SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction

Cette vidéo represents les résultats des activités du  projet “Intégration des initiatives de réduction des pertes alimentaires pour les petits exploitants dans les zones à déficit vivrier” mis en œuvre conjointement par les agences des Nations Unies basées à Rome (ABR) FAO, FIDA, et le PAM. 

Les activités étaient basés sur: Les capacités des parties prenantes sont  développées et renforcées au niveau des  points critiques des pertes; et des solutions potentielles pilotes seront testées (Phase 1 / 2016-2017).

In nature, microorganisms can cause disease by producing toxins in our food that make us sick. One group of these microorganisms is called molds and they can grow on foods and animal feed to the point that we can see them. While growing in grains, nuts, and fruits, some molds can produce harmful compounds, known as mycotoxins that are invisible to the eye. When temperature, moisture, and other conditions are right, molds can grow on crops or food and produce these toxins. If you eat food contaminated with mycotoxins you can become very sick. This animation shows some best practices when it comes to storing your crop to prevent mold growth.

Farmers in Rwanda can lose around 30 per cent of their harvests before they even reach the market, due to a lack of adequate means to dry, store and transport the crops. Climate change and heavy rainfall are making things worse. To assist farmers with post-harvest crop losses, the Government of Rwanda in partnership with IFAD, is funding over 200 business plans submitted by farming cooperatives and small businesses. These include the construction and rehabilitation of improved maize drying shelters, potato collection centres and storage warehouses, along with training for 16,000 farmers to better handle their crops after harvest.​

Africa’s smallholder families lose up to 40 percent of their harvest to insects, rodents and mould. But a simple solution, airtight storage bags and silos – combined with training on how to safely dry their grain – can virtually eliminate such losses and improve families’ incomes, food availability, health and nutrition. WFP’s Zero Food Loss mission is to reach all of Africa’s 200 million smallholder families so they are aware there is a better way: one that could transform the continent and solve one of Africa’s biggest challenges.

Development of cooled storage and transportation is critical for increasing agricultural productivity and reducing food loss and waste and price volatility. But development of “cold chains” is often hampered by lack of organization, access to credit and energy, and markets. In Nigeria, ColdHubs has built a successful business providing walk-in, solar-powered cold stations for use on-farm and in markets.

This policy seminar will reflect on Nigeria’s “cold hub” experience and discuss how cold chain development can work for rural communities, women’s empowerment, food loss prevention, and broader agri-food system development.

FAO works with farmers, traders and the general public to tackle the loss and waste of tens of billions of US Dollars’ worth of food across Egypt and the wider Africa and Near East (NENA) region.

Four new videos on postharvest management of maize have been produced by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and AFAAS, in collaboration with Songhai and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The videos were published on www.accessagriculture.org in March 2018

They are currently available in English, French, Dendi, Ditammari, Fon and Idaatcha. They are freely downloadable, also in 3gp format for mobile phone viewing.

The first video deals with properly time harvesting of maize for healthy and longer store. Hereafter you can find links to this video into Dendi, Ditammari, Fon, and Idaatcha versions.

The second video of this series is on good shelling, sorting and drying of maize.  Before storing, maize should be shelled, winnowed, sorted and dried properly. Hereafter are the links to this video into Dendi, Ditammari, Fon, and Idaatcha.

The third video of this series is on good storing and conserving maize grain. When not stored properly, maize spoils and loses its value, which reduces the farmer’s income. Hereafter are the links to this video into Dendi, Ditammari, Fon, and Idaatcha.

A fourth video of this series is on how to store bags of maize in community warehouses, good stock management principles. Hereafter are available the links to this video into Dendi, Ditammari, Fon and Idaatcha.

Post-harvest food loss is a major contributor to hunger and undernutrition affecting farming families across Africa. Farmers who chose to participate in WFP’s Zero Food Loss Initiative have seen a drastic reduction in grain losses (from 40% to less than 2%), a tripling of incomes, and availability of food throughout the lean season. 

