September 14, 2017
Written by World Food Programme
Post-harvest food loss is a major contributor to hunger and under nutrition affecting farming families across Africa. Farmers who chose to participate in WFP’s Zero Food Loss Initiative have seen a drastic reduction in grain losses (from 40% to less than 2%), a tripling of incomes, and availability of food throughout the lean season. Simple, airtight technology paired with effective training has an immediate impact on farmers and their families, moving many from subsistence farming to surplus, where they become active market participants. There is also an impact on family health, as airtight storage and improved crop handling reduce the presence of aflatoxin molds, one of the leading causes of cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa. Now, smallholder farmers across Africa have a choice for a better future.