Approximately one-third of all food produced in the world (FAO) is lost or wasted. With 815 million people – 1 out of every 9 on the planet – food insecure or undernourished in 2016, a population expected to increase by 2 billion by 2050, rapid resource depletion and a changing climate, postharvest loss reduction needs to be at the center of strategies for sustainable development. Effective postharvest management is paramount to achieving the SDGs.
Twenty-two practitioners, representing governments research, academia, the private sector, NGOs and donors, gathered at the Bellagio Center between September 11 and 14, 2017 to share their experiences and their vision for improved postharvest management (PHM). Helvetas facilitated the workshop, which focused on Sub Saharan Africa, a region facing the greatest food security and postharvest management challenges worldwide.
The main outcome of the workshop is the Bellagio Statement on postharvest management - a collective commitment to collaborate and scale-up effective actions.
Calls for action – put into action
1. Awareness raising and communications
2. Private sector engagement – including access to finance
Amatheon Agri, a Bellagio participant, has incorporated PICS bags and training as a regular feature into its Outgrower Programme in Zambia. The bags are stocked through the companies rural depots. Amathen Agri is scaling its network to 16,000 farmers.