Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste

Scaling-up promising post-harvest technology by implementing cost-effective policy actions in the National Agricultural Policy Framework (PSRSA) in Benin

Research at the global level has shown that halving losses and waste along the food value-chain would save food resources equivalent to 25% of current agricultural production. The level of PHLs in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is comparable to a devastating disease, ignored by the victims themselves. Indeed, although PHLs are silently compromising farmers' food security and development, most of them pay little attention to the phenomenon, either despairing of acquiring affordable technologies to address it or by accepting it as fate of nature. PHLs continuously weaken the capacity of farmers to keep the food produced for their survival, and to accumulate revenues needed to reduce poverty and improve their livelihoods. While agricultural productivity is low in SSA and has not substantially increased over the last 20 years', post-harvest loss of grains and pulses are estimated at about 14% of production, and valued up to US$4 billion, which is enough to feed 48 million people. Technologies to address them are specific to the various stages in the value chain, and their adoption will depend, inter alia, on their ability to save labour and to preserve or improve food quality. This concern is particularly expressed by women, who are involved in many stages of the food value-chain, especially in crop harvesting, food processing and trade. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to women's demand for Iabour-saving technologies and food quality that take into account local culture and related food habits.

Year: 2015
Author: FANRPAN