The Post-Harvest Management Sub-Saharan Africa Programme consortium attended the All Africa PHM Congress held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 17 to 20 September 2019. Held at the African Union Headquarters, under the theme ‘Postharvest Loss Reduction and Agro-processing: Drivers of Agricultural Transformation in Africa’, the objective of the congress was to bring together diverse stakeholders, including policy makers, private sector actors, development agencies, civil society, researchers, academics, farmers, processors to a platform that would facilitate learning, sharing of information, and promote the building of networks and partnerships aimed at addressing the pertinent issue of postharvest loss reduction in the African context. To deliver on this objective,
congress sub-themes included the following;
· Science, technology and innovation in Postharvest Management and Agro-processing
· Capacity development and outreach programs in Postharvest Management
· Private sector initiatives in Postharvest Loss Reduction and Agro-processing
· Public sector initiatives in Postharvest Loss Reduction and Agro-processing: Policy, Strategies and Regulations
· Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) in Postharvest Management and Agro-processing
· Youth and women empowerment through Postharvest Management and Agro-processing
As part of its contribution to the consortium, FANRPAN prepared and submitted a paper on ‘The benefits of PHM investments and Approaches for Governments to design suitable policies’, as well as poster presentation for the exhibition booth. The poster presented the findings of a Cost-Benefit analysis conducted on metal silos, hermetic bags and traditional storage technologies for smallholder farmers in Mozambique and Benin, given the market behaviours between post-harvest and lean seasons. Dr. Tshilidzi Madzivhandila, the CEO and Head of Mission of FANRPAN also participated as a panelist on sub-theme 4, which focused on capacity development and outreach programs in postharvest management and agro-processing.
The Post-Harvest Congress also served as an opportunity for the different partners implementing the PHM-SSA programme to come together, especially in mounting and manning the exhibition booth. Apart from building and strengthen linkages and partnerships, the joint booth enabled the partners to collectively generate awareness on food losses and waste through data and information that was presented; as well as showcase effective strategies, technologies, practices, initiatives for postharvest loss reduction.