In Ethiopia, price hikes on foods are unacceptably high because of limited availability of and access to produces in the market particularly after the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted the smooth functioning of the supply chain. This has led to the rapid upsurge of food prices by 26.9 per cent in 2020, the highest since 2012. Likewise, the situation in Zimbabwe was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reducing loss and waste throughout the food supply chain should be considered as an effective solution to improve food and nutrition security for low-income consumers, to improve the income and livelihood of the chain actors and furthermore to reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture.
Reducing food loss and waste for economic growth and food security for all
The project aims at contributing to the realization of the national development goals of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe through improved food and nutrition security, increased export earnings, sustained supply of agricultural raw materials to agro-industries and enhanced employment opportunity as a function of reduced Food Loss and Waste (FLW) along food value chains. This will be done primarily through the implementation of improved FLW management practices and systems along the prioritized agricultural value chains, including the development of FLW strategic framework and coordination systems, capacity building, improvement in infrastructure and market efficiency, access to finance and technology.
FAO “4 Betters” Strategic Framework
Sustainable Development Goals