Below is a list of just some of the projects completed in the region over the last five years through the research and education am of GCCA, The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO).
Appropriate Post Harvest Technologies for Africa
WFLO received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to identify appropriate postharvest technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in order to improve market access and incomes for small horticultural farmers. Countries impacted included Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. The main objectives of the grant was to:
- link postharvest and marketing professionals from two major U.S. institutions (the University of California and World Food Logistics Organization) with African and Indian institutions;
- assess the levels and types of postharvest losses for fruits and vegetable crops;
- and, then, design and field test interventions that can best reduce losses and improve incomes for small farmers.
The WFLO team evaluated 12 past horticultural projects and worked with our partners to perform postharvest loss assessment studies in Africa and India on 30 crops. Graduate students and young professionals joined the expert team in the loss assessments and “learned by doing.” WFLO used these findings to provide current and accurate information to those who want to develop full-scale plans for long-term projects that will promote the development and adoption of appropriate postharvest technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
East Africa: Horticulture Collaborate Research Program
In collaboration with UC Davis and the University of Georgia, WFLO is providing technical support required to establish a post harvest technical center in Arusha, Tanzania as part of the Horticultural Collaborative Research Program (Hort CRSP). This unique pilot project will combine a wide variety of training programs, adaptive research, and demonstrations of postharvest practices and services. It will also provide access to needed tools and supplies in order to reduce postharvest losses and improve market access and incomes for women who own/operate small farms in Tanzania and are affiliated with established cooperatives and farmer associations near Arusha.
The project site in Tanzania will serve as a model for postharvest development in six additional Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, whose project representatives will participate via collaboration with African partners and a “Training of Trainers” program. By the end of the project, it is anticipated that about 30 to 40 postharvest specialists from the seven SSA countries will be well-qualified to implement enhanced postharvest handling techniques. They will be charged to teach these techniques to approximately 1,000 women farmers in their home countries. This will result in increased consumption of higher quality produce and better returns on investment to women farmers.