Scaling Up Post-Harvest Management Innovations for Grain Legumes in Africa
A large part of sub-Saharan Africa's population is chronically food insecure, while more than 30% of the food produced is wasted due to post-harvest losses. This project will address the problem by taking pilot-tested, innovative post-harvest technologies and management practices for grain legumes to scale in Mozambique and Burkina Faso. Post-harvest solutions for better livelihoods The project, led by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, will field-test delivery models for cowpea and soybean: -Improved threshers - machines that separate grain from the plant -Crop storage methods, including the triple-layer Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags -Other post-harvest management practices, such as agro-dealer networks, integrated service providers, cooperatives, and small commercial farmers Researchers will identify how post-harvest technologies can alleviate women's workloads and contribute positively to their livelihoods. The project will use business models that ensure long-term economic, environmental, and social sustainability. It will also leverage partnerships between the public and private sectors, farmers' organizations, and other social entrepreneurs. By the end of 36 months, the project will reach 7,000 smallholder farmers. It also has the potential to benefit an additional 60,000 farmers by 2020. It will engage 60 youth as service providers and increase incomes through farmer-market linkages. These innovations are expected to reduce post-harvest losses from the current 30% to 10% for the two crops. The research team will share evidence and lessons from the scaling up efforts to improve implementation in the field, and inform policy change and investment.