Technical Parallel Session Brief

Post-harvest losses in grains and pulses are an important factor contributing to food insecurity and under-nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Post-harvest losses (PHL) including aflatoxin contamination significantly lower the quality and volume of food available for consumption and sale, thus aggravating malnutrition and reducing household income. Precise figures on PHL are difficult to obtain as they vary over cropping seasons and regions. According to reported figures (APHLIS), PHL of grains in SSA are 10-20% with an estimated value of US$4 billion lost per year. Common causes of PHL and aflatoxin contamination are inadequate handling and storage practices at the household level, causing grain damage by insects, moulds, and rodents.

Monday, March 4, 2019