Food loss and waste in Africa

Intelligence Report 9: January – March, 2017

Making good decisions is all about being informed but the issue of post-harvest loss, that has both development elements and commercial impacts, is underserved. There is currently no one place to go for the information you need

  • the latest innovations and issue dynamics from a country or value chain perspective, and yet the importance of this issue is massive:
  • The amount of food lost each year due to postharvest loss (PHL) is enough to feed the total number of undernourished people globally.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 30-50% of production is lost at various points along the value chain.
  • FLW causes as much as US$940 billion per year in economic losses.

The report answers the question: What key movements related to food-loss along the value chain and across commodities, have been happening in the last quarter / period in Africa? It pulls from a wide range of sources to provide a full list of all relevant stories and provides an overview from both a country perspective and a value chain perspective, and highlights on some of the biggest innovations or particularly forward looking stories as well as links to each story so readers can pursue further information.

This intelligence has been prepared for the Rockefeller Foundation to support the YieldWise initiative, which aims to reduce post-harvest food loss for African farmers. It is the 9th volume of Food Loss & Waste reports and currently focuses on Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Malawi. Numerous organizations and groups are putting significant effort into advancing the issue, but there is still a massive information gap.

The current report covers our mandate with the Rockefeller Foundation, and we aim to expand its coverage over time. Contact us to learn more:

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