In Nampula province, Mozambique a
writeshop to develop 4 posters on a)
best PHM practices, b) drying technologies,
c) metal silos and d) traditional improved
silos was held from 10 to 13 August
2015, by HELVETAS and AFAAS.
The posters are about to be finalised by
a professional illustrator. Moreover, Sensitization
meetings on the results of
the studies were carried out in Nampula
province, on 14 August 2015.
In Nampula, Mozambique, FANRPAN
conducted a local sensitization workshop
on food standards and norms and a writeshop to develop a range of
sensitization material for policy work on
local level, among others translating
main findings of national policy studies
into a language accessible to stakeholders
at district level.
HELVETAS Mozambique started the
cascade training of farmers in Cabo
Delgado and Nampula and trained 58
(27 women) farmers. See first picture on
the right below.
Further, the experimental production of
3 types of metal silos (200kg, 400kg,
800kg) started in the communities and 5
community based artisans and 1 master
trainer were trained in the production of
the metal silos. See second picture on
the right below.
Two fairs were held in Chiure, Mozambique during the visit of Mr. President
of Republic of Mozambique and in collaboration
with Ministry of Science and
Technology. See third picture on the
In Benin and Mozambique, workshops
for the validation of 4 business models
proposed for dissemination of PHM
technologies were carried out. In both
countries, stakeholders prioritized the
cooperation between public and private
organizations as the most promising
way to introduce metal silos and other
PHM practices to farmers in rural areas.
In Benin, participatory validation of triple
bags, zero fly bags and improved clay
silos are ongoing (43 farms, 148 trials).
In Benin a workshop on "good postharvest
practices dissemination" was
held on 14 and 15 July 2015, PHM RAS
tools were further elaborated and a road
map for their dissemination defined.
The workshop was attended by producers,
farmer organisations, local radios,
microfinance institutions, craftsmen,
post-harvest specialists, researchers,
local elected officials, specialists in
broadcast video, NGOs and staff of
HELVETAS, FANRPAN and AFAAS
See report attached to this newsletter.
AFAAS showcased the PHM-SSA project
work in a number of events; 1)
Conference on Post-Harvest and Agroprocessing
extension in Hawassa, Ethiopia
were the Ethiopian State Minister of
Agriculture visited the PHM-SSA stall, 2)
Annual Source of the Nile International
Agricultural Show in Jinja, Uganda,
where many international participants
visited the PHM-SSA stall and registered
to participate in the PHM ediscussions.
Upcoming EVENTS and JOINT ACTIVITIES
ALL: Please save the date!
1-7 November 2015: Joint review
and planning week of all
partners and both pilot countries,
Showcase of the PHM-SSA
project work at the Post-
Harvest Management (PHM) /
Food Loss Reduction (FLR)
Workshop jointly organized
by SDC and WFP, from 7 to 11
September 2015 in Jinja,
The AFAAS Africa Wide Agricultural
Extension Week will
take place from 12 to 16 October
2015, Hilton Hotel, in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia. The PHM
-SSA project will hold a side
event on the 12th October
2015, focusing on the role of
private sector in delivery of
equipment, and rural advisory
services for post-harvest management.
For more details, email
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FANRPAN, AFAAS and
HELVETAS Benin organize a
joint "Week of Action" in
Savalou and Boukombé -
24 to 30 September - by broad
dissemination of PHM tools and
results and awareness creation
through radio broadcasts, fairs
and local policy.
A similar Week of Action is going
to be organized jointly by all
partners in Mozambique by late
Sept. / early October. Dates to
The Quarterly Planning Review
with partners in Pemba,
Mozambique takes place the
1st fortnight of September
The second round of e-discussions on the PHM e-learning exchange platform was
re-launched after the first round which faced some technical challenges. The discussion
on "Post Harvest loss Management improves after access to markets improves"
is broken into three discussion threads: a) Does post-harvest loss management improve
if farmer access to markets improves? b) Use of chemical preservatives to
avoid loss of grain during storage, c) Warehouse receipt systems and post-harvest
management of cereals and grains. The AFAAS team is doing an effort to engage
more registered participants including the PHM consortium members to contribute to
the discussions. Another round of e-discussions will be launched soon. We look forward
to your active participation. If you did not yet register, please send your names
and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Moreover, the creation of a French platform is planned and will be led by the AFAAS
team in Benin.
HELVETAS Mozambique contacted partners and other public and private partners
in 2 provinces; MMI Steel (Kiboko), a galvanized metal sheet producer company,
interested on promotions of metal silos and sheets for roofing. KIBOKO will cofinance
some promotion materials as well as activities like radio programmes (see
first draft of Agreement). GAPI Lda (Micro finance institution), COOSEN (input provider)
were also contacted and willing to cooperate on the provision of inputs and technologies.
The first two policy briefs on national PHM policies in Benin and Mozambique were
posted on the FAO CoP web page and the policy briefs are presently translated to
French (Policy brief Benin) and Portuguese (Policy brief Mozambique). FANRPAN's
website was linked to the FAO/IFAD/WFP CoP website on PHL. Moreover, the
website will be announced through the SAVE FOOD Newsletter, issued in August or
The second policy brief developed by FANRPAN on frameworks for food
standards and norms related to PHM of staple grains in Benin is ready for layout
and submission to SDC for final approval (Final draft policy brief is attached to
the newsletter). The same policy brief for Mozambique is in process.
New policy studies about gender roles and relationships in current PHM policies in
Benin and Mozambique were commissioned by FANRPAN in July. The studies aim
is to analyze current policies and legislation on gender and social equity in the countries
that are relevant to PHM, in particular with regard to decision making, work division
and sharing of benefits from PHM of basic grains between women/men, different
age, ethnicity and other social groups. The studies shall identify relevant gaps in
the legal frameworks and develop strategies how to improve them.
For the production of the planned didactic video on PHM of maize in Benin / WAfrica the Beninese NGO Songhai was mandated. The start of the video casting
is planned for October.
Further, AFAAS Benin is developing a series of fact sheets (current in draft version)
which are going to be shared soon.
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Mr. Célcio Barroso was recruited as new project officer based in Nampula. His
contact information is email@example.com.
An agreement with MMI Steel, interested in the promotion of metal silos and
sheets for roofing, was submitted for signature.
A new PHM project, funded by SDC, is to be implemented in Cabo Delgado by
INOVAGRO and first contacts were established.
Mr. Jerry Egessa, who supporting coordination of PHM project activities at
AFAAS headquarters was nominated by AFAAS Secretariat for an e-capacities
Decision Systems Matrix (DSM) training organised by the African Forum for
Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). This tool may contribute to tracking the
demand and supply human resource capacities in agricultural research and
development including PHM.
FANRPAN in Mozambique was contracted by CEPPAGRI to develop a PHM
Strategy for Mozambique as well as by BOLSA de Mercadorias e INNoQ to
work together on food standards and norms.