Poor handling causes food loss in Zimbabwe

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has revealed that of the food produced in sub-Saharan Africa, more than a quarter is lost due to poor methods of post harvest handling.

A loss of 40-50 percent is recorded in root crops and 27 percent in fruit and vegetables. FAO said reduction of food losses and related issues of value addition, as well as marketing activities for the crops, are consistent with emerging consensus among African leaders that investment in agriculture should also address post-production sector.

To that end, Zimbabwe will host a three-day meeting over the next three days, from March 14, aimed at developing a strategy for reduction of food losses among small holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made will join several high profile delegates and experts in food loss reduction to explore a strategy that African countries should adopt to reduce food losses.

FAO said the last decade has seen rapid growth in many developing countries together with a promising reduction of poverty levels.

However, FAO also noted that these positive developments have been hampered by a number of recent events, principally the soaring food prices crisis and the global economic recession.

Source: allafrica.com

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