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Technical Discussion Workshop and National Dialogue on Food Standards/Norms Related to Post-harvest Management
29 April 2015 - 30 April 2015
Ivone Muocha


Following the activities of the Global Program for Food Security (GPFS), the technical discussion workshop and the national dialogue on food standards/norms related to post-harvest management took place on 29-30 April 2015, at Kaya Kwanga Residential Hotel in Maputo. GPFS aims to increase food security for small holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa by reducing post-harvest losses at farm and community levels. This program is coordinated by Helvetas Swiss inter-cooperation and implemented in a consortium with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and AGRIDEA.

The first day (29th April) was dedicated to the technical discussion on food standards/norms related to post-harvest management between different key stakeholders representing public institutions, academy, business organizations, NGO's and farmer associations (annex 1, participant list, day 1). The objectives of the technical discussion were to:

  • Disseminate information about FANRPAN to the stakeholders;
  • Present the results of the study on policy analysis and regulatory frameworks for food standards/norms related to post-harvest management: Mozambique;
  • Share the information of the institutional arrangements on policy and regulatory frameworks for food standards/norms related to post-harvest management;
  • Present the vision of the private sector on food standard development;
  • Obtain feedback on the presented information from the different stakeholders;
  • Produce recommendations for the decision-makers on policy and regulatory frameworks on food standards/norms related to post-harvest management.

The second day (30th April) was set aside for a national dialogue on food standards/norms related to post-harvest management. The same stakeholders that attended the technical discussion workshop were represented (annex 2, participant list, day 2). The objectives of the second day were to:

  • Disseminate information about FANRPAN to the stakeholders and the government representatives;
  • Present a summary of the study on policy and regulatory frameworks for food standards/norms related to post-harvest management: Mozambique;
  • Present results of the technical discussion on food standards/norms related to post-harvest management;
  • Obtain feedback form the different stakeholders on the presented information.

In order to accomplish the above stated objectives, the technical discussion and the workshop were conducted following the program presented in annex 3. Dr Joao Mutondo, presented the objectives and the program to the participants. After that, each participant was invited to introduce themselves. The next section describes the main points discussed in the technical discussion workshop and in the national dialogue for each objective stated.


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