13 February 2015. Awareness: A Key to Reducing Post-Harvest Loss in Africa. The Rockefeller Foundation's Waste and Spoilage Initiative is working to identify opportunities and test key solutions in the supply chain to reduce food loss.
They have learned that food loss in developing countries adversely affects the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by decreasing saleable harvest, reducing their ability to manage changing market prices and their income.
Various strategies and models are used to counter food loss. Kenya’s Uchumi Supermarket currently processes overripe fruits from its own shelves before they 'go bad' and sells the juices to its customers. Additionally, it is working with other partners to promote tomato farming in greenhouses among its farmers to stagger tomato production and reduce excess supply from during peak season. This ensures that farmers get a fair price for delivered tomatoes throughout the year.
Published on 11 Sep 2014 Smallholder farmers contribute 90% of food production in Sub-Saharan Africa, but 42% of fruits and vegetables produced by this farmers are lost because of post harvest loss. Post-harvest loss impacts different types of smallholder farmers in different ways.