Nairobi to Host All Africa Post-harvest Congress and Exhibition next week

Kenya is set to host the first African Post-harvest Congress and Exhibition next week. To be held under the theme’Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for Africa’, the congress seeks to address the problem of post-harvest losses where an estimated 30 per cent or 1.3 billion metric tonnes of food produced for human consumption is lost along the supply chains.

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Agriculture CS Willy Bett (left) and Mamadou Biteye Rockefeller Foundation Africa MD during the congress media launch. Picture credit: People Daily

It will also provide an opportunity to respond to the calls for action outlined in United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Malabo Declaration (2014), which set a target of halving post-harvest losses by 2030 and 2025 respectively.

The event is organised by the University of Nairobi in partnership with several institutions of higher learning, research organisations and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Over 500 participants from Africa are expected to attend the congress to be held at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, on March 28 to 31. Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett launched the congress at a Nairobi hotel in earlier this year.

During the conference, there will be an exhibition dubbed All-Africa Post-harvest Technology Challenge 2017 to showcase innovations on post-harvest management.

Jane Ambuko, chairperson of the organising committee, says the competition will identify 10 top innovators in the sector. Other partners are Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Africa for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and East African Grain Council while the Rockefeller Foundation is the lead strategic partner.
This article was first published in the People Daily on January 30 2017
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