Save Safe Food Project-Hifadhi Nafaka Salama (SSF)

  • Project Name
    Save Safe Food-Hifadhi Nafaka Salama Project
  • Project Phase
    2019 to 2022
  • Funding
    Danida Market Development Partnerships co-financing with HELVETAS, A to Z and PPTL 
  • Thematic focus
    Private Sector Development

Tanzania is among the chief producer of maize in Sub Saharan Africa, producing about 6 million tons annually. However, about 15 to 40% is lost after harvest. Post-harvest losses (PHL) occur at all stages from harvest to market. Most farmers continue to rely on traditional post-harvest practices (PHP) or on polypropylene bags for storage, neither of which protect grains sufficiently from storage damages and losses. While options to reduce PHL are available, adoption in Tanzania remains low.

Save Safe Food is expected to directly benefit over 100,000 smallholder farmers and to create at least 200 jobs for local entrepreneurs by ensuring increased access for rural households to safe and nutritious food all year round through the reduction of postharvest losses.

Ensuring economic growth by increasing employment and income through the adoption of post-harvest management practices and respective technologies by smallholder farmers as well as through the production and dissemination of post-harvest technologies by commercial companies and promotes improved postharvest management (PHM) for maize, including large - scale adoption of tarpaulins and hermetic bags to store maize in a safe manner.



Separating quality maize grains from debris (winnowing)
After winnowing the grains are filled in hermetic bags ready for storage
Stored grains can last up from two to three years without damages.