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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

Extension of Appropriate Postharvest Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Postharvest Training and Services Center

Photo slideshow from the Postharvest Training and Service Center in Tanzania. View photos on Flickr.

Target Countries: Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin, Gabon

Principal Investigators:

Project Description

Physical losses of horticultural crops postharvest continue to range from 30-80 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa, and problems with food quality, safety and nutritional value are well documented. While past projects have identified appropriate postharvest technologies and recommended a variety of training, capacity building and small-scale infrastructure development, no single project has integrated all of this information and offered a locally based solution.

This pilot project will combine a wide variety of training programs, adaptive research and demonstrations of postharvest services. It will also provide access to needed tools and supplies in order to reduce postharvest losses and improve market access and incomes for small women farmers in Tanzania.

The project site in Tanzania, at the World Vegetable Center's regional office in Arusha, will serve as a model for postharvest development in five additional Sub-Saharan countries, whose representatives will participate via collaboration with African partners. By the close of project, 30 postharvest specialists from the six countries involved in Sub-Saharan Africa will be well-qualified to implement enhanced postharvest handling techniques. They will be charged to teach these techniques to approximately 1,000 women farmers in their home countries. This will result in increased consumption of higher quality produce and better returns on investment to women farmers.

Updates about the Postharvest Training and Services Center (PTSC):

Project deliverables, postharvest information and research results: