Groundnuts form the basis for food and nutrition security for the majority of the smallholder farmers and are a vital component in the livelihoods of rural families. The challenge is that the groundnuts of these smallholder farmers are prone to Aflatoxin contamination. The contamination can occur any time from pre-harvest to post-harvest and has enormous health and economic consequence. Investing in pre- and post-harvest loss research, technical advice and policy advocacy to reduce food losses could significantly increase the food and nutrition security.
The Food, Agriculture and Natural resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN: www.fanrpan.org) is welcoming an additional project to its Food Systems and Nutrition Thematic Area. From 6 to 9 July 2015, FANRPAN attend the Kick-Off Workshop of the new research and capacity development project called "NutriHAF Africa - Diversifying agriculture for balanced nutrition through fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems in Ethiopia and Madagascar". The workshop was held at Jupiter International Hotel - Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Agriculture Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is characterized by poor post-harvest practices. Post-harvest losses (PHL) in SSA are the highest in the world (PHL) amounting to between 26% and 36%. This corresponds to 120-170kg/capita year of production losses of edible parts of the food. Poor post-harvest practices are related to financial, technical and managerial limitations of farmers, who mainly consist of poor smallholders. PHL contribute significantly to food insecurity in rural and urban areas in most of SSA countries.
Research at the global level has shown that halving losses and waste along the food value-chain would save food resources equivalent to 25% of current agricultural production. The level of PHLs in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) is comparable to a devastating disease, ignored by the victims themselves. Indeed, although PHLs are silently compromising farmers' food security and development, most of them pay little attention to the phenomenon, either despairing of acquiring affordable technologies to address it or by accepting it as fate of nature.
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.
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 postharvest 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.