Post Harvest Management

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 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 envisions an inclusive society which is healthier, food and nutrition secure and effectively contributing to economic growth in Tanzania.

Operating principles (approach) of TPMP:

  • Public and private partnership
  • Respect knowledge of farmers and build from that knowledge
  • Adherence to cross cutting issues (gender and youths, HIV/AIDS, environment including climate change)
  • Evidence and rights based engagement
  • Inclusivity

The mission of the TPMP is to coordinate PHL reduction in grains (cereals and pulses), enhance capacity of stakeholders and carry out research and advocacy to increase income of men and women smallholder farmers in Tanzania.

Core values of TPMP

  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Transparency and  openness
  • Team work and participation
  • Integrity
  • Impartiality

The strategic objectives of the TPMP are:

  • Awareness (e.g. learning sessions) to stakeholders  on postharvest losses in grains and legumes raised
  • Advocacy for  formulation and implementation of PHM policy conducted
  • Reduction of postharvest losses in grains and legumes is coordinated along  the value chain
  • Capacity of stakeholders to address various   issues on PHM  enhanced
  • Networking and collaboration among PHM stakeholders promoted
  • Research on PHM is done and results disseminated to stakeholders
  • Capacity of the PHM platform to carry out its operations efficiently and effectively enhanced

TPMP Steering Committee is composed of members from the  Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania Graduate Farmers Association, RMDI, RUDI, Frabho Enterprises , MAFE, BajutaInt (T) ltd and one independent researcher.

In year 2016, 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 the development a National PHM strategy
  3. Increase awareness among platform members and public on general PHM issues
  4. Develop 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 and info@ansaf.or.tz or gplp@helvetas.org