Securing the Harvest: Post-harvest Strategies to Increase Resilience
In developing countries, as much as one-third of a season’s harvest is lost along the value chain from harvest to consumption. For grain alone, more is lost in sub-Saharan Africa to post-harvest losses (FAO estimates $4 billion annually) than all U.S. overseas food aid combined (~$2.5 billion annually). Producers of stored product crops face losses from inadequate drying and storage in the form of insect infestation, mycotoxin contamination, and other issues. They also are subject to economic losses due to cashflow constraints and insufficient financial services.
Reducing such losses and developing improved financial and market systems is key to increasing resilience for these communities. Many post-harvest loss-mitigating technologies are proven effective, but adoption continues to lag. How can we get technologies and financial tools in the hands of more users, secure the harvest and ensure healthier, more resilient communities? To what extent are changes in policy needed to facilitate adoption?
Join the Agrilinks Post-Harvest Month webinar, where they will look at ways Feed the Future is increasing resilience in communities through innovative post-harvest interventions that reduce losses and improve economic opportunity for small and medium-sized farmers. They will also look at how the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss work is generating evidence that can help inform policies that support these efforts.