MAFAP and IFPRI deliver post-harvest loss training in Mozambique

16 Nov 2021
The two organizations held a training session focussing on the methodology to calculate post-harvest losses of maize in two provinces


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme held a training session on Tuesday 16 November for the Mozambiquan Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on how to calculate the amount of maize that is lost or ruined after they are harvested. Over 61 officials from the ministry attended the half-day, virtual capacity development training. 

Food security remains a key issue in Mozambique and the country suffers perennial food shortages, especially the provinces of Manica, Tete, Sofala, Zambezia, Maputo and Gaza. Weaknesses in post-harvest systems, which contribute to both a lower supply and higher food prices (due to post-harvest losses) are key reasons behind these food shortages. 

Currently, none of the post-harvest losses programmes in Mozambique provides loss estimates across the entire value chain for a given commodity. The training session will delve into a technical report by IFPRI and FAO on the loss and waste of maize – a key food staple in the country - across the value chain in the provinces of Manica and Zambezia.  

The training session, moderated by MAFAP Economist Francisco Pereria Fontes, included 5 sessions led by  Luciana Delgado of IFPRI, on:

1)    The importance of reducing food loss post-harvest

2)    The importance of measure post-harvest losses to identify where losses occur in the value chain

3)    The post-harvest loss methodology developed by Delgado, Torero and Schuster

4)    The biggest causes behind post-harvest food loss in Mozambique?

5)    What can be done to reduce post-harvest food loss?

See the agenda here. Read the full report here

Interpretation was provided in English and Portuguese. 

Photo credit: ©FAO/Sumy Sadurni.