Post Management Innovations

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) launched a three-year initiative to reduce post-harvest losses of cereals and beans in sub-Saharan Africa through expanding the use of threshers and airtight sacks. The project was launched in Mozambique and Burkina Faso, focusing on reducing cowpea and soya bean losses.

It is estimated that almost a third of the grains and legumes harvested in sub-Saharan Africa are lost due to poor storage and limited processing capacity.

Scaling up of simple technologies like hermetic storage bags can reduce post-harvest losses by up to fifty per cent and significantly increase farmers’ income. The deployment of mechanized threshers also reduces the drudgery of farming, which is especially important for women who are the majority of farmers in Africa.

The project is funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) with a grant of 2.15 million US dollars. Mozambique and Burkina Faso will be the pilot countries. In the short term, the innovations will benefit at least 10,000 smallholder farmers, with up to 60,000 farmers being involved by 2020.

This grant for USD 2.155 million over 36 months is supporting an applied research project to bring effective, field-tested innovations for increasing productivity and reducing post-harvest loss of soya bean (soybean) and cowpea to thousands of smallholder farmers in Mozambique and Burkina Faso respectively.