B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes in the Daily Monitor, Uganda
It is quite frustrating to think of the amount of food produced by struggling smallholder farmers in Uganda and gets lost due to lack of proper storage.
A lot of our poverty and food insecurity reduction efforts ought to be geared towards this big challenge. Food storage is important especially in this era of climate change when farmers can no longer fully trust their own climatic and weather predictions.
Heavy rainstorms, floods, and long droughts have left homesteads in entire villages without food to eat or any surplus to sell.
According to some estimates as much as 30 per cent of the total crop produced in sub-Saharan countries is lost due to poor storage problems.
All households in rural areas need to preserve some of their harvested crops to turn to during lean periods. Many of them depend on stored seed, saved from previous harvests. Read more …