Ending hunger and malnutrition are at the centre of African Union (AU) AGENDA 2063 aspirations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Whilst most efforts have centred on improving production efficiencies as a way of guaranteeing food and nutrition security, there is a realisation that the avoidance of food loss is a viable strategy. Reducing post-harvest losses (PHL) is one of the key targets of the AU the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Malabo commitments and the SDGs (i.e., target 12.3). According to a 2015 Rockefeller Foundation report prepared by Deloitte & Touch, SSA has been noted to have the highest PHL when compared to other regions in the world. Common causes of PHL are inadequate handling and storage practices at the household level. Food losses in SSA are estimated to be worth $4 billion per year, an amount which can feed 48 million people (FAO, 2013).
Losses on grains are estimated to be high and account for about 25% of the total crop harvested. PHL in grains and pulses are constraining food and nutrition security in SSA. By significantly lowering the quality and volume of food available for consumption and sale, PHL reduces household nutrient availability and income. With food loss occurring along the entire value chain, there is need to deepen understanding of the potential benefits of investing in PHM innovations. Over the last 10 years, state and non-state actors have developed and promoted various PHM technologies in the region, albeit, with no broad adoption by the intended beneficiaries as a result of various factors. Africa as a continent has made efforts to promote adoption of PHM in its members. Pursuant to the goal, the AU developed and launched a continental Post-harvest Loss Management Strategy in 2018. The overall objective of the strategy to effectively guide and coordinate PHL initiatives at the regional and national levels towards achieving reduced losses in line with the Malabo Declaration and SDG targets.
A number of NGOs and funders that include FANRPAN, CARE, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), HELVETAS, etc. have been supporting AU Member States to implement PHM and/or PHL initiatives at national and regional levels.
Post-Harvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
Regional Multi-stakeholder Dialogue
12-13 August 2020 | 14:00 – 16:00 (SAST)
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