FIRST EAST AFRICAN CONFERENCE ON POST-HARVEST LOSSES TO BE HELD IN NAIROBI

The first Post-harvest Technology Congress in East Africa is expected to be held next year to address and reduce the level of losses which currently account for more than 30 per cent of the food crops produced for human consumption in the sub-region.

James Shikwati, the chief executive officer of the nairobi-based think tank, the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN), says the Post-Harvest Technology Congress and Challenge will be held in the Kenyan capital towards the end of the first quarter of 2017.

This competition will enable us to identify a range of technologies which have the potential to help the continent confront and counter the huge challenges in post-harvest management, he says in a statement.

The IREN is co-ordinating the congress in partnership with the United States Ahency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and Sygenta, the Swiss agribusiness which produces agro-chemicals and seeds.

Shikwati says the key highlight of the congress will be the inaugural “Postharvest Technology Challenge 2017”, which aims to identify 10 scalable innovations and technologies, from the East Africa Community (EAC).

IREN welcomes entries featuring post-harvest innovations and technologies that demonstrate potential for scale-up and wider dissemination from institutions, innovators, researchers and individuals aged 18 and above from the EAC member countries namely Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, he adds.

The challenge will focus on post-harvest management of perishable food crop commodities, perishable livestock and fish products, and non-perishable food commodities which include grains, cereals, pulses and processed foods.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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