Solvable Problem: Reducing Post-harvest Loss

Why does one-third of all food produced never reach the market?

Most of this food loss happens before produce ever reaches a market. In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 75 percent of loss occurs during the production, handling, and sorting stages. Collectively, this results in economic costs of approximately USD $750 billion. As a rapidly growing global population places growing demands on our available resources, businesses and communities can no longer afford these types of inefficiencies in agricultural value chains.
Post-harvest loss is a solvable problem. A farm to market approach begins with a healthy seed and ends in a nutritious bite. It begins with an efficient, integrated value chain, starting with the people who produce, transport, and sell our food.
It affects both developed and emerging economies, and can be tackled by effective collaboration within a policy environment that prioritizes a flourishing agricultural sector. Post-harvest loss is a logistics issue as much as it is a matter of poor communication channels and behavioral norms that can undercut profits.
Eliminating the loss of perishable produce at every stage along the agricultural value chain will improve access to a nutritious diet for the food insecure, enhance farmer incomes, and increase the business value for companies.
How might we incentivize collaboration toward post-harvest loss reduction among all value chain actors?
How might we place farmers at the center of the equation by stimulating adoption of new technologies? How might we create stronger efficiencies among companies developing supply chains in new markets? Finally, how might we ensure that agricultural production gets more fruit and vegetables to market to improve the nutrition of communities around the world?


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