Agriculture CS, Mr. Willy Bett, having a group photo with sponsors of 1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress and Local Organizing Committee from the University of Nairobi. Launching of the 1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress took place at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi.
Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Willy Bett, has officially launched the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress. Speaking at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, the CS took the opportunity to congratulate the University of Nairobi for their great efforts towards planning and consequently ensuring that the 1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress opening ceremony was a success.
He also urged all stakeholders to actively participate in preventing Post-harvest loss since it is an issue that should not be left as a sole responsibility of the government.
“Post-harvest loss is depriving the country a lot of revenues. I am glad that the question of preventing post-harvest loss is given the much needed focus especially through this forum”, He added.
The CS further challenged researchers at Kenyan Universities to actively participate in doing researches that are geared towards developing data which portrays the actual state of Post-harvest loss gap in local situations for local solutions.
It is estimated that one third (30%) of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted along the supply chains globally. In hosting the 1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress, the University of Nairobi will be taking a leading role in preventing food loss and shortages in Africa. According to the United Nations, the world population is predicted to hit the 9 billion mark by the year 2050. During the same period, Africa’s population is expected to double from the current 1.2 billion to 2.5 billion. To meet the food and nutrition needs of this rising population, food production (under the current trends) will have to increase by 70%. Increasing production requires additional resources (land, water, energy, and other agro-inputs) that are scarce and inelastic. One strategy for increasing the food available to feed the ever-increasing population is to ensure proper and better utilization of the food that is already produced.
The Local Organizing Committee chairperson of 1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress and Exhibition is Dr. Jane Ambuko.
For more information, visit: http://africa-postharvestconference.uonbi.ac.ke/