Infrared thermal imaging: a practical educational tool to improve smallholder farmer postharvest practice in Fiji

Underhill, Steven J. R., Zhou, Yuchan and Kumar, Salesh (2017) Infrared thermal imaging: a practical educational tool to improve smallholder farmer postharvest practice in Fiji. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, 18 2: 75-78. doi:10.1080/10496505.2016.1275647


Author Underhill, Steven J. R.
Zhou, Yuchan
Kumar, Salesh
Title Infrared thermal imaging: a practical educational tool to improve smallholder farmer postharvest practice in Fiji
Journal name Journal of Agricultural and Food Information   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-6505
1540-4722
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10496505.2016.1275647
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 75
End page 78
Total pages 4
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract Here we discuss the novel application of handheld infrared thermal imagery as a learning tool to help smallholder farmers improve postharvest temperature management. Farmers in the Fiji Islands were trained in using a handheld thermal camera to view a series of on-farm demonstrations highlighting the consequence of poor postharvest practice. We observed that smallholder farmers accurately interpreted thermal imagery and the implication of poor practices. Our results showed thermal imagery has the potential to better communicate fundamental concepts of postharvest management. The availability of a range of iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms also means this technology can be widely accessible.
Keyword Smallholder farmers
Postharvest food loss
Temperature management
Infrared thermal imagery
Agricultural training
Education tool
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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