Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dear Stakeholder,

The webinar series on Postharvest Management (PHM) started in 2017, and will continue this year (2018) under the theme “Scaling up proven technologies and practices of postharvest management in Africa”. We’ll be happy to exchange with you on the questions of how we can take advantage of proven technologies and practices that diminish postharvest losses and foster their adoption by smallholder farmers.

Two webinars will be held this year; the first on Tuesday 5th June 2018 and the second on Tuesday 4th September 2018, all from 14:00-16:00 East African Time (12:00-14:00 West African Time and 13:00 to 15:00 South African/Central European time).

The webinars are organized by the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) backstopped and facilitated by the Centre for Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AGRIDEA) on behalf of the project Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa (PHM-SSA).

The webinars will not be focused on presenters’ inputs, but on interaction between participants on the basis of the presentations. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to share their own experiences on the topics of discussion and learn from experiences all over sub-Saharan Africa. The webinars will feature specialized panelists on the topic including:

  1. Raphael Dischl from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
  2. Limbikani Mutumba /Joao Mutondo from Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

The key messages and insights of the discussions on the webinars will be shared on different platforms including the Global Community of Practice (CoP) forum on food loss and waste moderated by FAO, and the Virtual Networking Platform, the D-groups, Twitter and facebook, moderated by AFAAS.

About the PHM-SSA project:

The PHM-SSA project is being implemented by a consortium including Helvetas, AFAAS, Food and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and AGRIDEA in Mozambique and Benin. The project aims to improve food security of smallholder men and women farmers in SSA through reduction of postharvest losses of food crops (grains and pulses) with a market system approach. The project draws lessons and experiences from the implementing countries that are shared at the continental level. A similar project, Grain Postharvest Loss Prevention Project (GPLP) is being implemented in Tanzania. The projects are funded by the Swiss Agency for International Development and Cooperation (SDC).


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