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Postharvest losses still major challenge in East Africa

Published on January 09, 2017

Small holder farmers can reduce post-harvest losses and improve income by adopting better storage management practices and technologies. According to Food and Agriculture Organisations (FAO) about one third of the food produced globally is lost or wasted representing a loss of 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year.

In Tanzania, results from different research studies demonstrate that farmers lose up to 40 per cent of the harvest through post-harvest losses. It is from this backdrop that the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) moved up to organise Post-harvest technology congress next year to address and reduce the level of loss that account for more than 30 per cent of the food produced for human consumption.

IREN’s Chief Executive Officer Mr James Shikwati said,

This competition will enable us to identify a range of technologies that have the potential to help the continent confront and counter the huge challenges in postharvest management.

IREN is coordinating the congress in partnership with the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and Syngenta. Read more. Source | Daily News