Based on an external assessment, this working paper summarises PLAN’s work in Nigeria (N-PLAN) and Indonesia (I-PLAN), impacts to date, and key learnings. The assessment indicated that PLAN has helped create influential networks, allowing diverse stakeholders to work together to address common issues related to post-harvest loss.
The Jakarta Post webinar series will discuss issues of food loss and waste. Coinciding with the commemoration of the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste the webinar will feature authoritative speakers, including policymakers, representatives of nonprofit foundations and independent observers.
In low-income countries, poor dietary diversity is driven in large part by the low availability and affordability of nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and other animal sourced foods. In a recent assessment, GAIN determined that small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), or small and mighty enterprises as GAIN likes to call them, produce, process or sell up to 70% of nutritious food sold in low-income markets in Africa.
In 2016, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and its partners spotted a gap in postharvest loss interventions targeted to a) nutritious foods and b) working in the supply chain beyond the farm. The Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) was launched in Nigeria.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of life, including how food is distributed, purchased and consumed. In low-income countries, consumers have had to contend with higher food prices and less fresh, nutritious food available to eat. While the pandemic has had a devastating short-term impact on all those who rely on local food systems, it has also exposed their underlying fragility.
In Nigeria, 40–50% of fresh fruits and vegetables are lost during crating, transportation, storage and processing. In the tomato sector, for instance, it is estimated that more than 40% of tomato production does not reach consumers. One of the main reasons for this massive waste is the lack of a temperature-controlled supply chain— known as cold chain which prevents fresh foods from spoiling between farm and market.
"Power on your plate" is an all-Africa summit on diversifying food systems with African traditional vegetables to increase health, nutrition and wealth. With more than 20% of Africa’s population undernourished and close to one-third food insecure, it is clear that food systems must change - to nourish people, not merely feed them.
This report describes a randomized controlled trial among groundnut farmers in northern Ghana designed to test the impact of two approaches to encouraging adoption of post-harvest practices for the reduction of aflatoxins. Results indicate that simply training farmers and making tools for aflatoxin prevention available has a significant impact on post-harvest practices.
This research brief provides the key findings from a study commissioned by GAIN'S Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition to conduct a landscape analysis to better understand the dried tomato production and market in Nigeria. Structured questionnaires were used to elicit information on socio-economic characteristics of selectors processors, traders, and consumers.
This research brief summarizes findings from the national cold chain capacity mapping of Nigeria, conducted between December 2017 and February 2018. Despite having the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has among the world’s highest burdens of malnutrition. Improving supply chain infrastructure and food storage practices has the potential to significantly reduce postharvest losses and waste across the country.