Topic outline

  • The course provides an overview of the harvesting and post-harvest handling machinery that can enable small- to medium-scale farmers to harvest and process their crops quickly, while significantly reducing drudgery – and more importantly, losses. Such machinery can also help farmers to store their harvested products to keep them safe, nutritious and optimal for sale and self-consumption.


      • System Requirements

        The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.

        The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

        • Audience

          The primary audience for this course includes:

          • Smallholder farmers and youth interested in mechanization hire service provision.
          • Existing or new mechanization hire service providers along the food value chain.
          • Specialists and trainers for mechanization and agri-business, including hire service provision.

          • You will learn about

            • Options available for small-scale mechanized harvesting and basic post-harvest handling operations for maize and rice.
            • Components and mechanism of a rice combine harvester.
            • Functions and mechanism of threshers, shellers and mills.
            • Storage technologies available for harvested grain.

            • Partners

              International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center German Development Agency German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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