Farmer Asegu Borka Toysela, 60, married and a mother of ten who lives in Ethiopia’s Southern region of Derashe wereda, Argoba Tenao kebelle, collecting maize from a new metal silo technology introduced by FAO and it is proven its effectiveness in protecting the harvested grains from attack of rodent pests and mosture , on 26 April 2021

FAO Launches New Project to Tackle Post-harvest Losses in Amhara Region

BAHIR DAR – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday said it has launched a new $1.5 million project to improve post-harvest management of maize, wheat, honey, and Dairy farming in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.

The project was launched with financial support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) last week and will be implemented in six Woredas of East Gojam Zone of the region, says the UN agency.

The four-year long project aims to build the capacities of farmers, agricultural extension workers as well as youth artisans who will fabricate and market post-harvest handling technologies.

Country Director KOICA, Lee Byunghwa said the project is part of Korea’s broader efforts to improve agricultural production in Ethiopia.

“Addressing post-harvest losses is a key step in realizing the full potential of the agriculture sector,” he said.

FAO said it will jointly implement the new project in collaboration with the various federal and regional government offices and Bure Integrated Agro-Industry Park.

Hulet Iju Enese, Sede, Enarji Enawuga, Enebsie Sar Mider, Goncha Siso Enese, and Bibugn are the woredas that will benefit from the project.

“The project will boost FAO’s ongoing efforts to reduce post-harvest losses using proven technologies and practices,” said Fatouma Seid, the FAO Representative in Ethiopia.

Post-harvest losses in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, significant losses occur after crops are harvested up to the time they are consumed and the critical loss points for most of the crops are harvesting, threshing, and storage.

The post-harvest loss assessment of wheat ranges from 15-21 percent whereas the loss for maize ranges from 19-23 percent, shows recent FAO assessment studies.

The assessments also found that post-harvest losses in milk and honey are associated with poor handling, contamination, and conservation, among others.

Post-harvest losses and poor management practices are some of the major factors hindering smallholder farmers from integrating into commercial value chains.

“Empowering farmers with post-harvest skills and technologies will enable them to produce good quality products that meet the recommended standards thereby opening new opportunities to deliver quality products to Bure Integrated Agro-Industrial Park”, she said.


Featured Image caption: The project will promote post-harvest management technologies, including metal silos. [Photo FAO]