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FANRPAN PHM Policy Study Validation Workshop and PHM Policy Dialogue in Cotonou, Benin
11 March 2014 - 11 March 2014

The Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa (PHM-SSA) is a project under the Global Programme Food Security (GPFS) of SDC coordinated by HELVETAS Swiss Inter-cooperation (HSI) and implemented in a consortium with FANRPAN (Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network), AFAAS (African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services) and AGRIDEA. The goal of the project is to increase food security of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through reduced postharvest losses at farm and community level. The project duration is six years.

The project aims to improve food security (increased food self-sufficiency and incomes) of smallholder men and women farmers in SSA through reduction of postharvest losses of food crops (grains and pulses) by addressing major constraining factors of technology dissemination and adoption, knowledge and information sharing, rural advisory services (RAS) and policies related to PHM. The project has a regional focus and intervention logic, including pilot activities in Benin and Mozambique.

FANRPAN in collaboration with AFAAS, national stakeholders and the FANRPAN Benin Node- PASCiB under the leadership of the Node Coordinator Mr Aurélien Atidegla convened a National PHM Policy Study Validation workshop and National Policy Dialogue at Hotel du Lac in Cotonou, Benin, from 19 -20 February 2014. In-country project partners from AFAAS and Helvetas (HSI) as well as Gloria Gummah from AFAAS Uganda and Charles Mushizi, the FANRPAN DRC Node Coordinator also participated in the workshop. Prior to the workshop, a PHM policy study was conducted in Benin by a consultancy team from the University of Abomey-Calavi comprised of Dr. Barthelemy Honfoga, Proff. Noel Akissoe, Dr. Carole Vihotogbe and Ange Guedenon.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Share and validate the draft PHM policy study evaluation report with relevant in country stakeholders;
  • Incorporate inputs from stakeholders including FANRPAN, AFAAS and HSI;
  • Identify key themes, gaps and recommendations for PHM policies; and
  • Dialogue on appropriate PHM policies for Benin.

Mr Hodonou Agossou the director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, officially opened the workshop. There was lively engagement by the 33 participants who attended the workshop and their contributions were captured in order to enrich the report. The consultancy team will incorporate inputs from the validation workshop into the final study reports before final submission.

Participants at the FANRPAN PHM Policy Study Validation Workshop

On the following day - 20th of February 2014, FANRPAN convened a PHM National Policy Dialogue at Mr Olivier Vigan the Secretary General (Permanent Secretary) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, officially opened the policy dialogue and engaged with stakeholders for the greater part of the morning. In addition, Benin Node coordinator Mr Aurélien Atidegla facilitated the discussion and kept stakeholders actively engaged. A post-harvest management policy brief based on the national post-harvest management policy review study report and recommendations from the national policy dialogue will be produced by the consultancy team.

The next FANRPAN - SDC PHM policy study validation workshop will be conducted in Mozambique, jointly with AFAAS in April.

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