Africa’s First Postharvest Loss Reduction Innovation Conference

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about one-third of food produced globally is lost or wasted along supply chains. The FAO further reports that food waste is worse in developing countries because 40 percent of food is lost postharvest. The overall objective of this gathering is to reduce food loss and waste across the African continent.

This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas of innovation with policymakers, farmers, academics and entrepreneurs on the topic of food waste in Africa. Attendees will be able to learn, share information, build partnerships, and innovate with others concerned about food waste. Attendees will also experience the realities of the food waste scenario in Kenya by visiting farms, markets, packing houses, processing plants, and packaging facilities to interact with and observe various stakeholders in the food supply chain.

The conference is the first of its kind on the continent and will provide an excellent platform for all stakeholders in the food supply chain. Current technologies, strategies, and policies will be showcased that have reduced postharvest losses throughout Africa. 

All-Africa Postharvest Technologies and Innovations Challenge

The All-Africa Postharvest Technologies and Innovations Challenge, 2017, is now open to individuals and organizations from or working in Africa and serves as an opportunity to leverage technology to reduce postharvest waste. The challenge seeks to showcase emerging solutions with realistic scale-up potential and strengthen ties between entrepreneurs and investors. The entries should either be in testing or at market-ready stages of development.

The deadline for entry submission is February 17, 2017. The top 10 innovators will pitch their solutions in Kenya and receive US$35,000. Presentations will take place during a session of all stakeholders at the three-day conference. The entries should be submitted by email to postharvest.challenge@uonbi.ac.ke with a copy to postharvest.challenge@gmail.com.