April 2017

Lost potential: mango loss and waste in Senegal

An estimated 65% of mangos in Senegal are wasted every year, equating to around 88,000 tonnes.  The main causes of this waste are fruit fly, infrastructural challenges, weakness of cold storage methods, harvest management, cosmetic specifications, and local market saturation. Exporting companies select mangos from farms based on cosmetic appearance. The result is that farmers are left with large amounts of mangos on their trees which are unsold.

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