Business Case for Reducing Post-Harvest Loss

IGD as the Voice of Africa’s Private Sector for the Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise Initiative

Picture_1044Since 2013, IGD has leveraged its pan-African network to inform the strategic direction of the Rockefeller Foundation’s (RF) YieldWise Initiative, which is a $130 million, multi-year program that seeks to cut total food loss in half by 2030. Rockefeller takes an innovative approach by combining existing, but disconnected, elements of private sector and donor investments into an integrated system that addresses food waste and spoilage.

IGD consolidated private sector perspectives on reducing post-harvest loss and identified specific leverage points for the private sector to connect smallholder farmers into markets and create efficiencies in the value chains. Through this study we engaged over 200 companies in the value chains of fruits, vegetables, and staple crops in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and Tanzania. Summarized in the infographic.

IGD’s current focus seeks to integrate Africa’s private sector into RF’s priority value chains to create sustainable market-led, well-functioning value chains that reduce food loss and improve smallholder livelihoods. Critical to this effort is demonstrating the business case for reducing post-harvest loss.


IGD Addresses Post-Harvest Loss on the Rockefeller Foundation YieldWise Initiative

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Learn About IGD’s Work in the YieldWise Priority Value Chains

Nigeria: Tomatoes

Initially IGD identified and vetted private sector actors in Nigeria’s tomato value chain in order to broker partnerships between market buyers and the farmer associations engaged by Rockefeller Foundation’s implementing partner in Nigeria, PYXERA Global.

Recently, IGD convened 45 Nigerian and global business leaders in Nigerian agribusiness for a practical workshop to identify market-led solutions to the post-harvest losses in Nigeria’s tomato value chain.


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Kenya: Mangoes

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IGD is working with Kenyan companies in the mango value chain to broker partnerships that create an ecosystem of engaged companies, including buyers sourcing from farmer associations engaged by RF’s implementing partner in Kenya, Technoserve for domestic, regional, and international markets of the fresh, dried, and processed mango industries. In addition IGD seeking to increase the volumes of mangoes sourced from RF supported farmers by enabling companies to achieve growth. In particular IGD is identifying company’s specific finance needs and matching to finance available from impact investors, funds, and finance providers.

Tanzania: Maize

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IGD’s work in Tanzania with the Rockefeller Foundation’s implementing partner AGRA seeks to broaden the business model and approach of the Last Mile Alliance—a corporate collaboration among four leading companies in Tanzania that improve smallholder farmer’s access to loss-reducing technologies. Particular areas of focus include increasing value-addition capacity through innovative applications of mobile processing technology and enhancing value conservation by increasing availability and uptake of low-cost post-harvest loss solutions.

Nigeria: Cassava

Image: Cassava crop

IGD mapped the private sector landscape in Nigeria’s cassava value chain and identified critical private sector influencers to provide a consolidated overview of private sector perspectives on reducing post-harvest loss in the cassava value chain.

Read the Blog Posts

IGD has published a series of blog posts on our work with the Rockefeller Foundations’s YieldWise Initiative on private sector-led solutions to address post-harvest loss.

New Investment Fund to Support Women Agri-Entrepreneurs in Africa

 Blog  | November 6, 2018

IGD Workshop Supports Tanzanian SMEs in Becoming ‘Investment Ready’ Businesses

 Blog  | October 18, 2018

AgDevCo welcomes new funding from the British government

 Press Release  | August 30, 2018

Making Markets Work: Increasing Mechanization to Achieve Growth in the Mango Value Chain in Kenya

 Helen Mant  | June 20, 2018

Marketplace Workshop: Unlocking Resources For SMEs In Tanzania’s Maize Value Chain

 Helen Mant | May 17, 2018

EVENT: Unlocking Financial Resources for Agribusiness SMEs in Tanzania 

March 15, 2018 –  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM  |  Dar Salaam, Tanzania

Making Markets Work: African Agribusiness Leaders Convene to Navigate Financing Options to Reduce Crop Losses

 Helen Mant and Lia Mayka | November 8, 2017

Making Markets Work: Strengthening the Role of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Kenyan Mango Value Chain

 Helen Mant and Lia Mayka | August 31, 2017

Reducing Post-Harvest Loss Can Help End Hunger

Deirdre White, CEO, PYXERA Global | July 2017

Solutions to Filling the ‘Missing Middle’s’ Finance Gap in Agriculture

Helen Mant and Mary Jane Potter | April 12, 2017

Blog Series – Building Partnerships for “Traceable” Supply Chains and Improved Farmer Livelihoods

Anna DeVries | March 15, 2017

Applying a Systems Approach to the Problem of Post-Harvest Loss

Ellie Jorgensen| February 24, 2017

IGD Advisory Team Convened Nigerian Private Sector for the First Tomato Working Group

Anna DeVries | February 15, 2017

Blog Series – Private Sector Confronts Challenges in Nigeria’s Tomato Processing Industry

Anna DeVries | February 15, 2017

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

Anna DeVries | January 18, 2017

Bringing the Voice of Africa’s Private Sector to the Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise Initiative

IGD Staff | December 13, 2016

Action-focused workshop engaged Nigeria’s private sector in reducing post-harvest loss and unlocking potential in the tomato value chain

Shanta Bryant | November 4, 2016

Advisory: Action-Oriented workshop to engage private sector in reducing post-harvest loss and unlocking potential in Nigeria’s tomato value chain

Shanta Bryant | October 31, 2016

IGD enters new partnership with Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise initiative to reduce post-harvest loss

Shanta Bryant | August 31, 2016

Recap: YieldWise: Preventing crop loss to bolster African farmer livelihoods and fuel growth along the value chains

Shanta Bryant | June 7, 2016

Rockefeller Foundation launches YieldWise initiative to reduce post-harvest loss at World Economic Forum

IGD Staff | January 21, 2016

Private sector-led solutions to reduce post-harvest loss in Africa

IGD Staff | October 29, 2015


Stakeholders Identify Ways to Reducing PHL In Tomatoes Value Chain

November 11, 2016 in National Journal and The New Telegraph

Stakeholders Brainstorm on Saving Nigeria’s Tomato Industry

November 11, 2016 in Independent Nigeria and November 12, 2016 in Business Impact

Stakeholders Tackle Tomato Post Harvest Losses

November 13, 2016 in The Guardian Nigeria and November 14, 2016 in AgroBusinessngr


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