The Eastern Africa Grain Council, EAGC represented by Executive Director, Gerald Masila and Program Officer, Titus Kisangau participated in the 1st All Africa Post-Harvest Congress media launch breakfast meeting on 17th January, 2017 at The Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi. The breakfast was aimed at creating awareness to build discussions around post harvest losses of commodities which amounts to about 1.3 million tonnes in Africa yearly.
The meeting, graced by the Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Willy Bett, was aired live by the Kenya Television Network (KTN) and covered by several media houses in Kenya.
Mr Gerald Masila was among the panelists discussing the role of private sector in addressing issues of post harvest losses and grain markets and prices. In his remarks, he succinctly said that the private sector through EAGC, is committed to support post harvest technologies which would be adopted to offer lasting solutions to post harvest loses.
The congress themed ‘Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for Africa’ under the various sub-themes, is organized by the University of Nairobi in partnership with several organizations among them Eastern Africa Grain Council and supported by The Rock Feller Foundation as the main sponsor and other sponsors. The congress will be held from 28th to 31st March, 2017 at Safari Park Hotels, Nairobi Kenya.
During the congress, entries from innovators in the post-harvest arena from across Africa will participate in the competitions under the Post-harvest Technologies Challenge (PTC) which seeks to attract innovators from all over Africa to share new technologies and innovative ideas to address food loss and waste in the African context. The entries w ill be screened by experts through a process which will identify the top 10 innovations. The finalists will pitch for their innovations to investors, donors and other relevant stakeholders during a special sessions of the congress.
A great diversity of delegates have already registered for the congress including researchers, academics,entrepreneurs, farmers, farmer organization leaders, innovators, development agencies, civil society and policy makers from all over the world.
Among partners will be, Rockefeller Foundation as the strategic partner for the congress, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Horticulture Innovation Lab (USAID), East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID), Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Post-harvest Education Foundation, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) among others.
EAGC within its mandate addresses issues of post harvest losses and therefore the partnership with the University of Nairobi to host the inaugural All Africa Post –Harvest Congress is a great milestone which will go far in realizing adoption of sustainable technologies to address the post harvest loss menace.