Two billion people worldwide do not consume enough of the micronutrients critical for proper growth and development. Women and children in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are the most vulnerable with over 40% of women suffering from anemia and 84% of children Vitamin A deficient. To solve this problem people suffering from malnutrition must have access to a diverse diet that includes micronutrient rich fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, pulses and nutritious grains. Unfortunately, more than 50% of fresh fruits and vegetables never make it to consumers in need, with over half of these losses taking place after the produce leaves the farm. This food is lost (spoiled) and wasted (discarded or not fully used) due to a lack of suitable technologies to transport, preserve and process fresh fruits and vegetables during high production seasons, making them less affordable to low income consumers.
As a leader in identifying and delivering solutions to address malnutrition, GAIN has developed the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) to bring together the multitude of public and private sector actors addressing this issue to collectively reduce loss and waste of nutritious foods. Through its Alliance and Business to Business Engine (B2BE), PLAN aims to make nutritious food more accessible and available for all.
PLAN brings together actors to drive research, and the exchange of knowledge and technology on postharvest loss and waste in the following categories: Advocacy, Knowledge and Research, Standards and Regulations, Agribusiness and Technology, and Finance.
Through the B2BE, PLAN brings together local businesses, industry leaders, technical experts from the Alliance and from the cold chain, packaging and crating, and processing industries to increase local access to knowledge, technologies and financial services.
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