The issue of post-harvest losses and their impact on food safety, security and quality was brought under scrutiny during the FANRPAN Annual Policy Dialogue that was conducted in Kigali, Rwanda recently. As part of its advocacy, the PHM-SSA programme successfully conducted a session under the theme, ‘Post-Harvest Management for Improved Food Safety and Quality’.
To set the scene, Professor Joao Mutondo, FANRPAN’s Node Coordinator for Mozambique responsible for the implementation of project activities, and now Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security for the Agricultural Sector Coordination Committee, delivered the keynote presentation. His delivery touched on practical issues that the project has encountered in the country, and the impact it has had, resulting in positive policy processes, and ultimately, impacting on food security, safety and quality.
As part of proceedings, a multi-institutional panel of regional experts responded to Prof. Mutondo’s presentation, bringing in a much broader perspective to the issues that had been raised. Panelists included Mr. Arnold Chamunogwa of OXFAM, Pedro Ernest Comlan of Plateforme des Acteurs de la Société Civile du Benin (PASCiB), Dr Lucas Daniel Tivana from the Eduardo Mondlane University.
Dr. Njongenhle Nyoni of FANRPAN facilitated the session, which was attended by all the delegates in Rwanda for the FANRPAN dialogue. In summary, 109 people from 19 Countries attended the session, with delegates consisting of 9 governments representatives, 3 Regional Economic Community, 2 Intergovernmental Organizations, 24 Civil Society, 23 research Institutions, 6 Private sector representatives; 8 Farmer Organizations, and 5 partners and Donors.