The Hub supported the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition this week in Nairobi. The Congress provided a platform for identifying effective interventions that can reduce food loss and waste on the African continent, and called on attendees to invest in postharvest technologies that are market ready. Over 500 stakeholders in the food/agricultural sector attended, including researchers, farmers, traders, innovators and policy makers from all over the world.
“Farmers are aware of postharvest technologies. However, we need to ensure affordability and access to finance for farmers to adopt these technologies,” said Anthony Kioko, Managing Director at the Cereal Growers Association.
“We need more postharvest food specialists to address the food security issue in Africa,” said Prof. Ruth Oniango.
The Congress aligns with the Hub’s goals of increasing competitiveness in agricultural value chains and facilitating investment in technology that drives trade. To that end, the Hub is also supporting an East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition, through a grant to the Inter Region Economic Network. Starting April 4 in Tanzania, Forty-six innovators, selected from over 200 competition applicants, will undergo an accelerated training on how to package and pitch their technologies to investors.