KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
WORLD Food Programme (WFP) Zambia has launched a new post-harvest loss (PHL) reduction initiative to improve smallholder farmers’ income and food security by raising awareness on how to protect their yields.
The initiative, dubbed ‘Waste Not, Want Not in Lusaka’, encompasses the adoption of good post-harvest handling practices and the use of effective hermetically sealed storage solutions among smallholder farmers.
“The objective of the initiative is to bring together stakeholders who can contribute to increasing rural smallholder farmers’ awareness and support commercial supply chains of post-harvest handling technologies,” says WFP.
According to the WFP Newsletter availed to the Daily Mail, the potential gains of adopting technologies need to be measured against the costs in adopting the new farming skills to ensure farmers benefit from the practice.
WFP also called for enhanced research that looks at the cost-effectiveness of specific technologies to reduce PHL.
Currently, studies that look into PHL are not abundant, and only provide insights into the questions that surround the adoption of the technology.
Meanwhile, WFP has partnered with the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) and other International non-governmental organisation to collect data on food security in the country.