On January 17, the University of Nairobi and a consortium of organizations concerned with agriculture and development launched the First All-Africa Post Harvest Congress and Exhibition, set for March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Hub is a sponsor of the event.
The Congress will facilitate discussion of actionable strategies for reducing food loss in Africa. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately one third (30%) of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted along global supply chains, or 1.3 billion metric tons of the total volume of food produced. This accounts for a 15 percent income reduction for over 470 million actors across the agricultural value chain, including smallholder farmers, manufacturers and retailers.
The specific objectives of the conference are as follows:
1. To raise awareness on food losses and waste through data and information sharing.
2. To document the impact of postharvest food loss and waste on food and nutrition in Africa.
3. To identify and disseminate effective and appropriate technologies and practices for FLW reduction in the African context.
4. To identify postharvest “skill gaps” and “technology gaps” in Africa’s higher education and extension systems
5. To identify effective multi-stakeholder strategies and policy interventions for FLW reduction
6. To provide a platform for participants to build networks and partnerships for resource mobilization and other activities geared towards FLW reduction
7. To generate a comprehensive action plan for the reduction of food loss and waste for the African continent
Find out more about the Congress by visiting www.africa-postharvestconference.uonbi.ac.ke.