ADVISORY: Action-Oriented Workshop to Engage Private Sector in Reducing Post-Harvest Loss and Unlocking Potential in Nigeria’s Tomato Value Chain

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Nigeria is Africa’s second largest producer of tomatoes with nearly 2 million tons harvested, but due to poor storage, transport, and infrastructure, a significant portion of the crop never makes it to market.

The Initiative for Global Development (IGD), in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, will host a two-day workshop, “Making Markets Work: A Private Sector Workshop on Reducing Postharvest Loss and Unlocking Potential in the Nigerian Tomato Value Chain”, on November 1- 2 in  Lagos, Nigeria.

The workshop will mobilize private sector engagement and action to scale up offtake from smallholder farmers and strengthen the value chain to reduce Post-Harvest Loss in the tomato industry. Workshop sessions range from Matching Demand and Supply in the Nigerian Tomato Value Chain” and “Driving Improved Off-take Potential and Loss Reduction through Access to Higher Quality Inputs and Technologies” to “Private-Sector Led Policy Engagement” and “Addressing Loss from Farmgate to Market Through Innovative Solutions”.  Click here for full agenda.

Also include in the workshop is a “Shark Tank” style session, where participants will hear speed presentations on innovative logistics and local solutions to reduce Post-Harvest Loss and build relationships to create better market interactions in the tomato value chain.

“The private sector knows how to solve problems,” said Dr. Mima Nedelcovych, IGD President and CEO. “The workshop will put forth solutions on producing high quality outputs, meeting future market demands, and unleashing technologies and innovation in the tomato value sector.”

IGD is a partner of the Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise initiative, to bring African private sector perspectives to minimize crop losses and to build an efficient, productive food chain.


WHO:  November 2 – 12:30-1:30PM: Fireside Discussion on Financing and Policy by the African Development Bank and Afrexim Bank

  • Damian Ihedioha, Coordinator Agro Industry Clusters Agriculture and Agro Industry Department, African Development Bank
  • Temitope Oluwo, Nigerian Agribusiness Group


WHEN:          November 1-2, 2016 – Click here for FULL AGENDA

                        November 1 – 2:00-6:00PM & November 2 – 9:00AM-4:00PM

WHERE:        Trends House | Plot 16, Remi Oluwude Way – Oceanside. Lekki Phase 1


MEDIA CONTACT: Shanta Bryant Gyan tel. +1-202-412-4603 •

MORE INFO: The workshop follows Chatham House Rules where the media can cover the event, but panelists cannot be identified by name or affiliation. Reporters can conduct on-the-record interviews with panelists and speakers during breaks.

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The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that engages and harnesses the power of the private sector to create sustainable development and inclusive growth in Africa. IGD brings together an influential Frontier Leader network of CEOs and senior executives from leading African and global companies to catalyze greater business investment and impact on the continent. For more information,