Helvetas coordinates and provides technical support to a regional program on Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a mandate we received from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's Global Programme for Food Security (GPFS).
The work of Helvetas rests on strong and long-standing experience in the field of sustainable agriculture, food security, value chain development, local markets, postharvest management and rural advisory services. In the framework of the Postharvest Management Project in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) we carry out the following specific functions:
The project aims to increase food security of smallholder farmers in Sub-
Saharan Africa through reduced postharvest losses at farm and community
level, by applying a two-pronged strategy:
a) Post harvest management and storage of grains and pulses to ensuring food supply in households and communities; and
b) Post harvest management as a commercial activity for income generation through improved market access.
The focus of the first project phase (April 2013 – March 2017) is on the
validation and dissemination of post harvest management practices in pilot
countries of two sub-regions, Benin (Western Africa) and Mozambique
(Southern Africa). Based on the experience of the first phase and through
regional multipliers, sensitization and dissemination will be conducted at a
broad scale in the two pilot countries (scaling up) and at a regional level in
other selected countries of the sub-regions (scaling out) in the second phase
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