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May 2nd, 2018 / SciDev.net

Adopting cost-effective technologies could help smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa tackle postharvest losses and increase their income, a report says.

According to the FAO, postharvest losses reduce the income of the continent’s farmers and value chain actors that depend on farmers by about 15 per cent.

The report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released last month (March) highlights the scale of postharvest losses and the gains farmers could make by using novel technologies such as Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) bags, metal silos and zero energy cool chamber (ZECC). Read more