KAMPALA – Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are supporting the Government of Uganda’s Agriculture Ministry to improve food security and the contribution of the agriculture sector to national economy, through interventions aimed at reducing food losses and reduced household incomes therefrom.
According to reports, poor post-harvest management in Uganda remains among the biggest impediments to the growth of the agriculture sector, with poor post-harvest handling resulting in food losses of grain value chains estimated at 17.6 percent for maize, 12.4 percent for millet and 13.5 percent for rice.
From that background, FAO and partners have organized a National Workshop for the Validation of the National Strategy for Post-harvest Loss Reduction in Grains on Thursday 30 May 2019 at the Golf Course Hotel, Kampala, starting at 9:00 am.
Food losses contribute to and exacerbate hunger, poverty and food insecurity as well as unsafe food for consumption.
It is, therefore hoped that the strategy will provide effective interventions that will preserve harvests, enhance the quality and market value of grains and increase food security and income of value chain actors.