This blog is a recap of the session on “Yieldwise: Preventing Crop Loss to Bolster African Farmer Livelihoods and Fuel Growth along the Value Chains ” at IGD Spring Frontier 100 Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.
By Anna DeVries
African farmers lose up to 50 percent of their produce due to post-harvest losses, impacting the productivity and profit-loss margin of their businesses. The Rockefeller Foundation launched YieldWise to reduce food loss and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in key crop-country pairings in Africa.
The YieldWise initiative aims to create sustainable, market-led, well-functioning value chains to reduce food loss. Yet, a systemic approach is needed to achieve their targets.
During the Frontier 100 Forum, key partners critical to the success of this approach were panelists at a forum session on the opportunities and challenges created by post-harvest loss.
Panelists included business leaders representing key pieces of the agricultural value chains selected by the Rockefeller Foundation: extension services, alternate markets (fresh and processed), input providers, and storage technology providers.
A common refrain expressed during the session focused on the importance of taking a specific role in the value chain. Panelists stressed the importance of rethinking their roles as business leaders to become systems leaders, driving cooperative value creation along the value chain and building bigger platforms for more voices to be engaged in the process.
Since 2013, IGD’s Advisory team has captured insights from IGD’s Frontier Leaders and the broader pan-African private sector network to inform the strategic direction of Rockefeller’s YieldWise Initiative.
Anna DeVries is a Manager at the Initiative for Global Development