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Summary Report: Workshop Reflection on Extension of Good Post- Harvest Practice
25 August 2015

The consortium composed of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) and Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in association with African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and AGRIDEA ran a program on "Reducing Post Harvest Losses " of family farms and at the level of farmers' organizations to improve the food security of small producers Saharan Africa." The first phase of this program is implemented in Benin and Mozambique.

In order to identify innovative ways to disseminate PHM tools and technologies, the national coordination of AFAAS-Benin in collaboration with HELVETAS convened a workshop to reflect on suitable tools and channels that will help disseminate storage systems to reduce post-harvest losses. This workshop was attended by forty people involved in various aspects of extension of post-harvest technologies and dissemination tools. These are producers, representatives of farmer organisations, local radios leaders, representatives of microfinance institutions, the private sector ensuring the supply of products and conservation technologies, craftsmen, post-harvest specialists, researchers, local elected officials, specialists in broadcast video, the heads of Rural Development, Non Governmental Organizations and representatives of staff HELVETAS, FANRPAN and AFAAS.

After the welcome address of the AFAAS-Benin Coordinator, the floor was given to presentations Evelyne SISSINTO from HSI Benin gave a presentation on the PHM project and its objectives. She ended her presentation by a quick view of completed and ongoing activities. Among the acheivements of the project there are a training manual on maize and cowpea; data sheets on the storage and conservation of maize and cowpea; posters; Video on the preservation and storage of cowpea and video on the storage and conservation of maize.

Mr Philbert AIGBANVI, the head of rural development in the municipality of Savalou, shared with the participants, the experience of his department in the PHM. It is clear from his speech that the PHM has a scant attention among the activities carried out in the department (SCDA: Secteur Communal de Développement Agricole) of Savalou. Mr. Patrice AKAKPO, on behalf of the company Sahel explained the efforts of his company to promote improved technologies to reduce post-harvest losses. They specifically promote the use of PVC containers of 25 liters as means of storage and conservation. Dr. Brice GBAGUIDI, on behalf of the team of consultants, presented the topics covered in the various data sheets, posters and training manuals as part of the achievements of project. For a second time, Evelyne SISSINTO gave a brief presentation on the metallic silo as well as pricing. Dr. Florent Okry from Access Agriculture (International Access Agriculture NGO), gave a presentation on behalf of Dr. Augustin KOUEVI. He presented a paper on strategies of videos dissemination for impact. He addressed three points in the presentation: the difference between a video and an ordinary agricultural training video; principles of video mediated learning and monitoring and evaluation tools distributions. Mr. Lionel Guezodje, Chairman of FUPRO (Fédération des Unions des Producteurs) presented a Collaboration Communication on the partnership between the public sector and FUPRO as part of the dissemination of innovations. He shared the experience of his institution with the participants. FUPRO is the largest federation of producers of Benin with a membership of 780,000 farmers out of the 3.5 million farmers of Benin.

In between this series of presentation, participants also attended a video projection on the storage and conservation of the cowpea. After all this, the participants were invited to group work. A total of four groups were formed according to the following themes:

  • Group 1: Public-private partnership
  • Group 2: The broadcasting of videos: prerequisites and impact assessment
  • Group 3: Training groups in cascades of each level
  • Group 4: Thinking about organizing PHM awareness week
A plenary session followed the group work.

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