Simple, airtight technology paired with effective training has an immediate impact on farmers and their families, moving many from subsistence farming to surplus, where they become active market participants. There is also an impact on family health, as airtight storage and improved crop handling reduces the presence of aflatoxin moulds, one of the leading causes of cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Now, smallholder farmers across Africa have a choice for a better future.

To know more listen to the following podcasts:

Hacking Hunger Episode 20: The Forgotten Food Waste Crisis (by WFP)

Postharvest Solutions in Food Security (by Talking Biotech Podcast)

Approximately 30% of food produced for human consumption around the world is either lost or wasted each year. This is equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes of food. Robert VanOtterdijk, Agro-Food Industries Officer and Camelia Bucatariu, Technical Officer of the FAO Nutrition and Food Systems Division explain the importance of actively preventing and reducing food loss and waste and its direct contribution to food and nutrition security for all. They describe the FAO policy work, including key policy messages. This video forms part of a series of policy and governance videos being produced by FAO in 2016.

Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC) in Malawi and Zambia to improve food and nutrition security in the smallholder farming families is a FANRAPAN project funded by the Platform for African-European Partnership in Agriculture and Research for Development (PAEPARD) through the competitive research fund.

This video refers to the FANRAPAN regional climate-smart agriculture policy dialogue hosted in Lusaka in August 2015 and some practical ways to reduce pre- and post-harvest losses in the Zambia and Malawi experiences.

Responding to postharvest challenges faced by farmers like James, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Government, through its agricultural extension arms – Departments of Agricultural Mechanization and AGRITEX, rolled out a project aimed at reducing post harvest grain loses. The project was able to assess 3 types of improved grain storage that suit different rural situations in the country. These were, metal silos, the improved brick granary and hermetic grain storage bags. The project also trained local artisans to manufacture and construct the storage facilities.

SAWBO animations on Prevention of Postharvest Losses

Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) is a University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign based program. SAWBO transforms extension information on relevant topics such as agriculture, disease and women's empowerment, into 2D, 2.5D and 3D animations, which are then voice overlaid into a diversity of languages from around the world.

In collaboration with RONGEAD, SAWBO animation about agricultural value chains has been released. This animation goes into depth on how a quality value chain can better meet the needs of each stakeholder. Please watch this animation to learn how a healthy value chain is structured. When each person in the value chain practices the best procedures, everyone is better off.

A new animation on How to build a Solar Grain Dryer will teach you how to build a low cost high velocity solar grain dryer. Drying grain is important because it reduces the chance for mold growth in the grain, which will increase its storage life as well as ensuring that it will sell at a higher price. The animation was developed in collaboration with Dr. Deepak Kumar. In addition another animation will teach you how to use a solar grain dryer, and explain basic operating procedures of the machine, available here.

These animations were funded by the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss and CTA.

All SAWBO animations are made freely available to anyone wishing to use them for educational purposes. Animations can be downloaded from a diversity of SAWBO channels and used on computers, tablets, cell phones, TVs, and overhead projection systems.

Video recording of 1st International Congress on PHL Prevention sessions

All the sessions of the First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention which took place in Rome (October, 2015) are now available via the ADM Institute’s YouTube channel.

The Congress was organized by the ADM Institute for the Prevention for the Postharvest Loss at The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign  in collaboration with SAVE FOOD and other partners.  

Farmers in northern Nigeria are changing the way they intercrop their sorghum and millet with cowpea. By planting both crops at higher densities and in separate rows, and by applying some organic and mineral fertilizer, they harvest more and reduce damage by the parasitic weed striga. It is one of the strategies of integrated striga and soil fertility management.

