In many developing countries, food loss is largely caused by poor transportation and little to no storage. This is a huge problem in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where a third of all food produced is lost before it reaches the marketplace.
According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 30m tonnes of grains and oilseeds are lost every year in SSA and 85% of that is lost in the production, harvesting, handling and processing stages of the supply chain.
Reducing this food loss is important because it makes more food available for consumption. And as Nigeria is the biggest producers of cassava worldwide, BOSCH, a global supplier of technology and services partnered with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) recently to organize a Stakeholders Consultative Meeting in Lagos with farmers to discuss the prospect, challenges and marketing windows of cassava production in the country.
According to Mr. Ghislain Noumbessy, Managing Director of Robert Bosch West Africa, it is imperative for farmers to take advantage of the technological tools and services that could help them proffer solutions to their food loss and perk up their profit.
Noumbessy stated that Bosch has been motivated by the search for ever-better technological solutions and fresh approaches that will help tackle the great challenges of today and deliver benefits to her customers.
“At Bosch, our work is guided and motivated to find solutions to even the most complex technological challenges while at the same time preserving natural resources and making a positive contribution to the society and that is why we decided to create a stakeholders consultative meeting to discuss about the market prospects, challenges and opportunities of agriculture especially in Cassava farming,” he said.
A representative of UNIDO from Austria, Dr. Yvonne Lokko stated that the organization is working with Bosch in line with …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper