African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services

Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa (PHM-SSA) Project

The project aims to improve food security (increased food self-sufficiency and incomes) of smallholder farmers in SSA through reduction of postharvest losses of food crops (grains and pulses) by addressing major constraining factors of technology dissemination and adoption, knowledge and information sharing, rural advisory services (RAS) and policies related to PHM. The PHM-SSA project is coordinated by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) and implemented in a consortium with FANRPAN, with AFAAS and AGRIDEA as further partners.
Phase 1 started from April 2013 to March 2017, in 2 pilot countries: Republic of Benin in the communities of Atacora (North) and Savalou (South); and in Mozambique in the communities of Nampula and Cabo Delgado. During phase 1, technologies, methods and practices were developed and tested, that further resulted into elaborating materials on PHM including; technical manuals, factsheets, farmer training materials (Calendar of good practices, flyers). These materials are downloadable from AFAAS online platforms for adaption and use by extension workers in Africa.
The project is now in its second phase, implemented from April 2017 to March 2020. The major emphasis of the second phase is on promoting adoption of proven technologies and good practices on PHM to scale, at national and regional level.