ZAMBIA - The European Union in partnership with Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) and other regional stakeholders have launched a project to reduce pre and post-harvest waste in the groundnut value chain (GnVC).
This is expected to result in increased food and nutrition security of women smallholder farmers in Zambia and Malawi.
The project dubbed as platform for African-European partnership in Agriculture and rural development (PAEPARD) through competitive research fund will be implemented over a three-year period and will offer interventions to farmers to increase incomes, food and nutrition security.
The project aims to reduce pre and post-harvest losses by reducing Aflatoxin in the GnVC for improved food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers by addressing main constraining factors of technology dissemination and adoption, knowledge and information sharing and policies.
This is according to a statement issued on the side-lines of the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) regional workshop on climate smart agriculture in Lusaka last Friday that groundnuts are a vital component in the livelihoods of rural families.
“The challenge is that the groundnuts of these farmers are prone to Aflatoxin contamination. The contamination can occur anytime from pre-harvest to post-harvest and has enormous health and economic consequences. Investing in pre and post-harvest loss research, technical advice and policy advocacy to reduce food losses can significantly increase the incomes, food and nutrition security of the farmers,” it stated.
The PAEPARD project implementation partners are ZARI, National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi, Eastern Province Farmers’ Cooperative (Zambia), FANRPAN (South Africa), University of Greenwich (UK), Department of Agricultural Research (Malawi).
September 4, 2015; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=42156