A grain silo in Mutwaathi, eastern Kenya.
Photo: FAO/Thomas Hug


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The network of actors working on the reduction of post-harvest losses is complex and not easy to understand at first glance. This article attempts to give an orientation on who the actors are, how they are interconnected and what important aspects they are dealing with. No matter what kind of actor, all of them are eager to contribute to minimising food losses to keep harvest products in the value chain, both to strengthen food security and to reduce the waste of inputs and resources during production.

Multilateral organisations

At the level of multilateral organisations the following actors are aiming to reduce food losses. To start with, the World Bank (WB) strives to foster technology adoption and private sector involvement. The project AgResults (formerly known as the agricultural pull mechanism) tries to reach these goals through co-operation with e.g. the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to this, the study “Missing Food: The Case of Postharvest Grain Losses in Sub-Saharan Africa” (2011), in collaboration with the  Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), intends to close the knowledge gap, raise the profile of post-harvest losses (PHL) and provide policy recommendations.
The International Fund for Agricultural DevelopmentWorld (IFAD) concentrates its activities on value chain analysis and financing projects.

In 2009, the World Food Programme (UN WFP) installed the four-year “purchase for progress” (P4P) project, which is a market incentive for smallholders.

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