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Missing Food: The Case of Postharvest Grain Losses in Sub-Saharan Africa

Organizational Authors: 
World Bank Group,
Natural Resources Institute,
FAO
Year Published: 
2011

While the profile of PHL has been raised for a number of commodities in SSA, this report focuses on grains, which still constitute the basis for food security for the majority of the population in the region and are a vital component in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Crop production is estimated to account for roughly 70 percent of typical incomes, of which grain crops account for about 37 percent, on average. Recorded production amounts to 112 million tons per year, although records for some crops and some countries are not available. Most grains are produced and consumed by small farming households.

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