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Fighting food losses in Tanzania : the way forward for postharvest research and innovations

Show simple item record Mutungi, Christopher Affognon, Hippolyte 2013-11-29T16:38:24Z 2013-11-29T16:38:24Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Huge postharvest (PH) losses are a threat to food security, incomes and livelihoods of many households in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Annual value of PH losses for grains alone exceeds USD 4 billion. In Tanzania domestic food production is barely sufficient to meet national food needs. Many households experience protracted periods of food shortage. As a result, over USD 200 million is spent annually to import food. Managing PH losses could potentially offset this food deficit. Past interventions to reduce PH losses targeted improvement of handling and storage practices through transfer of single and standalone technologies, particularly for root crops and maize. Efforts were channelled to individual smallholder farmers. Success stories of this strategy, however, are not many. Since the food crisis that began in 2006, the global food situation has become a critical issue. There is now global consensus that mitigating food losses that occur between harvesting and consumption offers the single, most enormous opportunity for contributing to hunger alleviation in SSA. However, with changes in demographics and consumer needs that have taken place in the recent past, governments, development agencies, donors and research institutions must adopt new PH loss mitigation strategies adapted to specific conditions. Demand-driven approaches that explore worth in value addition and alternative uses of postharvest products and by-products should be given attention. en
dc.format Text en
dc.format.extent 1 digital file (8 p. : ill.) en
dc.format.mimetype Application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, KE en
dc.relation.ispartof ICIPE policy brief; no. 3/13 en
dc.subject SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA en
dc.subject TANZANIA en
dc.subject FOOD SECURITY en
dc.subject POVERTY en
dc.subject SMALLHOLDERS en
dc.subject GRAIN STORAGE en
dc.subject INNOVATION en
dc.title Fighting food losses in Tanzania : the way forward for postharvest research and innovations en
dc.type Policy Brief en
idrc.project.number 106868
idrc.project.componentnumber 106868001
idrc.project.title Postharvest Losses in Africa: Analytical Review and Synthesis en
idrc.dspace.access Open Access en
idrc.rims.adhocgroup IDRC SUPPORTED en
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