IGD Advisory Team Leads Efforts to Engage Private Sector in Reducing Post-Harvest Losses in Africa

Categories: Agricultural Value Chains , Agriculture , Featured

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It’s been a year since the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) launched the YieldWise initiative (YW) at the World Economic Forum in Davos to address the problem of post-harvest loss. IGD Advisory team has been working with RF since 2013 to reduce global waste, spoilage and post-harvest loss in Africa, initially contributing insights to the YW strategy and now supporting its implementation.

Check in with the IGD Advisory team for an update on the YW activities.

Since the Yieldwise launched in 2016, IGD has focused on building private sector linkages to ensure that the initiative is a sustainable, market-led effort with a lasting impact.

yw-meetingAs a convener of leading business leaders in Africa, IGD has engaged nearly 150 companies and consolidated their views on value chain challenges and solutions to reduce post-harvest loss. The private sector insights gathered from the convenings  provide key recommendations to the Rockefeller Foundation and their implementing partners on how to better integrate the private sector into the targeted agriculture value chains. 

The first three months of IGD’s work  has centered on creating opportunities for integrating African companies into PYXERA Global’s activities in the Nigerian tomato value chain and Technoserve’s activities in the Kenyan mango value chain. PYXERA Global and Technoserve are the YieldWise implementing partners in Nigeria and Kenya.

The Advisory team has highlighted the critical role of the private sector in addressing the challenge of post-harvest loss and creating demand for smallholder farmers-produced crops. IGD has facilitated introductions to offtakers (or processors) and strategic private sector partners and created collaborations throughout the value chain (e.g., alternative markets, technology, transport and logistics, finance) to help bring forth the sustainable solutions to crop losses.

Farming is a business. Farmers, like many business people, need to understand how new approaches and technologies will improve both yields and their profitability. Companies can encourage smallholder farmers to increase the access to and affordability of technologies to reduce crop loss. Additionally, diversifying value chain activities and expanding markets are essential for farmers in building a sustainable business. For example, if a factory goes out of business, other outlets will absorb the crops in the marketplace and protect against the increased losses.

Increasing the capacity of agricultural entrepreneurs will support them in adopting innovative, market-led approaches and strategically thinking through the proper inputs that increase the value of their crop and make their final product marketable. Training also helps farmers in planting the right crop varieties and using the appropriate fertilizer to improve their final product.

IGD Advisory team will launch the Tomato Value Chain working group in Nigeria with quarterly meetings led by private sector influencers to identify collective actions to address industry bottlenecks. The team is also making progress in addressing the finance gap for mid-tier businesses by exploring innovative financing mechanisms, financial institutions and match-making companies with potential investors.

To learn more about IGD’s work with the Rockefeller Foundation to reduce post-harvest loss, please click here.

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