Cartier Philanthropy - Zero crop losses for zero hunger

Zero crop losses for zero hunger

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Post-harvest loss can be a debilitating problem for smallholder farmers. In Mozambique, over 30% of crops are regularly lost in the weeks following harvest due to inadequate household storage and crop handling. For rural families, this means lost food, income, water and family health. From 2017 we have been funding the WFP to pilot simple and affordable solutions in Tete province, such as hermetic bags, to help reduce post-harvest losses for smallholder farmers growing maize, beans and fresh vegetables for use in school meals. Today WFP is working to ensure 200,000 quality hermetic bags will be adopted by 2024, increasing farmers’ incomes by 15% and their food availability by 50%.

Duration
2017-2024
Focus area
Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems Access to Basic Services
country
Mozambique
partner
World Food Programme

Context

Post-harvest loss can be a debilitating problem for smallholder farmers. In Mozambique, over 30% of crops are regularly lost in the weeks following harvest due to inadequate household storage and crop handling. For rural families, this means lost food, income, water and family health.

Action

WFP has piloted simple and affordable solutions in Tete province, such as hermetic bags, to help reduce post-harvest losses for smallholder farmers growing maize, beans and fresh vegetables for use in school meals.

To increase the adoption of hermetic bags, WFP organized demonstration trials and trained extension agents to teach smallholder farmers (44% of them women) how to use this new technology properly. Enabling farmers to store their agricultural products for sale in the lean season, when prices rise due to reduced availability, hermetic bags not only increase the farmers consumption and food security, but also improve their income.

WFP played a pivotal role in facilitating direct interactions between the farmers, agro-processors and schools, strengthening the procurement of locally grown food by schools. Smallholder farmers’ sales increased by 141% as a result, and schools now represent a reliable market for the farmers.

WFP is working to foster sustainability, ensuring 200,000 quality hermetic bags will be adopted by 2024, increasing farmers’ incomes by 15% and their food availability by 50%.

Expected results

The success of this WFP pilot project could lead to the nationwide adoption of hermetic technologies for postharvest loss reduction in Mozambique.