Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Third All Africa Post Harvest Congress and Exhibition

13 - 17 September 2021The Third All Africa Post Harvest Congress and Exhibition

The theme for the 3rd AAPHCE is Postharvest Loss Reduction for Sustainable Food Systems. This theme is aligned with the 2021 call to action towards sustainable food systems. It is evident that food loss and waste reduction is critical in ending hunger in sustainable food systems. When 1.3 billion metric tons of food is lost/wasted annually in a world where 820 million people continue to go hungry every day, it is time to change how we produce and consume our food.

Since its inception in 2017, the AAPHCE has evolved into an important Pan-African convening to create awareness about food loss and waste and showcase sustainable solutions in the African context. The AAPHCE also provides a platform to network and establish partnerships for research, outreach and investment initiatives towards food loss and waste reduction.


The side event engaged participants in innovative learning, practice, and reflection. The programme included short presentations on the features and functions of APHLIS; the role that APHLIS can play to help countries measure postharvest losses and meet their Malabo reporting requirements; and efforts to provide early warning information on climate-based risks of mycotoxin contamination. Interactive breakout group activities explored how APHLIS can be used to calculate postharvest losses and the nutritional and financial dimensions of such losses.
  • Quantifying postharvest losses and a demonstration of the APHLIS functions and features - Tanya Stathers (Natural Resources Institute, UK) and Brighton Mvumi (University of Zimbabwe)
  • Role and alignment of APHLIS to Malabo PHL reporting - Cephas Taruvinga Post harvest Solutions Specialist, ex African Union Advisor
Plenary discussion: Country Experiences of Fostering Postharvest Loss (PHL) Management Actions

  • PHL Strategy Development and PHL Measurement experiences - Prof Brighton Mvumi (University of Zimbabwe) and Mrs Mary Mdachi (Tanzania)
  • Agro-climatic mycotoxin risk early warning system, and mycotoxin news - Dr Felix Rembold (EC - Joint Research Centre (JRC)
  • Sustaining PHL monitoring and metrics - Dr Gideon Onumah (Natural Resources Institute, UK)

13/09. Training the Next Generation of Food System Leaders and Researchers by the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction

The Consortium is composed of leading institutions in the Americas (Iowa State University, University of Maryland, Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School, University of São Paulo), Europe (Wageningen University and Research), Middle East (Volcani Center), and Africa (University of Nairobi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Stellenbosch University). Undergraduate and graduate students from these institutions are conducting innovative research that improves storage and distribution, develops tracking and monitoring, minimizes spoilage through pre-and post-harvest innovation, and changes behavior to reduce post-harvest loss and food waste reduction (PHL-FW). Speakers presented their research findings and share how they are positively impacting the sustainable reduction of PHL-FW and improving livelihoods throughout the world.

Main events

14/09. Framing Presentation on PHL Issues in African Context 

  • Prof. Umezuruike Linus Opara, Stellenbosch University, South Africa 
  • Mr. Máximo Torero Cullen – Chief Economist, FAO 
  • Dr. Hans Hoogeveen - FAO Independent Chairperson of the Council

14/09. Cost effective priority actions for FLW measurement within Africa

  • Dr. Bruno Tran – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA
  • Dr. Carola Fabi – FAO Panelists 
  • Prof. Brighton Mvumi - University of Zimbabwe 
  • Prof. Sheila Okoth - University of Nairobi, Kenya 
  • Dr Miezah Kodwo - Kwame Nkurumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana 
  • Dr Oluwatoba Omotilewa - AFDB

14/09. Saving Africa’s harvest during and post COVID-19 Pandemic – lessons learnt, opportunities to strategize for future natural disasters and pandemics

  • Dr. Mel Oluoch – Sasakawa Africa Association 
  • Mr Munhamo Chisvo - Jimat Development Consultants

15/09. Scaling out of innovative postharvest technologies in sub-Saharan Africa: lessons and progress

  • Heiko Furing – Buhler Group 
  • Damian Ihedioha - AFDB
  • Dr. Deirdre Holcroft - Holcroft Postharvest Consulting 
  • Lisa Kitinoja – Postharvest Education Foundation 
  • Mr. Andrew Gatheca – Global Development Incubator, Kenya 
  • Mr. Gerald Masila – Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) 
  • Mr. Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu - ColdHubs Ltd, Nigeria

15/09. Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Upscaling Postharvest Interventions

  • Victoria Madedor – Bank of Industry Investment and Trust Co Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria 
  • Mr. Benjamin Kusi – Self-Help Africa 
  • Prof. Enock Stanley Ugulumu – Micro Finance Institute, Iringa, Tanzania 
  • Edward Agaba – Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA
  • Dr. Geeta Sethi – World Bank Group 
  • Mr. Michael Obanubi, Director, Finance and Economics, Wellspring Development Capital, Bristol, United Kingdom 

16/09. Enabling policies, effective national/regional strategies, experience sharing, Collaborating, Learning and Adapting

  • Mr. Komla Bissi – African Union Commission (AUC
  • Dr. Divine Njie - United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO
  • Dr. Honest Kessy – Director of Food Security Department, Ministry of Agriculture Tanzania 
  • Mr. Mohammed Mousa – Director of the Agriculture and Environment Division, IGAD 
  • Ms. Dorcas Tawonashe – Deputy Director Strategic Policy Planning, Ministry of Agriculture Zimbabwe 
  • Mr. Esayas Lemma – Director, Directorate of Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

16/09. The Roadmap to Realization of Malabo 2014 and SDG 12.3 Targets

  • Prof. Dirk Maier – Consortium for Innovations in Postharvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction 
  • Mr. Cephas Taruvinga – Postharvest Policy Consultant 
  • Dr. Rosa Rolle – FAO
  • Dr. Craig Hansen – World Resources Institute, Champion 12.3 
  • Prof. Umezuruike Linus Opara – Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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