Social Science Department Working Paper No 1998-7. International Potato Center, Peru, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) and Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK. ISSN: 0256-8748, 100 pp.