Shona post harvest guide

Post-harvest losses usually occur after harvesting. It usually starts first from the field after harvest, in the harvesting process, in storage, during transportation and in the markets. Several losses are known to occur because of poor facilities, lack of know-how, poor management, market dysfunction or simply the carelessness of farmers. The LFSP is supporting several … Continue reading Shona post harvest guide

Protecting farmers’ livelihoods through improved grain storage

The problem: Profit losses due to crop storage constraints Grain storage loss can cost farmers 25%-30% of their yield for the season due to moisture, insects, mold, mildew, and rodents. In Zimbabwe, 14 million people depend on stored grains for consumption. The World Bank (2014) estimates up to 9.5 million people (67.5%) reside in rural … Continue reading Protecting farmers’ livelihoods through improved grain storage

Effective Grain Storage Key to Food Security

Currently, one of the main global challenges faced is how to ensure food security for an ever increasing world population. At the heart of the engine that drives the world’s food security agenda are smallholder farmers. In many African countries, agriculture production accounts for over 70% of the labour force, 20% of agribusiness and over … Continue reading Effective Grain Storage Key to Food Security