APHLIS News

07 August 2019

Understanding the role of gender in postharvest loss

One of the greatest challenges for agricultural research and development is to feed the world’s growing population – expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 – while crop yields are increasingly threatened by the changing climate. Most of the attention around this challenge focuses on improving production, yet reducing postharvest losses is an important way to increase food availability and improve farmer livelihoods without the need for additional productive resources. In additio...

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26 March 2019

New map series to warn of aflatoxin risks

APHLIS is producing a series of maps that provide early warning information on climate-based risks of aflatoxin contamination, a major threat to plant, animal and human healthA powerful poisonThe map shows — for each province — the percentage of periods prior to harvest (over the years from 2004 to 2018), that crops were likely to be subject to aflatoxin risk due to heavy rainfall. (Image: APHLIS) Aflatoxins are poisons produced by moulds – mainly Aspergillus flavus and A....

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06 March 2019

Using postharvest loss data to support food policy in sub-Saharan Africa: The role of APHLIS

APHLIS leads the effort to increase the use of scientific information to inform postharvest loss reduction policies at national and international levels.Evidence-based policymakingThe Malabo Declaration commits African governments to cutting their postharvest losses in half by 2025. (Image: Pecold/ Shutterstock) In December 2018, APHLIS hosted a masterclass for scientists and decision-makers on the role that postharvest loss estimates can play to support policy-making in sub-Saharan Af...

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25 February 2019

Climate change and postharvest loss

Stemming postharvest loss will be critical if we are to feed the world in the face of a changing climate. At the same time, climate change is creating conditions that could make postharvest loss an even greater challenge.The taskEfforts to reduce postharvest loss are critical in the face of climate change. (Image: Piyaset / Shutterstock) One of the greatest tasks we face in the 21st century is to feed the growing human population sustainably, and to do so in the face of climate change....

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06 September 2018

APHLIS welcomes ambassadors from 23 African nations

Postharvest loss experts from sub-Saharan Africa met in Rwanda in August to consider the challenges involved in collecting data on postharvest losses. Participants pledged their commitment to finding solutions, including by raising awareness about the harmful impacts of such losses among policy-makers, donors and agricultural researchers.Postharvest experts from sub-Saharan Africa met in Kigali to address the challenges of gathering and sharing high quality loss data. The Kigali meeting was...

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27 March 2018

Bellagio Statement on Postharvest Management

The Bellagio Statement on Postharvest Management, released 26 March 2018, is a call to action to reduce postharvest losses across sub-Saharan Africa.It is the main outcome of a four day workshop, facilitated by Helvetas, during which twenty-two leading practitioners representing governments, research, academia, the private sector, NGOs and donors shared their experiences and developed a vision for improved postharvest management. APHLIS core team member, Dr Tanya Stathers, was one of the experts...

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04 October 2017

APHLIS contributes to tracking of Sustainable Development Goals

APHLIS+ lead Dr Bruno Tran (NRI) and core team member Prof Brighton Mvumi (University of Zimbabwe) attended an Expert Consultation on Sustainable Development Goal 12.3  "Measurement and action to meet the target on reducing food loss and food waste" in Rome during 28th – 29th September. The meeting was organised by FAO and attended by a cross selection of the world postharvest loss and food waste experts including WRI, IFPRI, UNEP, the World Bank, USDA, GIZ, SDC, the German...

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27 July 2017

Introducing the new APHLIS website

Welcome to the first in a series of releases to improve the accessibility of APHLIS data, and present new outputs being developed under APHLIS+.This first release introduces our new website design and provides basic access to APHLIS loss estimates via the country- and crop-focussed datatables. Future releases will expand both the interfaces with which data can be accessed (e.g. maps and dashboards), as well as the content provided (e.g. new crops, metrics and alerts). To receive updates as the s...

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27 July 2017

Improving postharvest practices in Rwanda

Agriculture is the backbone of Rwanda’s economy, accounting for 80% of employment, mostly on smallholder farms. Agriculture meets 90% of national food needs and generates more than 50% of the country’s export revenues. Following the devastation of the 1994 genocide, the government allocated significant resources to agricultural development, achieving large increases in production, increasing food security and reducing poverty from 57 to 45 percent. The fragmented nature of agricultura...

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27 July 2017

Estimating nutritional postharvest losses – the Nutri-P-Loss project

The amount of food lost or wasted after harvest adds up to 1.3 billion tonnes every year. These losses have a major impact on economic and food security, especially for people in the developing world. Now, a new project is helping us to understand the nutritional implications of postharvest losses for the first time. Methodologies and tools have been developed through APHLIS (the African Postharvest Losses Information System) that enable us to estimate weight losses along postharvest value cha...

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