Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

WEBINAR: Post-Harvest Management in the Sub-Saharan African Region

12-13 August 2020. 14h00 – 16:00 (SAST). Post-Harvest Management in the Sub-Saharan African Region. FANRPAN. Registration of 12/08 + registration for 13/08

Recording forthcoming

Over the last 10 years, state and non-state actors have developed and promoted various PHM technologies in the region, albeit, with no broad adoption by the intended beneficiaries as a result of various factors. The overall objective of the strategy to effectively guide and coordinate PHL initiatives at the regional and national levels towards achieving reduced losses in line with the Malabo Declaration and SDG targets. A number of NGOs and funders that include FANRPAN, CARE, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), HELVETAS, etc. have been supporting AU Member States to implement PHM and/or PHL initiatives at national and regional levels.

This PHM Regional Multi-stakeholder Dialogue was convened over a series of two episodes webinars mainly focusing on the status of PHL and opportunities to improve PHM performance in the SSA region. Perspectives from farmers, researchers, extension and advisory services, CSOs and the government were explored, and case studies presented and discussed. 

Specific objectives are as follows: 
  • To share findings from FANRPAN PHM studies conducted in targeted project countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; 
  • To discuss PHM challenges and opportunities in the African continent; and 
  • To come up with policy recommendations on how to improve the performance of PHM in the continent.
12 August 2020.
  • Welcome - Dr Tshilidzi Madzivhandila, FANRPAN CEO
  • Overview - Matthew Pickard, CARE
  • Contextualize PHM Regional issues - Hon. Sindiso Ngwenya, Policy Champion
  • Background & Introductions - Dr Njongenhle Nyoni, Facilitator
  • Keynote Presentation: Talentus Mthunzi, Consultant
Breakaway Sessions: Country PHLM State of Play
  • Madagascar - Mina Tsiriarijao Randrianarisoa
  • Malawi - Pamela Kuwali
  • Tanzania - Vivian Kazi
  • Zambia - Masiye Nawiko
  • Zimbabwe - Dr Isiah Mharapara
  • Regional Perspectives - Talentus Mthunzi, Consultant
Day 2 : 13 August 2020
Engagements will be based on findings from the Post-harvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa Project (PHM-SSA). This FANRPAN-led research conducted in Mozambique and Benin, with a special focus on a comprehensive cost-benefit assessment of PHM technologies and the critical role civil society can play in influencing the development of national PHM strategies, aims to improve food and nutrition security as well as increase food self-sufficiency and incomes of smallholder farmers through reducing

  • Welcome & Day #1 Reflections - Prof. Simba Sibanda, FANRPAN
  • Overview - Martin Fischler, Helvetas
  • PHM Innovations in SSA Background - Vitumbiko Chinoko
  • Introductions - Dr Njongenhle Nyoni, Facilitator
Keynote Presentations
  • Status report of PHM policies in sub-Saharan Africa - Prof. Brighton Mvumi, Consultant
  • Post Biennial Report Review for PHM - Talentus Mthunzi, Consultant
Breakaway Sessions: Country PHLM State of Play: 
  • Benin - Dr Njongenhle Nyoni, Facilitator
  • Mozambique - Prof. Joao Mutondo Consultant
  • Regional Perspectives - Talentus Mthunzi, Consultant
29 July 2020. Innovations in Nutrition Security & Post-Harvest Loss Reduction in Uganda

The deeply integrated partnership between Iowa State University and the communities and institutions in the Kamuli district of Uganda demonstrates a unique model for both development and philanthropy. This partnership has given rise to a host of innovative programs in the Kamuli district (agriculture, health, and education) and it represents a living laboratory for deeply integrated development interventions. The Consortium is directly involved in programs related to nutrition security and post-harvest loss reduction. 

During this webinar, panelists provided an overview of the project in the Kamuli district and discussed implemented strategies to improve nutrition security and reduce post-harvest losses. The webinar demonstrated how the partnership is reducing the contamination of aflatoxins in grain and coordinating a subsidy program to increase the use of plastic hermetic silos to reduce post-harvest loss. Panelists also discussed the potential to replicate this unique development and philanthropic model elsewhere to improve food and nutrition security. 
  • Dr. David G. Acker is the Associate Dean for Global Engagement at Iowa State University and Director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. 
  • Dr. Thomas Brumm is the Charles E. and Mary B. Sukup Professor in Food Security at Iowa State University and Associate Director for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. 
  • Mr. Thomas Buyinza is a Post-Harvest Technology Specialist for the Iowa State University - Uganda Program. He is responsible for overseeing grain storage and safety, and working with smallholder farmers to implement strategies for post-harvest losses reduction.

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