Plolicy Brief Series 4/2018

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Attainment of food, income and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa remains curtailed by the inability of food producers, consumers, their national governments and other food value chain players to prevent staple food losses after harvest. Currently, total food losses in Sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to be worth $4 billion per year, an amount which can feed 48 million people (FAO, 2013). In Benin post-harvest loss (PHL) on maize is estimated at between 15 and 30% owing to precarious and archaic storage technologies. Food deficits are high in most areas of the country averaging 28.3% of food production (maize, yams, cassava, beans and groundnuts).