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2nd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition

September 17th – 20th, 2019 at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Postharvest Loss Reduction and Agro-processing: Drivers of Agricultural Transformation in Africa

Acknowledging the urgent need to address this global challenge, the University of Nairobi and a consortium of partners led by the Rockefeller Foundation, in conjunction with the World Food Preservation Center® LLC (WFPC) organized the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition (AAPHCE) from 28th to 31st March 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya. The Congress, whose theme was ‘Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for Africa’, sought to contribute to the continental and global agenda of reducing postharvest food loss and waste (FLW).

Following recommendations of the 1st AAPHCE presented at AU-FAO Regional Postharvest Loss Reduction Workshop held on 26th July 2018 and consultation with stakeholders, it was agreed that the AAPHCE event be continued on biennial basis. It was also agreed that the Postharvest Congress be institutionalized within the African Union structures to ensure the continuity and mainstreaming into existing continental programs on postharvest loss reduction. You can also refer to the AU Commission Post-harvest Loss Management Startegy (Aug. 2018) for further background information and guidance on the theme.

It is in this context that the AUC has taken the lead to host the 2nd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition. The congress secretariat hosted by the AUC is working in partnership with the University of Nairobi, Stellenbosch University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and Rockefeller Foundation, among other partners. The AUC is calling upon other development partners, universities, research institutions, private sector, civil society, farmer organizations and others to join hands in this initiative to contribute to the continental and global agenda of postharvest loss reduction. 

You can access the updated Agenda, and for more information click HERE

If you are interested in the 1st AAPHCE please go to First Africa-wide Postharvest food loss reduction Congress and Exhibition.

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