The PHM-SSA project is coordinated by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) and implemented in a consortium with FANRPAN, with AFAAS and AGRIDEA as further partners.
Phase 1 started from April 2013 to March 2017, in 2 pilot countries: Republic of Benin in the communities of Atacora (North) and Savalou (South); and in Mozambique in the communities of Nampula and Cabo Delgado. During phase 1, technologies, methods and practices were developed and tested, that further resulted into elaborating materials on PHM including; technical manuals, factsheets, farmer training materials (Calendar of good practices, flyers). These materials are downloadable from AFAAS online platforms for adaption and use by extension workers in Africa.
- a vibrant input supply and distribution networks for metal silos and hermetic bags were established in Tanzania, Benin and Mozambique; through training and deploying over 73 active local artisans, local production of metal silos was established and over 2,700 metal silos were sold to the farmers.
- In addition, according to an own survey, over 52,745 farming households directly adopted at least one improved PHM option. There was a 33% reduction in the number of food insecure households in the lean season, and households reported an additional income of over USD 90 per household from saved grain that was sold at higher prices.
- This approach has attracted interest from policy makers culminating in national strategies and by-laws on PHM being currently developed. There is a wide-scale interest and uptake of PHM solutions by other countries helped by the examples
- Further reading
Webinar: The adoption of Post Harvest Management in policies and development plans
25th September 2018. Webinar.