There is general consensus that policy reforms in the agricultural sector, especially in relation to the reduction of post-harvest losses (PHL) of main cereal crops, is a matter of priority
Results from different research studies demonstrate that farmers loose up to 40% of the harvest through PHL (depending on the crop and geographical area). This has a negative impact on their income, livelihood and production incentives. However, there is NO comprehensive data on PHL in grain for Tanzania
The most recent data goes back to the 1950-1960’s2 . For cereal grains, the value3 of PHLin Sub-Saharan Africa is estimated at around 4 billion US$ annually or almost 15% of the total
production value .
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