Post Harvest Management in Tanzania

Ms. Josephine Amolo, Assistant Director Postharvest Services

Ms. Josephine Amolo, Assistant Director Postharvest Services at the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries.

Post-harvest losses (PHL) in Tanzania, including in the central corridor are high and contribute to a loss of income and to food insecurity. Studies show that PHL ranges between 15 to 40% for different crops but are of particular concern for grains, especially cereals and pulses, which form the base for food and income for majority of rural Tanzanians.

The Grain Postharvest Loss Prevention (GPLP) project is implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

The overall goal of the project is to reduce postharvest losses of food grains in the central corridor of Tanzania and improve food security and incomes of targeted farming households as well as rural employment through appropriate PHM technology, capacity building and informed policy.
The project has three expected outcomes:
1) Targeted smallholder households have a better capacity to store grains;
2) A sustainable metal silo and alternative PHT market is in place; and
3) Post-harvest policies and framework conditions in Tanzania are improved.

ANSAF is an implementing partner of GPLP/HELVETAS contributing to achieve the third outcome. In this aspect, the role of

TPMP members who attended the Annual General Meeting held in Morogoro from January 19th to 20th, 2017.

ANSAF is to facilitate and strengthen the capacity of the national level PHM platform – Tanzania Postharvest Management Platform (TPMP).

The TPMP is an informal forum where different actors in Tanzania involved in postharvest issues meet and share experiences, learn from each other and work together in the areas such as research and advocacy. TPMP consists of diverse actors along the Post Harvest Management (PHM) continuum (i.e., farmers’ representatives, agro-dealers, processors, traders, transporters, research institutions and academia, relevant government departments, Post Harvest Technology (PHT) service providers, development partners and non-governmental organizations)
TPMP envisions an inclusive society, which is healthier, food and nutrition secure and effectively contributing to economic growth in Tanzania.
Operating principles (approach) of TPMP:
i. Public and private partnership
ii. Respect knowledge of farmers and build from that knowledge
iii. Adherence to cross cutting issues (gender and youths, HIV/AIDS, environment including climate change)
iv. Evidence and rights based engagement
v. Inclusivity–Non- segregation
The mission of the TPMP is to enhance capacity of stakeholders, to carry out research and advocacy to influence PHM policy and practice in Tanzania.
Core values of TPMP
i. Professionalism Accountability (transparency, openness)
i.ii. Transparency and openness
ii.iii. Team work and participation
iii.iv. Integrity
ii.v. Impartiality– not affiliated to political parties, religions, ethnic groups, gender etc.
The strategic objectives of the TPMP are:
1. Raise awareness (e.g. Learning sessions) of stakeholders on post-harvest losses.
2. Conduct advocacy for formulation and implementation of PHM strategy and related policies.
3. Enhance capacity of stakeholders to address various issues on PHM
4. Promote networking and collaboration among PHM stakeholders in all initiatives aimed at reducing PHL
5. Conduct research on PHM and disseminate results to stakeholders
6. Enhance capacity of the PHM platform to carry out its operations efficiently and effectively.
TPMP Steering Committee is comprised of members from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Cereals and Other Produce Board, Sokoine University of Agriculture, The University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Graduate Farmers Association, INNODEV, RUDI, Frabho Enterprises, , Bajuta Int (T) ltd and SNV. The chairperson of the TPMP is Prof Henry Laswai from SUA with Julius Wambura from FRABHO as the vice chairperson.
In year 2017, ANSAF, GPLP and HELVETAS aim to:
1. Strengthen the capacity of Tanzania Postharvest Management Platform (TPMP) platform and its members to realize its strategic objectives
2. Support finalization of the on-going development of the National PHM strategy
3. Increase awareness among platform members and public on general PHM issues
4. Support the development of PHM guideline for extension workers
5. Advocate to Integrated PHM issues in national agriculture development plans
For more details on TPMP, please contact advocacy1@ansaf.or.tz, phm@ansaf.or.tz and info@ansaf.or.tz or gplp@helvetas.org