Policy Brief Series 03/2018

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, grains and legumes are considered important crops by farmers and rural households for personal and commercial use (Oluoch-Kosura, 2013). However, unacceptable levels of food loss continue to occur throughout the continent. Although these losses are recorded at all stages of the food chain, from production to marketing and consumption, the greatest concern lies with inadequate harvesting and drying processes prior to the food product leaving the farm. In 2011, the annual loss of food in Sub-Saharan Africa exceeded 30% of the total crop produced (World Bank, 2011).
The status quo in Mozambique is similar, where post-harvest losses amount to 30% on average, and where final product