A video developed by ICRISAT, funded by EU/IFAD (PROMISO Project) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (HOPE Project). Available in 29 languages and published at AccessAgriculture

16 April 2015 - Post-harvest loss (PHL) is an enormous nutritional, economic, and environmental concern around the world, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Roughly 40 percent of the world's food supply is wasted instead of consumed due to improper storage and damages. Therefore, reducing PHL represents a unique opportunity to enhance global food security. Identifying a consensus among donors and the private sector around the causes and actionable solutions to PHL will benefit farmers, local suppliers, and consumers.

A panel discussion organized by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) is made public through this video.

The panel opens with keynote remarks by C.D. Glin, Associate Director, Africa Region, Rockefeller Foundation

Discussion is based on Jonathan Ciano, CEO and Managing Director, Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd.; Mima Nedelcovych, President, Initiative for Global Development; and, Macani Toungara, Director for Program Development, TechnoServe speeches.

Closing Remarks by Steve Sonka, Director, ADM Institute for the Prevention of Post-Harvest Loss

Kinshasa, 17 March 2015.

About 40 participants, including experts in post-harvest management, representatives of relevant public and private sector actors, national and international institutions and organizations, decision makers were informed about the project “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas”, its objectives, areas of intervention and expected results. This global project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) started in June 2014, includes activities at country level in three African countries Burkina Faso, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In DRC, the project is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Livestock (MoAFL), particularly with the Department of plant production and protection. The targeted value chains are maize and rice in Kinshasa, Bas-Congo and Bandundu. The results of this project will be used to formulate recommendations on feasible and appropriate solutions aimed at defining following projects and programmes, encouraging relevant investments by the private and public sectors, and supporting the formulation and the implementation of relevant policy and regulatory framework. Joining the workshop in the afternoon, the FAO Representative requested to pay a special attention to gender issues when implementing the project activities.

Mireille Totobesola, project manager, was interviewed by Jean-Pierre Elali Ikoko of the Magazine des Nations Unies (MAG UN) MONUSCO-Public Information Division-Radio Okapi.

Click here for listening to the radio interview (in French).

Presentation given in occasion of the Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign launch.

A Regional Campaign that seeks to:

–Raise awareness and draw attention to the high levels of food losses and the growing problem of food waste across Asia and the Pacific Region.

–Promote partnerships, and advocate for strategic approaches and actions to reduce food losses and waste and increase sustainable consumption in the region.

The Campaign was launched on 28 August 2013 during a High Level Multi-stakeholder Consultation, convened in Bangkok.

Reducing Food Losses and Waste in Asian Countries for Improved Food Security and Agri-food Chain Efficiency

Fisheries play an important role in the economic and social life in Burundi. Yet, about 10 to 15% of the harvest was lost during the processing phase. Fish drying, which is the most common processing technique in the country, was done generally on bare ground. This has led to partial or total alteration of the products, and has considerably reduced both income and livelihoods all along the value chain. In response to these issues, FAO and the Burundi Fisheries Directorate started a project to improve fish processing method and reduce losses. Watch this video to learn more about this project, and read a relevant FAO news article.

FAO study on postharvest losses of cassava, mango and tomato in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and St. Lucia. Technnical aspects. The study done by Majeed Mohammed & Kelvin Craig (University of the West Indies) was presented in occasion of the Regional Experts Consultation on Food Loss and Waste in Latin America and Caribbean, held on 8-10 October 2014 in Santiago, Chile.

A Food and Agriculture Organization project is working to reduce food losses in the Republic of the Gambia, where two years of crop failures and soaring food prices have left more than half the country's population without enough food. In a world where in 1 in 7 people go hungry, roughly one third of global food production gets lost or wasted. But FAO and partners are working together on the Save Food Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction.

An audio interview with Tony Bennet, from FAO's Agro-Food Industries Group, on the Rome-based UN agencies joint project and the Community of Practice on Food losses reduction.

FAO Agro-Industry Officer Robert van Otterdijk talks about the difference between food waste and losses, quantifies the impact in different parts of the world, and explains how FAO is tackling the problem with the Save Food: Global Initiative on Food Losses and Waste.